The Man Who Fell to Earth Episode 4 is the fourth 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 “Under Pressure”, The Man Who Fell to Earth Episode 4 is where all the players on the board come together to fulfil the short-term quest. Which is, Faraday and Falls’ acquisition of Newton’s 10th patent for quantum fusion – an invention that will save Earth and Anthea from global destruction. But of course, hidden within this victory is the means by which Faraday’s ultimate goal may denied.
This episode is also a massive exposition dump as the Justin Falls’ back story is finally revealed. In attaining fusion – even for a second – cost the life of her colleague (and baby daddy) Daniel Holland, which resulted in her fall from grace and expulsion from the scientific community. We also get to meet Mary Lou Prescott (from the original movie) who is now a nun, which provides Clay Spencer with a different perspective of the aliens?
In addition, Faraday learns more about Newton’s last days, which suggests that the latter had been destroyed by his experiences with humans. The danger of his assimilation resulting in Newton’s forgetting the name of his own wife, a failure that according to Faraday ate Newton up like a virulent disease.
Thus, The Man Who Fell to Earth Episode 4 brings us to the reality that we saw in the first episode, with Faraday playing the part of a tech god, now fully assimilated as a human being. A heartfelt instalment, for sure.
Now streaming on Showtime.
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