Invasion: The Last Wave Goodbye (finale)
(S01E22) I really don't think ABC understands what they're giving up here. Granted this wasn't the best episode of the season. But as far as season finales go, this is right up there. Things you wanted addressed were taken care of and the cliffhanger... man, I never saw that coming. The only gripe I had was the middle. There was a lot of filler and it took some patience to get to the good stuff. I'm glad I waited.
We picked up right where last week left off with Szura's gang pushing people into the water to do a dance with the orange aliens. Tom and Russell put up a fight though. They bust out their guns and take out a ton of the hybrids. Just in time too because Dave and Louis finally show up with Colonel Lopez and the Air Force. Szura, being the smart guy that he is, grabs Mariel (four of the pregnant ladies too) and drives off with them. Game on.
Morning arrives, and Tom and Russell take off after Mariel and Szura. Louis takes Larkin, Dave, and the children home. Before they can leave, Brett (Jesse's football buddy) takes them all hostage with the help of some other jerk. They take everyone back to Tom's because they still think he's behind all this.
Meanwhile, Tom and Russell find Szura in some abandoned building. Tom chases his former pal around and eventually puts about a dozen bullets into him. So rest assured, Szura is dead. Then Tom gets a phone call and takes off without Russell and Mariel, but we'll come back to that.
The pregnant ladies are ready to give birth to whatever is inside them. They want to go to the water (it's instinct), so Mariel and Russell drive the four of them to the shore. Three of them walk right in and get pulled under. The fourth lady collapses on the beach. I thought she was dead, especially after Mariel couldn't find a pulse. But then it happened. One of the creatures (I still think they look like giant horseshoe crabs) came out of the water and pulled the woman in. It was creepy.
Back to Tom, the call he got? Jesse on the radio. So Tom rushes home to find the kids upstairs and Larkin, Dave, and Louis locked in a closet. Brett, at this point, had given up on the cause and wanted to leave. His buddy didn't. Tom wrestled the idiot to the ground but not before his gun went off once. A single bullet. Right through the closet door. Larkin took it in the chest and her lung collapses fast.
Everybody tries to help, but Louis can't get anyone on the radio or the phone. The town is in disarray, it's martial law. No ambulance is going to get there in time and Tom doesn't know where Mariel is. It quickly becomes clear that there's only one way to keep Larkin alive.
Tom brings her to the shore... and sends her off into the water! Russell and Mariel show up too after they saw Tom's car. The episode ends as Russell asks Tom, "What'd you do?"
This leaves so many questions. I think the aliens will still take Larkin's body. She's shot, not sick. Plus the pregnancy is an added bonus. Does her child immediately convert to hybrid status as well? Also, this confirms Tom's worth for me. He had good intentions here, even if it's a little twisted. He just didn't want her to die.
After all this, if we don't get a second season of this show... I don't know what to say. This first season was one hell of a ride though.