There are only two episodes of The Endgame left and it appears episode 1×08 “All That Glitters” finally gave us a glimpse of what Elena’s big plan is. Now, we say a glimpse because this show keeps us suspicious and even if we think we’re figuring things out, turns out we were way off.
A whole lot of stuff happened in this one and it all centers on that gold from The Endgame 1×05 “Gold Rush.” When we tell you episode 1×08 “All That Glitters” was a hot mess, take that literally.
Let’s get into that review then, shall we? (Do we sound like Elena about to tell a story? We’ve been spending too much time in her world.)
The Story About A King
The Endgame 1×08 “All That Glitters” did not waste an ounce of time kicking things off. At the start of the episode Doak is having another secret meetup with White House Chief of Staff Miss Julia Swansstrom. She’s called him over to show him an internet troll known as the “Serial Skeptic.” He’s a staunch supporter of Elena and her agenda and does not trust the government.
As they view the video, Julia once again fills up Doaks head by telling him he could step in as the new Director. But wait, he would only be the interim while they suspend Director Real. That interim title seems to be the only thing that bothered him about that new plan but he’s good with everything else.
Before Doak and Julia can get another word in on the subject, they are dosed with Arkon sleeping gas and she’s taken by Snow White. Back over at Fort Totten things are getting a little hectic. With two banks still under siege and Elena’s plan not fully finished, Val is completely and utterly over it.
So is Director Real. So much so that he considers taking Elena’s daughter Sofiya to use her as leverage to get Elena to talk and end all of this. Val is adamant that plan is not okay because Sofiya is an innocent five-year-old girl. She thinks she will be able to have a breakthrough with Elena because they sort of bonded in The Endgame 1×07 “The Sleepover.”
Unfortunately, that whole BFF thing seems to be forgotten because Elena is back on her bullshit. Val makes it clear she is tired of the stories and riddles and wants Elena to tell her what’s going on now because every single person in the photograph has been brought to justice.
Elena being Elena just can’t help herself and of course has yet another story to tell and this one is about a King. Just like Val, we thought that Elena had gotten all of her targets but apparently not. This time around Elena’s target is an even bigger fish and she uses Julia to get to them. Julia who was taken by Snow White wakes up taped to a chair inside of a water tank and the video was sent to President of the United States Andrew Wright.
When we first saw where Julia was, we honestly were thinking it was some sort of giant incinerator. We know that’s dark but hey, Elena hasn’t exactly been doing the nicest things to these people. What it was wasn’t any better. Turns out Julia was placed into a water tank only instead of filling up with water, it starts filling up with gold paint.
Can we just say, the smell of paint alone would have had us passing out immediately because paint fumes are strong as hell. Also, this time around the paint is just steadily flowing and it doesn’t appear that it’s set on some sort of schedule to release at intervals like that fake death trap Elena set up for Doak in The Endgame 1×04 “#1 With A Bullet.” We can’t think of a worse way to go than to drown especially in thick gold paint.
Val can’t figure out what the link is between Julia and Elena but she knows she has to get to her fast. Director Real is losing patience day by day and Doak is on his shit list. Doak already thinks he’s got that job as Director in the bag so he’s a total assbag in The Endgame 1×08 “All That Glitters.”
Talking crazy to Val and not listening to Director Real at all even when he’s told to take his ass home so they can handle the mission. Doak ends up tagging along with Val despite the fact that she clearly does not want him around her, and can we blame her? In his eyes Julia can do no wrong.
Obviously, if Elena is coming after her that can’t be true. As Val, Doak, and Anthony work to save Julia they begin to realize the Serial Skeptic has a little bit of knowledge that can help them. Somehow, and we suspect Elena, he’s been getting information even they don’t have so they end up using his clues to “see the bigger picture.” That leads them to a clay mine where Julia is being held.
Val and Doak’s timing could not be more perfect because when they arrive, Julia is fully submerged in the water tank under all the gold paint. We’re not sure how long she was under there before she was saved but we were holding our breaths with her.
Once she’s out, Val learns that the clay mine belongs to her and the President is the one who purchased it for her. Just like that we find out what the link is between Julia and Elena. As we see, Elena was only using Julia to get to President Wright.
Val still confused because all of the people in the photograph are in custody, starts to see the big picture even more this time when she realizes the person who took the photograph is unknown and therefore, has yet to be targeted. That last person in the photo turns out to be President Wright. Elena’s next target is the President.
All That Glitters Is Not Gold
During The Endgame 1×08 “All That Glitters” we once again had flashbacks to Elena’s previous life. This time we got to see her and Sergey’s daughter Sofiya who is adorable by the way. Elena is upstairs reading a bedtime story to her while Sergey beats and tortures some guy to ask where the gold is.
Spoiler alert: He never tells Sergey anything about the gold because Elena has to kill him after he breaks free and almost hurts Sofiya. They can’t afford to take any more risks where their daughter is concerned and that’s how they ended up dropping her off in upstate New York.
Now, as we mentioned a little earlier that gold from The Endgame 1×05 “Gold Rush” makes another appearance. Remember how Dumb Doak was tooting his own horn because he thought he had successfully liberated everyone in the Federal Reserve bank and kept all the gold inside the vault from being blown up? Well, if you paid attention then you should also remember the booby trap that was set up at the end of the episode. The timer was still going and during all the chaos it was slowly but surely counting down. Once it got to one, all hell broke loose.
The sprinklers in the vault were turned on after being activated by a smoke bomb. Val and Doak are naturally stunned that they have to go back to the bank they thought they had protected. When they show up it’s a shit show.
All of the gold inside the vault is melted down and nobody can figure out why, well except Val that is. Val realizes that the gold bars are fake gold bars made out of clay. That means the entire vault was filled with fake gold bars which also means Elena was able to pull off one of the biggest bank heists in history.
Val and Doak agree that this new information must be kept quiet because it would cause an absolute panic and distrust of the government. Keeping that secret ends up being easier said than done because some firefighter who either was working with Elena or is a very good Samaritan, gives a cellphone to the Serial Skeptic.
The man thought the Serial Skeptic had dropped the phone. Once he had it, he found a video of the inside of the gold vault. Of course, he spreads all the information because that’s what he does. Val and Director Real know that shit is about to get real, and Elena is loving every minute of it.
Other Things In The Endgame 1×08 “All That Glitters”
- I kind of want a “Free Elena” T-shirt.
- Doak is shady AF.
- We’re surprised it took eight episodes before Val told Elena she was tied of all the stories.
- If you’re gonna torture someone with your kid in the house, lock the door where the prisoner is being kept, so your kid doesn’t see them.
- Back at Peekskill Prison, seems Owen and Sergey may not trust each other as much as we thought, and we don’t’ see things between them ending well.
- “She’s like Robin Hood but in Couture.”
- Doak’s ass had a lot of nerve talking to Val the way he was but we’re glad she was able to see right through him.
- Also, the fact that Doak took credit for the initial mission at the Federal Reserve Bank but then when shit was hitting the fan and he realized he failed, he tried to drag Val back into it.
- “Now you want to share credit.”
- “I kNoW hOw To SwIm.” SHUT UP DOAK!!! You are NEVER getting off our shit list.
- You would think a person almost dying by drowning in paint would make them a better one but, nope, not Miss Julia Swanstrom. She was still just as rude as she was in the beginning.
- Even we know you don’t threaten someone’s child. We don’t blame Elena for the threat of vengeance if anyone touches Sofiya.