Director: Jim Mickle
Starring: Christian Convery, Adeel Akhtar, Nonso Anozie, Dania Ramirez, Aliza Vellani, Kahurangi Carter, Samson Chan-Boon Tom Kerr and Sarah Peirse
Episode 1 of Sweet Tooth was a great introduction to this world and episode 2 builds upon that. More survivors are uncovered and new dangers are revealed, while a sense of adventure and discovery is the hidden undercurrent that moves this episode along quite nicely.
WHO IS AIMEE AND WHY IS SHE IMPORTANT?
We are introduced to another Great Crumble survivor, Aimee (Dania Ramirez), who became a prisoner in her office once the chaos began. However, when she finally goes outside, she never wants to go back inside and begins a new life. We begin and end this episode with Aimee, she begins as a relationship therapist who is forced to stay inside her own office and ends with a strange delivery is sent to her and no explanation is given of where/who it came from.
GUS AND TOMMY MAKE AN UNLIKELY DUO
Back with our protagonist Gus (Christian Convery) who is adamant that he is going to Colorado to find his mother and “Big Man”/Tommy (Nonso Anozie) is going to take him. Throughout this episode, all Tommy tries to do is get rid of Gus by making up lies and trying to give him to someone else. It was interesting to find out a bit more about Tommy; he is a very complex character. He is hiding a lot of his past, from the scars on his body to his life before the crisis began. Tommy is such a typical tough guy character who keeps his feelings close to his chest but I think it would be nice to see a softer side to this character. Gus and Tommy are really the unlikely duo as you don’t know how these two characters could work together but somehow, they do.
GUS GETS A TASTE OF WHAT IT’S LIKE TO HAVE A NORMAL FAMILY
Gus and Tommy meet a normal human family in this episode and we get an insight into what normal families are doing. This family is just trying to survive and to not get into any trouble. This family is made up of a husband (Samson Chan-Boon) and wife (Kahurangi Carter) and their son, Rusty (Tom Kerr), who happens to be the last baby born human before the hybrids appeared. I liked the dynamic between this family as it felt very normal and relatable. However, I really enjoyed the interaction between Gus and Rusty; they didn’t really care that they were both different to one another, they were both curious about each other yet got on well. Compared to Rusty’s parents who were very cautious and reluctant to let their son play with Gus.
The goodbye between Gus and Rusty is quite emotional as you don’t want to break this pair up as they got on so well. I hope we get to see Rusty again, especially as the friendship that developed between Gus and Rusty felt really important. A friendship between a human and a hybrid feels really important for the future of this world. Yes, Rusty was a bit scared to begin with, but he was curious as he had questions but after he just treated Gus like a normal boy and someone to play with.
Watching Rusty’s mom wave goodbye to Gus at the end of this episode is so sad because she was starting to really care for him. Yet that was the closest thing Gus has had and might ever have to a mother. We aren’t sure if Birdie (Gus’s mother) is still alive at this point so Rusty’s mom was his first experience of this kind of love. If Gus could have stayed with the family, I think he would have been happy and Gus seemed to fit in quite well.
SWEET TOOTH’S WORLD AND OUR WORLD SHARE MANY SIMILARITIES
It’s strange how many similarities there are between what’s happening in this episode and what we are doing right now in real life. For example, seeing the family wear masks in front of Gus and Tommy because they don’t want to catch the virus and neither pass it on to them. Also, when Aditya Singh goes to the doctor’s he waits to go in, everyone sits apart and he uses gel to clean his hands. All things we do now to keep ourselves safe. Therefore, it feels like this world is what our world could be like on an extreme scale.
ADITYA RETURNS AND IS DOING ALL HE CAN TO SAVE HIS WIFE WITH THE HELP OF DR. BELL
We meet Dr. Aditya Singh (Adeel Akhtar) again who we met briefly in episode 1 when the world first fell into chaos. He is back in this episode with his wife, Rani (Aliza Vellani), who has the virus but he somehow has medicine to cure her. Yet in this episode, he is running low on medicine for her and must go and get some more. The world has fallen apart and resources dried up so I found it quite funny that the way Aditya gets to the doctors is by horse and not a car because there are no resources to fill cars up anymore. This little detail I hadn’t thought about but I found it quite funny that horse is now the mode of travel.
Aditya travels to Dr. Bell (Sarah Peirse) to get his refill of medicine. The doctors centre he is sat in doesn’t look like a normal doctors’ because the waiting area is very dark and almost creepy, a place that you wouldn’t want to stay too long. We learn that Rani, is the only person receiving this medicine, however, each dose only lasts a month. Bell has been working on this medicine for a long time and has kept records detailing the results on Rani. However, she can’t continue to carry out this work as she is too dying.
During COVID a lot of other illnesses have been pushed to one side to focus on COVID but those other illnesses haven’t disappeared. As a result, like in this world, other illnesses have been pushed to one side to focus on the virus yet the other illnesses haven’t disappeared they are still there but not being treated. Bell is a prime example of this, she has been focused on the treatment of the virus that her own health has been put on the sidelines and now her life is to be cut short from it. This is an important scene because it shows the effect the virus has had in another way but also it highlights the work Bell has been doing to find a cure.
ADITYA HAS BEEN GIVEN A TASK BUT IS HE WILLING TO GO THROUGH WITH IT?
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Aditya has been given the task to carry on Bell’s work which he doesn’t think he can do. He isn’t sure if he can carry on Dr. Bell’s work on the treatment of his wife because they both learn that Bell has used methods that goes against everything they believe in. What those methods are, aren’t mentioned but we can assume that we will find out in this season. It has been made clear that hybrids are hunted and either killed or experiments are done on them. Could Dr Bell’s work be involved in some way?
Gus is being hunted in this episode, but we have no idea who they are. However, this isn’t the last of these strange hunters as we spot more outside watching Gus and Tommy leave. This episode sets up the notion that Gus isn’t safe anywhere. What this episode also does is introduce us to more survivors and how they have coped. In some way Gus, Aditya and Aimee’s stories are linked and I’m excited to see how they will all come together. At the moment this episode is still setting everything up and gives us more of an insight into Gus and the adventures and dangers that lie ahead.
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