Raised by Wolves So Far
Marcus’ peculiar behavior causes everyone to turn against him. First his wife leaves him taking with her all the children, including their son Paul. Even the Mithraic tire of his ramblings and turn on him and leaving him in the desert beaten and alone. Meanwhile, Mother learns that she’s pregnant and after reuniting with the kids, looks for a suitable place to give birth. Joining them is Tempest’s rapist and after a freak accident, he gains superstrength and threatens them all until Tempest confronts her assaulter and kills him.
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With the Atheists all reunited, plus Sue, Mother and Father must deal with the elephant in the room. Seeing that his partner is pregnant with no involvement of his own, Father wrestles with the emotions of being a cuckold while also wanting to care for the children. What makes matters worse is that Mother is so dismissive of his feelings.
In addition to the domestic problems of the main parental figures, another cause of concern is Paul showing tendencies similar to Marcus. Sue sees the familiar signs and tries her best to help him. Unfortunately, his undivided faith makes him irrational and he loses trust in his mother when he learns her secret.
Speaking of Marcus, he survived his attack from his previously loyal soldiers and roams the desert hoping that Sol will answer his call. Along the way, he has various hallucinations but his final one isn’t just a figment of his imagination.
The most engaging part of “The Beginning” is the Mother/Father dynamic. Some of the complications they face are familiar in any marital dispute such as infidelity and the children well-being, but the android angle provides a different slant.
Father brings the expected emotions as the wronged partner but Mother’s eccentricity and awkwardness reminds viewers, they aren’t human. She can be so cold and detached while reacting with a friendly grin on her face. As they work out their problems and as the story progresses, some of their conversations also have an amusing dark humor and irony behind them because they are robots.
As far as season finales go, Raised by Wolves’ is a bit unsatisfying. There are some answers to the season’s big questions like a look at the mysterious observer, the origin of the strange creatures, and the birth of Mother’s child. Other than the pregnancy, there’s no real feeling of resolution. The Atheist camp looks what to do next after the events, Marcus is still crazy, and we never see the Mithraic. These plotlines are left hanging but not in an exciting cliffhanger kind of way.
However, there are some intriguing developments. More survivors from Earth make their way to Keplar-22b and it should be interesting how these new arrivals interact with the current survivors. Then there is more mythology and insight on the planet itself. The revelations are a complete surprise and put into question the reality of everything but they are so crazy and way out of left field that it’s quite the jump to accept.
Season one of Raised by Wolves ends a bit uneven with great moments between Mother and Father and some intriguing developments to lead into the next season. Nonetheless, there is no feeling of resolution and some of the big revelations are too unbelievable.
All episodes of Raised by Wolves are on HBO Max.