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Emergence – RDZ9021 (1×05)

EMERGENCE - "RDZ9021" - Jo is determined to prove Kindred was behind the attack on Benny and April. Meanwhile, Piper experiences intense, confusing visions on "Emergence," airing TUESDAY, OCT. 29 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Giovanni Rufino) ASHLEY AUFDERHEIDE, ALLISON TOLMAN, DONALD FAISON



Throughout most of Emergence Season 1 Episode 5, Jo says that they have to play it smart and then proceeds to do everything but play it smart.

Jo’s a determined small-town cop with skills and guts, but she doesn’t stand a chance at taking down someone as powerful and elevated as Richard Kindred.

Kindred has men everywhere, and they’re always a few steps ahead of Jo and Benny.

It’s how he managed to have one of his hitman attack April and Benny when she was decrypting the harddrive.

Granted, if the hitman was smart, he wouldn’t have left Benny alive as to not identify him, but even so, Jo and Benny weren’t able to connect any concrete evidence to Kindred.

Kindred’s been responsible for a plethora of bad things and has managed to cover his tracks at every turn.

Jo tried to build a case against him with one weak link, which fell apart almost immediately.

If she wants to succeed, she’s going to need a lot more than the license plate of his hitman.

As we saw, his people easily altered the system to make it look like the car had been stolen for days.

Honestly, I’m not even sure if Jo would be allowed to arrest someone out of her jurisdiction like that.

Arresting Kindred meant that she not only exposed herself even more than she previously had, but she also waged a full-on war against him.

He now views her as someone threatening him and his business.

She wasn’t even able to convince anyone that she was telling the truth.

Even her DA thought everything she and Officer Chris said sounded more like a conspiracy theory than reality.

And Jo doesn’t even know the extent of Kindred’s capabilities yet.

While she thinks she’s protecting Piper by keeping her inside the house, she’s also blissfully unaware that Kindred has a way to “connect” with Piper.

She is an Android after all. I’m sure Kindred has plenty of ways to access Piper.

His chat with Piper was the equivalent of someone hacking into her system and then wiping any recollection of it.

What plans does Kindred have for Piper?

Comparing her to a revolutionary new color means that he plans to roll out this technology at some point, right?

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Emergence Review (1×08) – New Key Players & the Fatal Exception



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There’s a new key player on Emergence Season 1 Episode 8, and she knows everything.

Even worse, she (or her dark army, as I’m going to refer to them until we know more) has been blowing up all the Augur Industries buildings.


This new development adds layers of mystery on top of the abundance of answers the series has already given us.

We’re not complaining that the series has been forthcoming with answers, but we also don’t exactly know what to do with all this newfound information.

The introduction of yet another vital character is concerning considering how underutilized both Wilkins and Kindred were and how swiftly they were killed off.

This mystery woman was introduced as the “big boss” of sorts since she seems to wield more power than Wilkins or Kindred ever did.

In the final scene, she confronted Wilkins who made good on his claim that he’s a coward.

She accused him of taking something from her, he assured her that he’ll try to get it back and that he “didn’t know,” to which she replied, “you knew enough,” right before gutting him in the throat.


The only concrete fact about her is that she did not come to play.

What is the thing that Wilkins could have taken?

Could it be Piper?

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Emergence Review – Fatal Exception (1×07)



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Having Piper choose to stay with Jo and her family may have seemed comforting at the moment, but the overall picture is that Piper is getting too dangerous for her own good.

On Emergence Season 1 Episode 7, Emily was painted with a villainous brush-stroke as Jo figured out that they’ve naively been feeding information to the enemy this whole time.

Emily’s intentions for Piper came into focus as she attempted to convince the human-like android that she’s her mother and the only one who truly knows her.

When her attempts failed, Emily threatened Alan Wilkin’s until he reprogrammed Piper to do what she wanted.

In this case, he helped Emily replace Jo in every one of Piper’s memories with herself.

Emily is clearly a very broken soul, but her motivations for gaining Piper’s love were a little underwhelming.

Are we supposed to believe that she’s doing all of this because she wasn’t love as a child?

That making a robot love her will someone fill the void left behind by her dad?

That’s surface-level, at best, for a show that has the ability to dig deeper.

Emily’s brilliant, there’s no denying that, but she’s wasting so much of that potential on convincing Piper when she should be figuring out how Piper’s managed to become so advanced.

Because honestly, that’s the truly impressive part.

She was able to recall her meetings with Emily despite being programmed to forget them so that she could warn Jo about the threat.

And Piper somehow managed to rewrite her own code so that she could choose to stay with Jo’s family.

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Emergence – No Outlet (1×04)



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Emergence wasted no time asking the follow-up questions to “who is Piper.”

Much like the fandom, Jo wanted to know who was living in her house on Emergence Season 1 Episode 4.

Specifically, what she was, where she came from, and what was she capable of.

Since Benny tracked down Emily, Jo figured she squeeze out as much intel out of her as possible.

The gist of Emily’s information was that there is absolutely no human aspect to Piper. She’s 100% AI, code, synthetic, or whatever else you want to call it.

But that doesn’t necessarily explain the bio side of things — the bleeding, the blood being drawn, even something as simple as drinking water.

Even Emily couldn’t answer that one.

Kindred and Augur Industries may be dangerous, but there’s nothing more dangerous than a woman and mom who wants to know the truth.

Jo’s hunt for answers was thrilling and aptly mirrored our quest for the truth.

She didn’t stop after getting a sliver of the information nor was she scared away by all the danger signs.

After poking at Emily, she openly asked Kindred.

He gave her the runaround and compared Piper to a chimpanzee who exhibited human behavior until it one day turned on the family.

The bottom line is that he echoed the same thing Benny and Emily did: code is dangerous and unpredictable.

For a bit, Jo also seemed concerned, especially after Piper blew up the Child Service’s lady’s phone.

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