[Spoilers from episode 2 below]
“How can they learn to trust us when we don’t give them reason to?” — Emery
A twist! A twist! The introduction of the Red Hawks — an extremist anti-Atrian group — spiked my curiosity, but the end of the episode with that twist really made this group even more interesting. Now, they’re not the only major political faction that has a stance on the Atrian v. Human situation. The episode really set out all of the chess pieces. Let’s break it down.
Atrians: Aka the aliens, who are separated into four tribes. Roman’s dad led these peeps, but after he was killed, he left a giant political position open for grabs. Roman wants to take control, but his uncle (a former Trag), doesn’t think he’s ready. I think Roman has the makings of a great leader, but he’s too focused on his “star-crossed” romance to be as effective as he could be. And he knows it too.
Humans: Aka the snobby kids in high school or the kindhearted ones like Emery. The humans are split on being pro-integration and pro-segregation. The middle players, I find amusing. Taylor is like the Caroline from “The Vampire Diaries” — one-dimensional mean girl with the chance to be something more and maybe truly epic. Also I sense a little chemistry between Taylor and Drake, an Atrian.
Can Julia be considered human anymore? After being magically healed by Roman, her skin glowed blue after he touched her. Is she supernatural somehow? I’m all for that. The more aliens, the better.
Trags: Aka the bitter Atrians with mullets. This extremist group targeted Emery and her family as payback. (Remember, her father killed their leader.) They wanted to send a message, but that was thwarted in the end. They’re still an unpredictable group, and to keep them in line, Roman has to win their respect in the future. I sense most drama involving the Trags. I wonder if we’ll see a prominent character from this group come forward.
Red Hawks: Aka the crazies. Just kidding. Although, not really. They are kinda crazy. One of the Red Hawks stood up at a school board meeting, trying to stop the Atrians from attending a carnival. He spooked me. I was like “Where did you come from?” Well, he’s not leaving anytime soon. He picked up Grayson at the carnival, a normal human guy that had been crushing on Emery since she returned to high school. But Grayson has a giant, giant secret. And that brings us too…
The biggest twist so far: Grayson is a Red Hawk! What a lying liar. He professed to Emery this sad sappy story about his brother being in the military and giving him a knife. That knife had a red hawk insignia on the hilt, which means everything he every told Emery could be false. But now I’m sincerely curious about his character. How did he come to be a part of this group? I think he’ll be true to his name. Not black and white, not picking a direct side. Maybe he’ll just float in the gray area of these politics.
But for now, he’s a Red Hawk.
It’s your turn to weigh in. Since it’s clear who’s bad and who’s considered good, I really want to know which side you’re interested in learning more about. Answer the poll below!
— Becca Ritchie