Synopsis: The team is sent to a high-tech research facility where the researchers have been turned into mindless monsters by a bizarre power source in the centres lab.
Review: This episodes starts with Jenkins summoning a fairy in order to get some intelligence on the whereabouts and plans of prospero, but when a computer research lab runs into difficulties with a system crash the team are dispatched to try and solve the problem.
It turns out that the crystal making up the computer research labs processor is made up of an ancient Atlantian crystal, which was responsible for the fall of Atlantis.
As the team arrive. It is to late. The system has gone critical, but as they escape back through their magical portal they find themselves back at the research facility, which has been totally trashed.
At first the team attempts to solve the issue all by themselves, but all die in the attempt. However Ezekiel Jones is the only member of the team to remember how they died when the system resets and they find themselves repeating the same chain of events over and over.
At first Jones believes it is the systems take on ground hog day and any number of TV shows and movies that have come after, but once it becomes obvious that this is not the case. He comes to the conclusion that it is a video game and because he always arrives through the portal first. He is cast in the role of the player while his friend are the computer generated allies that always die.
At this point Jones locks the rest of the team in a room. Only calling upon one team member at a time in order to figure out a way through the game.
This was a pretty fun twist on the Ground Hog day trope, but the fact that the first half of the story stays with that trope for so long was a bit of a turn off for me. It was only when Jones realises that it is a video game that the episode opens up and starts to make sense.
The moment where Jones tells the team that he is tired of seeing them all die and decided to sacrifice himself in order to save them is rather touching and sold really well by the shows youngest actor.
Ultimately the episodes storyline is not the strongest we have seen in this series and is only saved by some outstanding performances from the above names.
- Great performance from John Harlan Kim
- An average story, which spends to much time referencing Ground Hog Day
- Incidental Music9.1