The Man Who Fell to Earth Episode 3 is the third instalment of an American science fiction television series created by Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman. The series is based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis and previously made into a film in 1976 starring David Bowie. This television series is actually a continuation of the events depicted in the film, a sequel of sorts.
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Entitled “New Angels of Promise”, The Man Who Fell to Earth Episode 3 does an excellent job in moving the plot forward and establishing the main conflict that will drive the series, presumably, until its conclusion. As we have stated in our story analysis post, the core of an effective story lies in a strong main character with a dramatic need, encountering and overcoming numerous challenges – which may or may not include a worthy adversary – with the aid of allies and supporters.
The Man Who Fell to Earth Episode 3 does exactly that! Faraday is, of course, the main character of this story – the protagonist with the quest to save his planet Anthea, which is dying from ecological disaster. This episode reveals the very specific means by which Faraday will be able to accomplish this – compatriot Thomas Newton’s design for a quantum energy source – which is currently held as a patent in an ancient language by OriGen.
This episode also establishes a clear and definite ‘villain’ so to speak – CIA agent Spencer Clay, who is tasked to find Newton and of course, Faraday. Clay is a spiky, unlikable character and the very anti-thesis of Faraday’s well-meaning naivety. Along with scientist Justin Falls, Faraday finds a new ally in Hatch Flood, formerly of OriGen, and the means by which Faraday will be able to get hold of Newton’s design. With everything in place, we can expect the story to get going from next episode onwards. Highly recommended!
Now streaming on Showtime.
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