“I’m going to investigate the mood at the bar”

TV Show: Manhattan
Episode Title: Last Reasoning of Kings
Original Air Date: August 17, 2014
Episode Number: 1×04

Episode Description

Frank grapples with haunting memories from his past and his erratic behavior gets called into question, putting his team’s loyalty to the test. The Hill receives a visit from a famed physicist, whose sudden arrival sparks curiosity among the scientists – and Charlie is assigned to escort him around the compound. Callie plots an escape.

My Review

Okay, this episode is now my favorite so far. The whole structure was so well-done with the flashback to Frank’s time as a soldier during WWI (I felt so stupid that I didn’t realize it was his story we’re seeing until he sad his name towards the end because I should have made that correlation right away) and the present time where we see his state of mind. Now I understand him more as to why time is of the essence and why he’s behaving so irrationally at times and is just curt and rude to everyone. Still doesn’t excuse his behavior, but at least I can somewhat sympathize with his situation.

His behavior during the test and after the bomb blew up just left me shaking my head. Him pulling the gun at Crosley and pointing it at him actually made me really scared for Crosley because Frank is the last guy you want holding a gun even if he has no intention of firing it. It worked, though, because Crosley has renewed vigor and purpose to continue working with Frank and probably is more respectful of Frank in the process after that speech.

Is it safe to assume that the chlorine gas that Dr. Bohr mentioned in his last scene with Charlie was the cause of death for those soldiers in the bunker that killed all of Frank’s crew? Damn. Dr. Bohr’s speech was an eye-opener and just perfectly explained the dilemma that some of the scientists are going through with ending the war at the expense of killing more people that they consider enemies. Dr. Bohr has lost his appetite for that and is no longer interested in having a hand to further the devastation of war.

As much as I liked Frank’s story, the one scene that really moved me was Dr. Bohr’s conversation with Liza retelling her the story Frank told him that he thinks so highly of Liza that he believes that she would win the Nobel Prize. That got me all choked up. Dr. Bohr’s advice to Liza that she shouldn’t stop her work just because they’re in the compound was also great to hear: “Flowers bloom everywhere, Dr. Winter. Even in the desert.” I want to see Liza busying herself with science and finding joy in it. At least she’ll have that if Frank and Callie continue to isolate themselves from her.

I do have a question about the Winters, though. Why did Liza need to be with Frank at the compound, along with Callie? Why uproot their whole lives and live in the desert without knowing fully what they’re signing themselves up for? Did they think this was a permanent position? I can’t believe that she would give up her chance to be tenured just so Frank could work for the government. I know it’s for dramatic purposes, but in reality, I just can’t believe she would throw all that away for her husband.

More and more, it looks like Charlie will end up working with Frank now that he’s seen how Akley and Oppenheimer are like behind the scenes. Charlie seems to be losing his standing with both men through his actions, not because of his brilliance. Can’t wait to see what comes of the whole visit from Dr. Bohr and if the dynamics between the men will change.

Other random observations:

– Not interested in seeing Callie and Dunlavey possibly having a relationship. Just no, please.

– I was so appalled by one of Abby’s “friends” commenting about the American Indian’s inability to speak English and that for 10,000 years living in this country, they still don’t know how to speak it. Excuse you, bitch. Americans are the ones who invaded the Indians’ country and turned them into slaves. How about you learn their language because they were before you?

– Meeks, Fritz, and Helen freaking out when Dr. Bohr visited their office was very funny. Meeks unable to speak was the funniest moment of the episode: “Dr. Nohr. Noctor Door. Niels.”

– Interesting conversation between Crosley and the MP about scientists and soldiers and as to who is more essential. Frank is right in that scientists are soldiers during times of war.

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