Synopsis: In ‘Exposure’. With the city reeling from Maladie’s opera debut, Mundi takes a personal stake in tracking her down, while Amalia launches an investigation of her own. Meanwhile, the charitable Lavinia Bidlow seeks to destigmatize the Touched at a society event.
Picking up from last week. Maladie and her gang have taken Mary Brighten and are holding her captive. Meanwhile, both Inspector Mundi and Amalia True are investigating and agree to work together. Elsewhere in London. A young shop girl has discovered that she is touched and has been exposed. While she is running away she gets picked up by Dr. Hague whose intentions are not good.
At a Gentleman’s club, which is attended by members of the aristocracy. Lord Massen looks to take advantage of Maladies antics to create a Government policy that will turn the people against The Touched. Massen sees them as a plague. So he is not impressed when he learns that Hugo Swan is recruiting members of the Touched to participate in his sex parties. The two have a very public confrontation about this.
Meanwhile, Lavinia Bidlow asks Penance Adair to bring a few of the touched to a party, which she is hosting. Her plan is to show her guests that these Touched are not a threat. However, Lavinia takes issue when she sees Pannance talking with her brother Augie who is confiding in Pannance because he is Touched.
By the close of this episode. Amalia has faced off with Maladie and learned a terrible secret about who Maladie is.
‘Exposure’ brings us some fantastic acting performances as we learn a little more about this strange world of The Nevers. Ann Skelly continues to shine as Pennance who has a bunch of really good scenes in this episode. In particular. The scene that she shares with Augie (Tom Riley) is handled really well. Although I did find myself feeling a bit sorry for Pennance when Augie is forced to rather cruelly dismiss her at the wishes of his sister.
Also really good were the scenes in which we see Maladie talking with the captured Mary Brighten and trying to figure out her turn. Both Amy Manson and Eleanor Tomlinson do a great job of selling this scene.
This second episode ‘Exposure’ pulls a few more story threads back to reveal a bit more of the picture and goings-on in this world. I really enjoyed the reveal at the close of the episode, which shows us that Mrs. Bidlow’s cause may not be as noble or charitable as we first believed. I also felt the confrontation between Amalia and Maladie was nicely handled.
Thus far. I’m really enjoying the world-building that is going on here. It would be a real shame if Joss Whedon’s past involvement with this series kills its chances of getting a second season because I am really enjoying these characters and some of the mythology that is being set up.
Overall. A strong second episode.
- CGI & Stunts9.4
- Incidental Music9.5