REALLY dislike the core concept of this episode, where they destroy the pendants. I may be out. This makes absolutely no sense to me, if he can track the pendants, fine. But destroying them means you have less opportunity to do much of anything.. unless we come up with a breakthrough and she can just smelt new pendants from nothing...
This to me seemed like a way to put major breaks on reaching a turning point; as though someone shifted the traintracks out from under the direction this was going.
Maybe it will work out well, but the switch from "we have to find pendants" to "the pendants will destroy us!" seems like a bit of a cheat
It seemed pretty clear to me that while she destroyed the pendants to prevent Randall from tracking them, she was willing to destroy them because she'd already come to the conclusion that the only way to end things was to find a way to turn all of the power back on.
Great so Flynn’s whole motivation is driven by his inability to deal with his son’s death.
It's better than having him be villainous for the sake of being villainous. He felt that his son died in vain, and he wanted to create a world where people didn't die in vain -- even if that meant a lot more people dying in the short term.
Because he was the assistant secretary of defense, he probably blamed himself in a way that most other parents of fallen soldiers would not.
Obviously Rachel didn’t invent the pendants or know everything about them if she didn’t know that they could be triggered remotely.
She may or may not have had a role in inventing them, but you're right that she definitely didn't know everything about them. Randall didn't either, since he only started activating them to track them after he kidnapped Grace.
My take was that it was software that was really at the core of turning the power back on (both literally and figuratively). Perhaps Rachel has figured out a way to replicate the ability...somehow. Aaron was an exec at Google--maybe he has some programming skills that could come in handy.
That may be the way they're leaning, but as Matt pointed out it doesn't make much sense. Software is just numbers, and numbers on their own can't bend the laws of physics. While there is obviously a software component to the pendants, there has to be a hardware component as well that allows them to do what they do. Rachel was drawing electrical diagrams in that lab.
Watching several documentaries recently, I just can't get over how universal this is; you would think the effect would stop at a certain point OR that some things wouldn't be effected.. I'm totally unsure of how a steam based engine would be effected, or a hydro-powered grain mill.
The show has previously shown that steam engines DO work, or the never could have taken the train to Philadelphia. Presumably water mills would work too. And the electrical impulses in living creatures still work, or every person and animal on earth would have dropped dead. On the other hand, certain explosives and fuses were said to be far less reliable than they'd been before the blackout, so it's not just pure battery and grid-powered devices that are effected.
But those are minor issues. I'm really just put off by the "let's destroy pendants" angle because if you are right, and she has another plan, why did they risk so much and do all that stuff earlier for pendants? And, if she doesn't have a plan, they just wiped out their only power source.
To be fair, all the stuff they did earlier for the pendants was before they joined up with Rachel. It's possible she would have said, "let's destroy the pendants" right from the beginning.