Higher Learning: Cult Episode (1×06) Review – “The Good Fight”
This week’s episode of Cult was a bit of a departure from the previous episodes as Skye fell victim to the drug her friend Lexi slipped her at the fan party the night before. Instead of her and Jeff running around looking for Nate, the audience went on a drug-induced trip with Skye as she became trapped in the television show she’s been obsessed with ever since her father disappeared. In the dream world, Skye spent time with Billy Grimm, Kelly, and her father as they all tried to convince her to stop investigating her father’s disappearance. As Skye lapsed into a coma, Jeff tried to track down the drug she was slipped so the doctors could figure out what was causing her current state.
I have to say that this episode was one of my favorites in the series so far, because instead of focusing on the search for Nate (a character we really don’t know much about) it focused on Skye. “The Good Fight” allowed the audience the chance to get to know this character we’ve spent the last six weeks with on a more personal level. We finally got to meet her mother, and see how their relationship has been changed due to her father’s disappearance. While Skye has held on to the hope she would one day find out what happened to him, her mother has moved on with her life. The two woman obviously love one another, but for the past ten years Skye has felt like her mother has stopped loving her father, and this has driven the two apart. By the end of the episode Skye comes to realize that her mother will always lover her father, but needed to move on, just as Skye’s mother finally understands why Skye needs to keep looking. Skye and her mother’s relationship wasn’t the only other relationship to change. This ordeal has also brought Skye and Jeff closer together.
“Call me old-fashioned, but friends shouldn’t roofie friends.”
While Skye lingered in a coma, Jeff tried to get his hands on the drug so the doctors could save her life. Lexi no longer had any left, but Det. Sakelik did. Jeff, with the help of his boss Burt, broke into the detectives house and was able to get some of the tablets. With the drug, the doctors were able to create a serum to save Skye’s life. At the start of the episode Skye felt awkward about kissing Jeff at the party when she was under the influence. Jeff could tell that Skye was uncomfortable, and told her that it didn’t mean anything because she was high, but immediately you could tell Skye was hoping for more. By the end of the episode,Jeff realized that Skye is the only thing in his life that has been keeping him sane during everything he’s been through lately. While a romance may be a little ways off, it now seems these two may be open to the possibility, but with everything they’ve lost they may be too afraid to give it a try.
“There’s a time when you just need to give in and surrender to the fight.”
The episode was focused more on character development than moving the main story about Nate along further, but this was a good thing. Now it feels like we know both Jeff and Skye a bit more, which is important if we’re going to be able to root for them. Not just as the good guys, but also as a romantic couple. Not only was there no Nate this week, but the True Believers were also sidelined. One person we did learn a bit about was Det. Sakelik.
Last week it seemed she may not be the villain we’ve thought her to be, but it turns out we were wrong. When Jeff asked her for help, she refused and he had to break into her house in order to save Skye’s life. Since Jeff’s boss Burt helped distract Sakelik while Jeff searched her refrigerator, Sakelik knew Burt was involved in the burglary, and returned the favor by shooting Burt in his home. Earlier Sakelik made it a point to remind Jeff that his brother is the only thing keeping him safe, and that Skye wasn’t covered under that protection. Jeff didn’t listen, and now the life of someone else he cares about is in danger.
The characters in this series are very interesting, and I believe Cult would do better to focus more on them, instead of the fictional show, “Cult.” “The Good Fight” did just that, and I found myself completely sucked in just like one of the True Believers. With more episodes like this, it may be more understandable why these people have become so obsessed with “Cult,” because right now I just don’t get it. Here’s hoping to more character driven episodes from here on out.