I don't think I imagined the affection Watson has for Helen; it was a little bittersweet that he mentioned her long absence in his life. Add that she became John's lover, who then became a serial killer whom Watson never found - deep undercurrents in this episode (Hmm; does Watson hold a grudge that Helen knew John was JtR?). Not a triangle, I don't think, considering Watson's question to Will about "working for a woman." He probably held a smidgeon of male superiority over her back then and John apparently saw her as an equal.
Watson seemed to have a sixth sense about the mission they were going on, and of course we find that he has good reason. Evil Cabal is herding them into their dastardly web of dastardly stuff. I was hoping he'd do another Sherlock Holmes-ian deduction before they leaped to the remote icy climes of the Lost City (? mixing shows?? And why do the remote regions always have to be icy? Brr.) I think John's fervor to stop the Cabal overruled second thoughts.Lots of fun to be had in this episode. I suspect that the Cabal wants the five to go after the blood so they can get their hands on it to enhance the virus thingy they made. They probably knew Druitt was poking around out there and would infect the Sanctuary thus forcing the five to act.
Yes! I wondered the same for Ashley, too. She's certainly got more than a bit of Helen's and John's determination, focus and ingenuity. So what else could she have developed from the two? If new powers surface it would be handy if it happened while she's in the Cabal's lair and can bam zoom wham 'em! The writers must have something special in mind there. Of course there's a hint that Helen hasn't manifested her full powers, too; its seems that longevity was a basic effect for The Five.Oh, and I thought it was very interesting that the invisible man passed on his traits both to his daughter and granddaughter. That makes Ashley's genome very interesting. I can't help but wonder if she has more abilities than she knows or if Helen is keeping them in check somehow.
I hate two-parters! I want more now!
Just sayin', alas, cliffhangers happen! Just some initial thoughts and response to the many on the thread. A really cool thoughtful offering. Well, maybe some things didn't sit well, like Ashely's foray into the Cabal lair with a greenling like Henry (love him but he's green at commando missions). I'm all excited now for the second half. And the second season.