I was impressed by the resources and set pieces of this episode (as well as the ship battle of the previous episode), and in this "horror" episode they showed that they were willing to push against the edges of PG-13.
I was also very impressed by the stunt people: in both the clown fight and the android fight, the stuntpeople went on like crazy, they didn't pull their punches, and the android fight especially was better than any fight in any episode of Star Trek ever (headbashes into consoles that disintegrate nastily, ripping out believably heavy metal guardrails to use as a melee weapon). The fan service of answering the question "What would a fight between a super-strong android and a super-strong girl weighing a buck fifty look like?" was very appreciated, it was both well-edited and choreographed.
If they keep taking risks with the adult-rated material like this they might well garner enough ratings to get a second season. It's the toughest challenge in McFarlane's career to try and balance oddball humor with serious or thoughtful narratives, but it feels like they might be finding their footing.
In both the last two episodes the writers show that they have realized how to use Bortus in the best way for good comic relief: just like Goldblum, best in small doses.
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