1899 – Season 1 Episode 7 “The Storm” Recap & Review

The Storm

Episode 7 from 1899 begins by showing Daniel and Maura loving each other. Following this, Maura wishes that they’d continue to be together forever as they discuss memories and how the brain takes in the world around it. Alarm bells ring in the background, and Maura disappears from her memories, Daniel hurriedly gets dressed and walks out, where there are clothes on the floor as well as that familiar scene of the mental institution in the far distance. “Wake up!” is the voice as we go to Maura in the hospital.

Daniel is locked in the room, but Daniel pleads to Maura in order to get him to go by pointing out that the shutdown is in full swing and it won’t be long until the entire crew dies. In the end, Maura rushes away and goes back to the deck, from where an encroaching storm begins to rage and winds whirl all around the boat.

This isn’t a good thing particularly since nobody on the ship can effectively steer the vessel, especially in stormy weather. As everyone else makes their way to locate the captain Mrs. Wilson remains in her seat and her entire hand has changed to black after touching that mysterious black substance.

When she sits in her chair to recover her energy, Maura passes and offers some words of encouragement encouraging her to think that the whole thing is in her mind. The memory… Of course! Maura experiences her eureka moment and believes that the Captain is back in his own memories. Everybody on board is looking for Eyk Larsen, and at the moment there is no way to be able to pinpoint where he’s. But we know. He’s aboard the Prometheus.

In the meantime, Daniel pries open a grille in the wall. He finds an area behind it that could be traversed. Naturally, this gives him an escape route. Well… sorta. He stumbles through and discovers himself in a variety of different universes each one following the other. Each one seems to be malfunctioning because of the storm, however, they’re all very different and appear to be specifically designed for every single individual.

Daniel discovers the little boy, and he explains that Maura isn’t sure what happened, but to aid her, the two of them have to locate the code as well as his gadget to prevent what’s going on. The ring is handed over and with a smile, the boy is sad. “She’ll get up at this point.” He adds. Unfortunately, the child has been discovered by one of the officers of the ship using tablets to look through the entire ship for the boy. When he notices his signature on the heat sensor and the officer quickly sets to work and initiates an immediate shutdown.

Rewinding back to that previous moment of memory, Maura descends into Daniel’s personal space and discovers the photo showing her and Daniel together, as well as the boy, who is evidently her son. As tiny slivers of memory begin to appear, Daniel hurries to his room to speak with Maura. He explains that the kid is his son Elliot who has been a victim of false memories that were planted in her. Maura was able to forget to ease the hurt.

“I am sure you will be aware,” Daniel whispers, and when he gets up in order to touch her lips, flashes start to scatter back. Daniel insists that it’s all the result of a simulation “Plato’s cave metaphor” Daniel says, exhorting her to awake and remember what’s transpired. If she’s not able to do this the mind will continue to be trapped.

Daniel will do anything to help her out before things restart. There’s an override that will stop the shutdown, however, only Maura knows where it is. She’s hidden it, but she has made herself forget.

Maura goes through her locket which she got inside her envelope and discovers the key. What does it unlock? To learn, Daniel and Maura scramble to buy some more time. This includes Daniel inserting a code in order to see if they can secure themselves to the simulation. This is happening a lot of times (explaining the ship’s graveyard in the previous episode). Maura is trapped in a loop and has been for the whole time. They must get to Elliot and they have just 10 minutes to stop the cycle from running over and over.

In the meantime, Ling Yi hears the voice of her mother on the deck. Despite her leaping overboard earlier in the show she rushes onto the bridge and confronts her. When Olek arrives, he is struck by a rogue wave that flings him over the side of the boat, and then into the ocean below.

While Ling Yi tries to make sense of the situation, Jerome and Clemence take Lucien back to their cabin. Lucien’s had a terrifying seizure again, but this time, it’s not an encouraging sign. It’s too late. It’s late for Angel too, who’s hacked due to the ship that is swaying and cracking due to the force of the storm. “I’m terrified.” He tells us before passing to death.

However, it also triggers an enormous crack within the ship and the water begins flowing in and filling the cabins. Franz And Tove attempt to close their doors but when they realize that it is impossible from the exterior, Franz decides to save Tove and then sacrifice himself. Anker and Iben also die as well.

We move on to Henry who has taken in Elliot according to the request. Henry is calm in his response to the death by pointing out that they consistently commit the same mistakes, and this is because they depend too heavily on emotions. According to Henry, according to Henry, that’s why he believes it is what makes their character weak. And as we get closer to the point of no return Henry’s voice echoes over the PA system and tells Maura that she’s done well but she’s failed… yet again.

The shutdown starts and the ship sinks into an icy whirlpool. Then, it reveals an oddly bright light at the bottom. Then all of things change. Eyk Larsen looks on as a new ship arrives at the graveyard. It’s the Kerberos. The rest of the passengers walk towards the deck and attempt to understand the events.

The Episode Review

1899 comes back with another excellent episode, this one discussing the connections among Daniel, Maura, and Elliot. There was a time when I believed that Elliot was going to be an older version of Daniel however, that could be due to me watching too closely at Dark!

The concepts here provide the impression of Westworld as well as Dark which is a great job of keeping things fresh and also providing answers to its mystery. The idea behind this is one huge simulation that’s been repeatedly played out, and then tying it to notions of belonging and memory is a good way to give this series the proper definition.


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