OMG, has Claire lost Zach?! Noooooo!!! That was the most dramatic and profound part of the episode for me, because I find that Zach had really grown on me, and I loved their little friendship. I was totally in denial about Mr Bennett getting to Zach... *sniffles*
Being a little more objective now, I love that the confrontation between Claire and her father has finally come, and that at first when she tells him he's still who he was in her eyes (protective, loving father), but also who the viewer's seen (creepy, controlling, ambiguous figure). I have absolutely no doubt that he believes he's doing the right thing for Claire. He takes paternal concern to an extreme: hell he's even willing to wipe his own wife's brain repeatedly for her! *shudders* (And that explains so much!) I love, love, love that the Haitian is going to help Claire deceive her father. (Though LaT must be pissed that he finally talked!) I thought that was a fascinating evolution of his character--he's so enigmatic, I want to learn more about him and what led to this decision.
I was surprised by how much I liked the Claire/Peter scene. I've been surprised by the growth of the Peter/Claire ship and it doesn't interest me at all. But the canon events--their discussion in the prison cell--was well acted and quite moving, I felt. Peter's a unique figure for Claire, and I liked her 'you're totally my hero!'. It was sweet.
I was NOT surprised by how much I liked the Nathan/Peter scenes. *beams* YAY Nathan/Peter scenes! Yay! I loved that the projected Nathan appeared so much more concerned than actual Nathan when he finally rocked up. Hee! But I also loved Nathan's genuine concern for Peter when he collapsed. He may hide it, but he loves his brother and he's worried about him and the destructive influence of his powers. Also, the line 'they're like us' 'What? dysfunctional?' was MADE OF AWESOME. Hee! *loves the dysfunctional brothers*
My other favourite line was Hiro's earnest 'how do you stop an exploding man?' Heeee!! Oh, and I'm pleased that Isaac's hooked up with Hiro and Ando. Though I couldn't bring myself to care about Eden. She even has annoying handwriting. Did she die?! *twirls* Apologies to those who like her, but she's one of those rare people that just really really grate on me... *sigh* She's probably not really dead...
Regarding Nikki and DL... well I'm pretty much sold on DL and if I wasn't so sympathetic to him and the fact that she's his wife and he loves her, I'd be screaming 'get away from them!' at the screen. So I was pretty delighted she turned herself in. She finally reached the conclusion that she was dangerous and took responsibility for her actions--even if there is a 'Jessica' that controls her, she was the conduit that allowed those acts to occur. So I'm glad about this development, but I'm still not that excited by Nikki's story, and I empathise far more with DL and Micah than Nikki herself.
I loved Peter's dream sequence at the end. I always love a good dream sequence! And it was cool to see everyone moving around that surreal urban landscape, almost like chess pieces, moving forward, getting blocked by other players, in checkmate... I'm sure I'll have more to say about it on rewatching, and I gather the show's on hiatus now, so plenty of time for that. *g*
Wow, am I light on meta for this ep... sorry guys, BSG ate my brain this week! But I'll look forward to reading other people's thoughts.