Motherland: Fort Salem‘s “Abomination” felt like a filler episode. Now, sometimes that’s a bad thing. It moves things at a slow but necessary pace. That can’t be said for “Abomination.” When this episode ended I was shocked, not by Tally’s declaration that about the soldier that was clearly hidden from the rest of the world. No, I was shocked because the episode was so good and progressed so well, that I didn’t even realize the episode was done. Now, that is how you do a filler episode that sets up what’s to come next.
First up on that list is Scylla and Anacostia. Their partnership is going to be dangerous, interesting, and unlike any we’ve seen on this show. Because I thought they were working together when Anacostia let Scylla go. I was wrong. Anacostia let Scylla go and has been tailing her, learning what she can, before ultimately deciding to show her hand and let Scylla know that she wants in on whatever Scylla is doing if it means taking down their ancient and common enemy the Camarilla.
Also, Anacostia was right about Scylla. It’s written clear on her face, what she did to all of those people during her first Spree mission has branded itself to her soul. And as much as she fights it or tries to deny it, she knows that she hurt innocent people and their loved ones that got left behind to pick up the pieces. Walking into that building I think Scylla thought she was going to be ok. But she’s not and Anacostia can read that a mile away and sees it as a chance to work with Scylla and try for something more.
Personally, I’m down for new alliances and the pushing of limits when it comes to Motherland: Fort Salem. Because the writing on the wall says, “It’s not what it seems.” and it’s become more clear with every episode that passes. It’s especially true with Tally and her relationship with Alder. There is a bond there that shouldn’t be and that Tally is using to her advantage. Which, on the latter bit isn’t a bad thing. Tally is just pulling on the string in front of her and following its lead.
Tally is absolutely going to end up somewhere she doesn’t expect. Because if Alder found it to be necessary to hide this woman’s presence from the world, she matters and is important to Alder or the mission ahead of them in general. And personally, I can’t wait to see Tally continuing to dig and hunt for information based on what her dreams are telling her and how they are changing her in the waking world. Whatever may come of it all, I have faith in Tally and what she will do to protect witch kind as a whole.
Finally, there’s Raelle and Abigail in “Abomination.” The latter was so ready to be useful, to be that soldier, that I think it kind of devastated her to be on the outside looking in. She loves Raelle and she’e proud of her. But that doesn’t change the fact that their survival was due to Raelle and not to Abigail…as far as we know. I have a feeling that something like what happened with Raelle and Abigail leaves a mark. It’s just too powerful to not do so. Plus this season is about shaking things up and doing bigger. This would be bigger.
And Raelle, well, she just wants to be normal or as close to normal as possible. She doesn’t want this power within her and she can wait to figure it all out. I am a little scared that fear is what brings out that reaction when it comes to her new powers. That’s a powerful emotion that doesn’t come out of nowhere. And I wonder what will Alder do to push Raelle to her limits and try to control this power wihtin. Also concerned at what Raelle’s mom will do once she finds out about Raelle’s power.
Basically Raelle is going to be key in moving this war forward. I’m just not sure in what direction yet.
Motherland: Fort Salem airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on Freeform.