he very last episode of Socio ? Given the way events have panned out over the past few weeks, it was always bound to be frustrating. Because, by the time the end credits rolled, it was clear that there was a plan in place for a second series, with a major thread left dangling in the air. Yet, there's no chance whatsoever of that second series being commissioned, and we'll never see just why Julius looks quite so smug at the end, and who is on the transporter ship that's finally landed on Carpathia.
It's a pity, too. Outcasts has made its mistakes across the past eight episodes, and it had effectively lost its battle for ongoing survival after two episodes. But for those who stuck with the show, even after its move to late night Sundays, there's been plenty to feast on.
This final episode, then, does get through a lot of business, and it answers some of the questions that have been posed over the past few weeks. What's more, it brought to the fore some characters that haven't been quite as fleshed out over the past few weeks and offered tangible explanations as to why.
Yep, we're looking at Fleur. The same Fleur who has edged closer and closer to Cass these last weeks, who suddenly, we discover, ends up in Jack's bed. Clearly betrayed by her discovery of the fact that Cass isn't who he said he was, Fleur is in a muddle here, and when the revelations about her character are opened up, it's not unreasonable to suggest that things do not immediately improve for her. Imprisoned, and discovering that her life as she knows it isn't what she thought, Fleur has reason to be unhappy. For, after all this time, she's an AC. And that gives Julius some extra ammunition.
But this episode didn't take the obvious path in front of it. And I thought it was a lovely sideways turn when Tate surrendered the presidency, and gave it to Jack. I was expecting that Julius or Stella would get the nod, and some cunning master plan would be unveiled. But, no. A wise strategic move was played out, and it worked infinitely better than the smattering of chess metaphors.
Because giving Jack responsibility, and playing on his feelings for Fleur, was a tactical moment of genius, and one that knocked Julius off the front foot. In fact, for a good chunk of this episode, he seemed to be playing catch up. His clunky hints about the transporter were the only moments that didn't utterly convince for him here, but otherwise, he was a fascinating character to watch.
He's also thinking on his feet, not least when Stella uncovers just how the virus is being transmitted, and how the dominant force on Carpathia has been playing people all along. In short: DNA is being transmitted.