The Man Who Fell to Earth Episode 7 is the seventh 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 “Cracked Actor”, The Man Who Fell to Earth Episode 7 appears to provide us with the breakthrough event that ultimately leads us to the Faraday that is depicted in the first episode – tech god worshipped by adoring public. This new direction in agenda for Faraday comes directly from Thomas Newton – “get out there and make yourself a legend” – as the means by which Faraday and company can circumvent the diabolical machinations of the CIA and agent Spencer Clay.
Speaking of Clay, we get additional background information about Clay, the fact that his mother was a Russian terrorist and he was adopted by his mentor Drew Finch at a young age. OriGen’s Edie Flood discovers this tidbit and plans to use the info against Clay, along with the influence of Pressman Thorn, a potential new corporate partner. In addition, Clay’s plans to capture Newton goes horribly wrong and he is called to account to his superiors. The positive side of these story developments is the rising of resistance to Clay’s malicious plans for the quantum engine.
But of course, it’s all too good to be true, and once more Clay gets the upper hand by betraying Finch and threatening Edie. A disappointment to say the least but presumably it was necessary for the primary antagonist to continue to provide challenging obstacles to our protagonists. At the end there is an intriguing twist where Faraday realises that Newton has been lying to him about the latter’s real scheme – not to save Anthea and Earth, but to bring Antheans to Earth! Recommended!!
Now streaming on Showtime.
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