The characters are introduced to the setting quite well this time, with one of the most exciting exits from the wormhole ever on the series, and no skimping on visual effects.
The show is well written, giving Arturo many great verbal sparring partners throughout the course of the episode, from the opening pretzel scene to the finale. Wade is probably his best sparring partner, but there are many more competing for screen time with Arturo.
Rembrandt is the only other character who truly gets a plot to contend with - one of his trademark female fantasy sidelines except that this time the gender stereotypes are played out in reverse and exaggerated to good humorous effect. Nice. In fact, most of the scenes throughout this story seem to have been chosen amongst other possibilities because they would be the most interesting ones to watch our characters go through, and about 70-80% of the time these are scenes designed for humour, for which the cast is able to play them to good effect.
The excellent nature of what is being expertly explored in this episode makes heroics on Quinn's part uncalled for. So yet another story goes by without him making his long-awaited mark on the series. In this case, it's an appropriate call. It's just too bad he wasn't served better in previous episodes to better balance the excellent dynamics we have here. Quinn is very much at home with his different role in this story, and makes a good showing. I'm also a sucker for the drama of an election, and this one remains difficult to predict right up until the end. Superb.
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