Containment Season 1 Episode 3 Review: Be Angry at the Sun

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So, after her turn as Dahlia in The Originals Season 2, and considering her current reign of terror on Containment Season 1 Episode 3 there's pretty much no way I'm ever trusting any character Claudia Black plays ever again.

Dr. Lommers cannot be trusted. Not even a little bit.

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One of the criticisms written in the comments here after the Containment Pilot was that it was too easy and stereotypical for the entire outbreak to be pinned on a lone Syrian. The terrorism angle was trite and problematic, not to mention enraging as it just perpetuated the incorrect notion that those from the Middle East can't be trusted.

I accepted the commenter's point, but wrote that I thought we'd see more as the story developed. That we would learn that there's more to this than a Syrian immigrant who came to Atlanta as a terrorist.

I'm happy to report, after tonight, that I'm 99.2% certain I'm right. 

I'm pretty sure what we're witnessing is an American operation to practice cordon protocol and test a bioweapon on its own people, either for purposes of starting a war or to practice procedure in the event that something like this ever takes place on American soil.

I get that this is fiction and I'm probably wearing a tinfoil hat right now, but let's look at what we know.

Dr. Sanders and her boyfriend died before the Syrian immigrant, indicating that he might not have been patient zero after all. My speculation? She was patient zero, or her boyfriend was, and the vial containing the virus was placed in the Syrian's bag while he was in the hospital in order to make it look like a terrorist attack.

We know none of the terrorist organizations at play in the fictional America of Containment are taking credit for the attack.

Things inside the cordon aren't nearly as contained or controlled as the outside wants to believe. The natives are getting restless and people are literally dying in the streets.

Of course, instead of coming together to help those who are trapped, Teresa's mother decides to price gouge those who are shopping for goods in her store, but hey. Capitalism, right?

Dr. Lommers wants complete control of the information, including shutting down members of the press who threaten to thwart her ability to direct the narrative. 

When she couldn't control the narrative, Dr. Lommers just...shut down the internet and nearly all forms of communication inside the cordon. All because of Leo Green and his dedication to telling the truth.

I mean, sure, he's a bit clickbait-y. He's purposefully stirring the pot between those inside the cordon and outside of it, and nothing good can come of that kind of frustration being held in a vacuum for too long. He was fanning the flames of a rebellion and while the reasoning behind the cordon might be dodgy, keeping the virus inside the shipping container walls seems like a good idea.

But shutting him down completely because he refuses to play your game? 

Okay, Lommers. You just poured gasoline on a bonfire.

Good work.

On the plus side, Lex is quickly going to figure out that Lommers is not to be trusted with her insistence that Leo Green not be able to communicate with those on the inside. He's going to start digging into what, exactly, is going on inside that cordon, including why she won't send in any relief workers in the form of more doctors or police.

I'm incredibly intrigued by the myriad directions in which this story can and likely will go as he looks more closely at the story he's being told and is retelling and starts to read between the lines. 

And I feel pretty confident his super smart, computer whiz girlfriend Jana is going to help him figure some things out. (No way she doesn't figure out a way to contact people on the outside.)

Then there's Jake.

His emotions are all over the place. Last week it was anger. This week, it's insecurity. Intense insecurity. 

I like that he's a hero who doesn't see himself in that light. He doesn't believe he's capable of rising to this challenge, doesn't believe he's the right guy for this job.

But he is. Everyone knows it but him. He'll figure it out soon enough, when Katie or her son are in danger and he has to rise above his deepest darkest fears to save this woman he's come to love or something melodramatic like that. 

As long as we get to see more of him in a tank top, I'm pretty okay with it.

Let's chat about Containment below! What did you think of this week's episode? Is the show slowly finding its footing? What secrets is Dr. Lommers hiding? If you missed any of the action, you can watch Containment online.

Containment Season 1 Episode 4 airs next Tuesday night at 9 on the CW.

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Containment Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

Dr. Cannerts, false optimism is not your strong suit.


Lex: I know I’m asking a lot…
Jake: No, no, you got the wrong guy.