Episode 3 of “The Peripheral” begins with a flashback to Clanton, 2015. When they get into the cars to test them, Korbell locks them from the outside, meaning they will die in the scorching heat. Nearby are several giant wooden crosses and a bucket of nails. Her son, young Jasper, looks on.
The Peripheral Season 1
Episode No 3 Recap And Review
In Flynne’s present day, an elderly Corbell Pickett wonders what to do about the Fishermen’s assassination call. His wife suggests he use Billy Ann’s husband Jasper to find out what the Fishermen are up to.
Flynne smiles as she sees her mother reading the newspaper. He meets up with Billy Ann and tells her everything, as Burton and his friends drone around them.
In the print shop, Burton uses the printers to make more weapons. He tells Flynne that he bought the place with the money they bought. Flynne is surprised and even more upset when she finds out that he rented a car. He tells her that they need to be a team and make decisions together. Conner is ready to help them.
On the way home, the brothers discuss how much information they should give to the others. Burton is furious when he realizes that Flynne told Billy Anne everything. Flynne says he’s her only friend, but Burton counters that Jasper’s uncle is Corbell Pickett.
In London in the future, Lev and Wilf discuss Wilf’s past, referring to an incident where Wilf was responsible for killing some people. Lev says there’s no shame in that and he should embrace it. They wake up Flynne’s peripherals, which have been stored in a box when not in use.
Flynne enters the periphery and tells them everything that happened with Aelita. They reveal that Mariel Raphael is the assistant security manager at RI. In return, they tell him that Corbell Pickett has been hired to harm them.
Wilf sits in the car and looks at the house. We flash back to when he and Aelita were adopted by their parents. They wanted Aelita, but she refused to go without Wilf, then known as Wolfgang. After agreeing to change his name to Wilfred, the couple decide to adopt him as well.
He enters the house and hears Aelita singing, but it’s a robot with her face and voice. She meets with her adoptive mother, who says she last saw Aelita a month ago in St. James. Aelita said in her usual cryptic way that she was staying “where it last snowed in London”. As Wilf and his mother talk, it becomes clear that there is animosity between them.
Flynne and Burton argue with Corbell about the situation. Burton wants to kill him, but Flynne insists on finding another way.
He enters again, this time in a car with Wilf. They walk around Buckingham Palace trying to retrace Flynne’s steps since that night. They decide to walk around and Wilf joins them so they can access each other’s sensory experience – Flynne can see and hear everything Wilf can, while also feeling his hangover.
Meanwhile, Burton meets with Corbell and reveals that he knows about the hit. He offers Corbell 2 options, one of which is $200,000 per week to let them go comfortably. When asked about another, Burton talks about the haptics used to connect him and his friends in the Marine Corps. He describes how their group became one big organism and how one of the sergeants in his group almost killed a boy once according to his memories. If Corbell lays a finger on them, he should be afraid of all the men Burton serves. Corbell talks about how he got rid of the filth in this city and turned it into a safe place. He repeats that this is his city. Burton points at the bottle in Corbell’s hand and the bullet immediately shatters it. He makes his first offer again. Tommy looks at him as the two men shake hands.
Cherise Nuland said it took a long time for the killer Daniel to get rid of Flynne. Threatens him to be more efficient. He says Aelita went to school with another RI employee, Grace Hogarth. Cherise says she’ll deal with it.
As Wilf and Flynne walk, he asks her why Aelita calls her a polt. He says it’s short for poltergeist, which is the term they use for people from a different era who use peripherals. A police robot starts following Flynne and Wilf realizes that the peripheral is not properly registered. When confronted by a police robot, Wilf makes up a story about a peripheral used by a woman from Canada. He then makes an impromptu love confession to avoid a question about the woman’s visa. Flynne asks if she can go home and is ushered out of the “fairy”.
Cherise Nuland visits Grace Hogarth in a garden with beehives nearby. The two women drink tea and Cherise tells Grace that her research on the draft is important work. Then he asks about Aelita. Grace admits that she introduced Aelita to the Department of Stub Investigations. As the bees begin to approach the glass jar, Cherise discovers that her sweat in the river contains a chemical that mimics the pheromone released by hornets. Ignoring Grace’s pleas, he opens the door and the bees attack Grace.
Jasper Billy drops Annie home and tells her she needs to drop off the bag Burton Fisher gave her to her uncle. He opens it to see lots of wads of cash and tells her to find out what it’s all about.
At his father’s warehouse, Jasper gives the bag to Corbell. Corbell gets him to buy one of the bundles of cash and demands a favor in return. He wants Jasper to find out where Burton got all that money.
Flynne talks to Burton about feeling connected to someone. He describes what can often feel like love, but it isn’t. The feeling of getting lost in someone else’s senses is known as haptic drift.
When Flynne next enters, Wilf tells her about Aelita’s tip. He suggests that the “snow” could be a person. Wilf realizes it’s one of Aelita’s inspirational heroes and they find her whereabouts.
Everything in Aelita’s apartment is a mess, as if someone had robbed it. They find a broken grandfather clock in Flynne’s house that looks like a broken clock. Wilf asks what time his watch is stuck. When they turn the clock to that time, a secret door opens. They find the operating room where Flynne had her eye replaced. There are also two bad peripherals. Flynne also finds a white model of her house and surroundings.
They are about to leave when the main door opens. Daniel and a robot attack them, Daniel uses his sonic weapon to affect Flynne’s real body as well. They manage to overcome both. Daniel says that Cherise is after Flynne because she took something. Before he can say anything else, Cherise remotely controls the robot and kills Daniel.
While the peripheral continues to be a bit longer and slower than it should be, this episode gets into the relationship dynamics pretty well. We see the struggle for control between Flynne and her brother, as well as the resentment between Wilf and his adoptive mother. There are also some interesting insights into Wilf and his past – the forced name change and Aelita’s disappointment with her decision. It will be interesting to see how the show tackles racism in the future world.
Even Cherise gets more interesting this episode, especially when comparing her actions to those of the protective mother. With T’Nia Miller portraying his smirks and threats with a truly chilling energy, it’s impossible not to admire his cool and effortless killing style. Admirable antagonist.
Overall, an interesting episode, if not very exciting.