If you’ve been waiting for Bryan Beneventi’s backstory, Debris Season 1 Episode 11 dove right into the heart of it.
Through a piece of debris that was being channeled by a woman named Muriel, Bryan’s time in Afghanistan was explored, particularly as it connected to the most important mission of his life: mission Dessert Rose.
If you’ll recall in earlier episodes when Bryan was cloned by a piece of debris, Finola spotted him looking at a woman’s photograph and asked him about it. Bryan wasn’t forthcoming about it, so we all assumed it was a former love interest, but now we know it was Asalah, an Afghanistan woman that Bryan formed a friendship with and who was killed by her own people for helping him in the fight for peace.
Even though her death wasn’t his fault, Bryan always carried the guilt for her death since he pr0omised to keep her and her grandfather safe.
He would’ve made good on that promise if Asalah hadn’t come to warn Bryan that the Taliban was going to ambush him and his men.
Asalah was a brave woman and one of the good ones fighting for peace, and despite his best efforts, Bryan was unable to protect her.
After Asalah was murdered, Bryan took revenge on a group of Taliban hiding out in the mountains. Unfortunately, this was a different group of insurgents that was being protected by the CIA, and thus, he was imprisoned for his actions.
He was about to be charged with a war crime when Maddox pulled him out and gave him a job investigating the debris. This explains why Bryan has remained so loyal to Maddox and never questioned his motives.
The deep dive into Bryan’s life not only let audiences understand his trauma better, but it allowed Finola to get a deeper understanding of her partner. After all that he’s experienced, it’s no wonder that he wanted to keep all of that bottled up inside. He wasn’t proud of what happened.
However, by doing so, he was allowing it to fester. Is that why the debris wanted him to face that specific moment in his life? I’m going to guess that it’s the only thing that has an emotional hold on Bryan. Maybe the debris wanted to channel that energy?
Finola assumed that since the debris cloned Bryan, it backed up his memories in its network and was tapping into them now.
But again, it didn’t explain why it sought out Bryan and no one else even though it technically saw her memories as well.
And when Bryan asked Muriel why she wanted him to face this memory, he never got an answer because he was pulled out by his team. How frustrating.
Why would they put Bryan through all the trouble of remembering such a grim day if he wasn’t going to find out its significance in regards to the debris?
And the final scene with Black Water grandfather throwing various metals into the different directions of the world didn’t really illuminate much either.
Is this someone who has the power of manipulating the debris?
The series has done a great job of making us care about Bryan and Finola as characters while unearthing their interesting backstories piece by piece, but it’s not doing a great job of providing answers about the debris or what it wants.
Finola suggested that it seems as though all of the pieces of debris are connected, which again, isn’t a revolutionary thought. We’ve seen Maddox and his team attempt to stitch together the pieces they’ve acquired, so I’m assuming they all add up into one major, powerful piece.
But why? I’m tired of asking that question after each episode.
What did she mean when she said the debris is experiencing them the same way they’re experiencing it?
Does the debris have a motherboard that’s trying to figure the humans in the same way they’re trying to figure out the debris? Is it studying them? Adapting to their way of living?
By focusing on Bryan’s backstory, the series also wasn’t able to tap into what’s happening with Influx or Ash Anson.
It’s strange since the first half of the season made Influx such a priority but recent episodes have pushed the storyline to the backburner.
Are they still a threat? Why aren’t they more of a priority for Maddox? Last we saw, Ash got into the mind of a prison guard and got the code to break out.
And what’s with the little snippet of Maddox being shady and stealing a piece of debris without telling anyone?
I also wish we got more insight into the injections that Bryan is getting. What are they for? And why does Maddox think that it’s possible that Bryan was more susceptible to the debris because the potency of his shots was wearing off?
What did you think of the episode?
Why did the debris want Bryan to face his past? Will it impact him moving forward?
Do you wish the series was more forthcoming with answers?
Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
Debris Season Finale Review – Finola Is Betrayed (1×13)
Season 1 of Debris ended with the ultimate betrayal.
All season long, Finola insisted that Maddox was the one they couldn’t trust, but it turns out, the traitor was right under their noses — and in their backseat — this whole time.
Finola learned that her reincarnated father, George Jones, has been lying to her and working with Influx.
Is that a complete shock? Not entirely. But what I did find striking was that he was almost the mastermind behind Influx.
His suicide was all part of his “rebirth” plan, and when he was explaining it all to Finola, he sounded rather unhinged. For Influx, that means he’s a “visionary.”
When Finola, Bryan, and George arrived at the site of the debris in Virginia, people were in a trance similar to what happened on Debris Season 1 Episode 12 when the sphere of light was formed.
George played along as if he was on their team, and then when he got Finola alone, he informed her that he already called Influx to the site of the debris.
The revelation took Finola by surprise, but in a way, George’s motivations made sense.
George wants the debris to belong to the people. He doesn’t believe that the government should be able to control the pieces and, as we saw, that’s exactly what every country has been doing by trying to weaponize it.
Instead, George believes that the technology should allow people to resist the government.
Goerge shared his disdain for governments in a previous episode, so we should’ve seen it coming. He was almost priming Finola for this very moment.
The series seems to be a fight between good and evil, but the line between good and evil is seriously blurred here.
Is Influx good or evil? Is the U.S. government? Are people?
Allowing the public to have access to a powerful technology that could help them tap into a higher level of consciousness and thought seems like a sound idea, but what happens when it falls into the wrong hands?
Finola and Bryan have dedicated their life to finding these pieces so that doesn’t happen; that’s what they thought they were doing.
Not everyone has pure intentions — greed, manipulation, jealousy are all human traits that can be found all too common in our society.
While weaponizing the technology is a gross abuse of power, so is blindly releasing it to the masses and hoping for the best.
As we’ve seen, the pieces have insane potential. This debris alone was able to feed off of people’s emotions by physically connecting to them. It can kill people. It can make them disappear. And, most importantly, it has healing properties as w saw another piece, obtained by Maddox, cure his son.
That kind of power in the wrong hands is dangerous.
And I can’t say that Influx is the “right” hands. They’ve done terrible things for their cause including sacrificing 50 or so people by wiping their memories all so that they can move the piece.
George didn’t even seem to care that Bryan, the man who helped him throughout this whole journey and meant a great deal to Finola, was amongst those 50. He shrugged it off and justified his actions because he thought he convinced himself that he was doing it for the greater good.
And while that may be true in some situations, it just shows that George has no boundaries or morals. He has a goal and a vision, and he doesn’t care who he hurts in the process of achieving it.
George did try to include Finola in his plans, but it was delusional of him to think that she would ever go along with what Influx was doing.
Finola also thinks that the pieces can be used for good, but she doesn’t believe in forcing people to do things against their will or hurting others in the process.
If only Finola simply listened to Bryan when he voiced his concerns about her father. Finola was blinded by her love and loyalty to her father; she so badly wanted a second chance that she missed what was right in front of her and it almost got her and Bryan killed.
Thankfully, Bryan wasn’t affected by the piece of debris because of the injections he’s been receiving. It was a nice and convenient loophole so that Bryan would remain in the loop.
Otto immediately realized that Bryan was the “third man,” which referred to the injuries he, Garcia, and Ming sustained when the debris initially fell.
Influx knew that Finola and Bryan would run to their respective governments after all was said and done to report what happened, but they didn’t seem too worried about it and left their memories intact. Truthfully, there isn’t much to be worried about as they have the piece they’ve been looking for and the sphere is also almost in their possession.
They’re ahead of the game, so to speak because of George, their secret weapon.
And this is where things get a little weird and tricky.
The sphere gravitated to Dahkeya aka Black Water Grandfather, who then brought it to Brill (Sebastian Roche), who was in a cave. Turns out that he’s double-crossing Priya and working with Influx (unless she’s also working with Influx, but I doubt that).
Though, debris doesn’t just seek people out, so why did it find Dahkeya? They clearly have some connection to Influx.
They agree that “it’s time” and turn to some weird cacoon of Finola. Is she frozen in time? Is this a Finola from a different dimension? Was she preserved? Or cloned? Does her DNA play a role?
Is she the key to something? I can’t shake that the time loop plays into this somehow.
Is Otto (Fringe’s John Noble) manipulating the debris in some way? It really feels like the pieces have a mind of their own, so maybe there is some sort of communication between the debris and Influx.
Or is Otto made up of pieces of debris? Is that why they saw that figure made up of particles upon entering and exiting the area affected by the debris? After all, he did disfigure several people inside the convenience store in what seemed to be an attempt to get more energy? And he knew all about Bryan even though Bryan said he never met Otto in his life.
I wish I could say I understood what was happening more on this series more than I do, but I absolutely do not.
And because of that confusion, I’m indifferent about whether the series scores another season.
Would I like to piece it all together and get some clarity? Definitely. Am I intrigued about what George Jones might know about the debris’s potential? Absolutely. Am I invested in Finola and Bryan’s relationship and want to see it progress? You bet. But I’ll also be okay if I never find out what happens next.
The season had 10-episodes to give us something to work with, and while there were some incredible twists along the way and each episode worked well as a standalone, the overall picture remains blurry even with these game-changing revelations.
The network hasn’t made a renewal decision just yet, so we’ll see whether or not NBC feels some type of way.
Elsewhere, Maddox’s motivation to seek out secret pieces of debris from the Russians was revealed — he’s not the villain we thought he was but rather a good guy trying to save his family.
The piece allowed his braindead child to speak again, which brought his wife back from a depressive state.
The fact that we didn’t see what he had to do to get this piece means that it’s going to blowback on the U.S. if the series gets the go-ahead for a second season.
What did you think of the season finale? Were you impressed with all the information that was presented or do you wish we were given more?
Let us know in the comments.
Debris Review – A Message from Ground Control (1×12)
George’s hunt for a serious piece of debris continued on Debris Season 1 Episode 12, while Finola and Bryan were pulled into a mysterious case inside Orbital.
The incident inside Orbital was causing plenty of chaos as it was pulling pieces of debris through some kind of invisible and compelling people to do its bidding.
I could not tell you why the debris was doing what it was doing, or what the point of any of it was, but hopefully, it’ll make sense in the long run.
Finola and Bryan seemed to be just as confused. For much of the season, they’ve treated the debris as sort of the enemy and done their best to stop it, but this time, they were forced to acknowledge that they were in the presence of something bigger and stronger than them.
And Bryan even figured out that they shouldn’t interfere with its mission.
The moment of clarity came to him when the debris manifest Muriel, who finally helped him understand why the memory of Asalah from Debris Season 1 Episode 11 was so important.
Unfortunately, audiences were never clued in to the “why,” so Bryan’s attempts at convincing Finola to let the debris assemble sounded like an unhinged man’s babbling.
Was he being compelled by the debris to do its bidding? This isn’t the Bryan we’ve come to know.
And why did he say that if they stopped it from assembling, it would kill a lot of people? What is it?
Why does he think the debris wants to change the world?
Personally, Bryan’s new outlook on life makes things even more confusing, and I’ve lost sight of what the whole point of this show is.
Finola followed Bryan’s gut and gave the A-OK to let the debris do its thing, which resulted in the formation of a breathtaking ball of light.
But again, what is the purpose of this new object?
And is it a coincidence that George located the important piece of debris at the same time the ball of light was created and drifted away into the unknown? I doubt it.
Maybe the piece didn’t exist previously, which is why George was never able to find it.
In a brief moment, George also revealed that the piece of debris that everyone is seeking out would create a map that shows the location of each piece of debris on the face of the Earth.
It’s no wonder Influx wants to get their hands on it. That kind of power would make them unstoppable.
The events happening at Orbital also seemed to connect to Influx, though, that wasn’t outright obvious to Bryan and Finola.
Remember a few episodes back when Anson Ash got the code to escape captivity? He waited until this very event at Orbital to portal jump himself out of imprisonment and into freedom.
Did he know this was going to happen? Was Influx behind the whole thing as Maddox assumed?
And why did he wait until this exact moment to make the jump?
Also, how does Influx know that George found the piece that they were looking for? Do they have a tracker on him? Is he being followed?
Or is George secretly working with Influx this whole time?
Clearly, Influx is still onto George Jones, so it makes me laugh when he assures Finola he can take care of himself. It’s hard to believe that when it comes from a man who was brought back to life by a group that’s using his brainpower for nefarious things.
It’s essentially a race for the debris, and if it falls into the wrong hands, it would mean trouble for everyone.
But is there such a thing as the right hands? Everyone has an agenda,
And one could argue that what the Americans are doing with it is the definition of “falling into the wrong hands.”
While investigating the occurrence at Orbital, Finola and Bryan unearthed what Maddox was really up to — weaponizing the debris to engineer weapons using George Jones’s work.
When Finola confronted him about it, he explained that it was their way of preventing attacks on the U.S.
And his excuse? If they didn’t do it, someone else would.
In short, the U.S. wants control, but does that really make what they’re doing okay?
George Jones warned Finola not to be blindsided by this “coalition” and explained that governments were created to serve public interest, but instead, they always serve their own interests as people suffer.
And that, quite frankly, sums up Maddox’s motivation.
Does this also explain why Maddox has been secretly fetching random pieces of debris from the Russians?
If there’s anything I’ve taken from this series is that humankind is the worst. They’ll exploit anything and anyone without a second thought for their own personal gain.
Everything continues to remain vague on Debris heading into the season finale, but it’s reassuring that it’s all connected because there’s a change the pieces will fall into place soon enough.
Debris Review – Can George Jones Save the World? (1×10)
The mystery of alternate realities deepened on Debris Season 1 Episode 10.
Debris Season 1 Episode 9 left off with Shelby using the debris to jump as Bryan chased him down, which meant that they both returned to another reality with their memories intact.
The piece of debris really did a number on Bryan as he began to brainstorm why their jump didn’t bring them back to their original realities.
George Jones suggested that the debris was manifesting their subconscious desires, which could possibly explain why they weren’t getting back to their original timelines.
But that didn’t track since both of them really wanted to get back to their loved ones and yet, despite their best efforts, it didn’t work.
Bryan figured he wasn’t being honest with himself about what he wanted, which was to get back to Finola, so on their next jump, he did his best to get back to her.
And still, he kept finding himself with Grace as his partner. I don’t blame him for continuing to jump to get away from her — she was the worst.
Unfortunately, each jump also caused a strain on the fabric of time and space and made the situation more critical as the timelines began to bleed into each other.
They were running out of time.
While this was definitely concerning, it was also helpful as Bryan jumped to a timeline where Shelby was missing and Kathleen was looking for him allowing us to see the other side of the search.
And eventually, when Kathleen jumped again, she was surprised to see Finola instead of Bryan.
Since each twin had an agent with them in their realities, they had a better shot of figuring out how to undo this massive mistake.
They were also able to see each other through what looked like a looking glass, so Bryan was able to convince this version of Finola that she was on the cusp of figuring this whole thing out before they altered realities.
Unfortunately, the word “bilateral deviation” didn’t mean much to this Finola, however, since they’re technically the same person, Bryan was confident that she’d get to the bottom of it.
And she did. With a little help from George Jones.
Although, it took a few jumps for her to arrive in a reality where her father was still alive. Hard to keep up on his death versus alive status, right?
With the degradation fully setting in, Finola realized that the only way to restore order in all the realities and timelines is for all of them to jump together at the exact same time.
Essentially, this is what George kept alluding to from the very first jump as he kept telling Shelby that he had to jump at the precise moment that he and Shelby originally activated the debris.
The only crucial part that was missing from his theory was that both Shelby and Kathleen had to make the jump simultaneously as they are the “same strands of the same reality.”
When they did that, everything reverted back to normal.
It was great seeing Bryan and Finola partnered up again, though, I’m a little disappointed with how quickly the storyline was wrapped up.
And how frustrating is it that neither of them remembered anything?
Why is that? It seems Shelby and Kathleen, who did remember their experience, clued them in, but having Bryan and Finola’s memories wiped seemingly sets back all the progress that the episodes made.
While they were separated, they both made plenty of meaningful realizations.
When Bryan admitted that he wasn’t honest about what he wanted, he seemed to realize just how much he cared about Finola. Even the notes he wrote her through the looking glass indicated that his feelings for her were deeper than he realized.
This version of Finola didn’t remember Bryan, but she was surprised to learn that her father was alive and even asked him what he would say to her in his final moments.
While George is still alive in her reality, it’s unfortunate she won’t remember that phone call.
Sadly, all of this character development was for nothing as they came back without any recollection of it.
At the very least, they could’ve remembered all the terrible partners they endured and established a newfound appreciation for each other.
While introducing time-traveling is consistent with a sci-fi series and showcases just how powerful and potent the debris is, it was hard to keep up with everything that was going on and even harder to distinguish which moments were significant as things kept changing.
In one reality, George and Craig worked together and explained that Bryan was a war criminal, which seems to align with Ash’s vibe in “our” reality.
Would Bryan have been part of Influx in that reality?
And will that come into play sometime in the future? Is there more to Bryan’s time in Afghanistan than meets the eye?
Once everything was restored to normal, it was evident that they all missed out on a chunk of time as Craig didn’t get the confirmation call about the dinner until it was too late.
This means that he never had that raw and heartbreaking conversation with his wife about why she wanted to divorce him. Instead, he came home to find the divorce papers on the table, which caught him completely off guard.
Poor guy has no idea what’s going on.
The final scene of the episode also showed Anson Ash grabbing one of the prison guards by the wrist, which somehow gave connected them and allowed Anson to see the code necessary to escape captivity.
How is that possible? Is he using a piece of debris? Or has he become one with a piece of debris?
My biggest gripe with the series — which I’m enjoying despite all the vagueness — is that the episodes are entertaining as standalone episodes, but the bigger picture simply isn’t coming together as quickly as it should be.
We’re more aquatinted with Bryan and Finola and enjoy their partnership, but we still don’t know much more about the debris, Influx, or Craig/Ferris’ motivations than we did when the series premiered.
Did you enjoy the episode? What are your thoughts?
Do you want more answers? Let us know in the comments below!
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