In Clanton, Ella Fisher is doing chores around the house, losing her eyesight at the beginning of The Peripheral series 7. He asks if anyone is around and finds Rhys, one of Burton’s friends. He tells her to take him to the doctor, he seems to have lost his vision again. As they drive away, Bob tracks and follows them in his car.
The Peripheral Season 1
Episode No 7 Recap And Review
In London, after declaring that he wants to stretch his legs, Louber tells Zubov that he wants to conduct the interview outdoors with three people on the periphery. Flynne wants Wilf to join them. Lowbeer allows it.
Tommy goes to the police station and wants to see the evidence he entered after the accident. He asks about the weapons the old man was carrying, but the only evidence was his crashed car.
Lowbeer takes them to a Met Police training facility called Zoo. He tells Conner and Burton that they need to go to practice. With a flick of Louber’s hand, the rubble in front of them transforms into a tall building. The two boys walk towards the building with Beatrice, Louber’s subordinate. Lowbeer tells Flynne that he has another test for him.
Beatrice tells the boys the rules. They have to advance from floor to floor, getting rid of all obstacles, until they reach the roof, where a surprise awaits. Conner asks if she’s human. He says he is special. The training begins with six armed guards forming around them. They take them down easily. Beatrice says the next floor will be twelve and the third floor eighteen. Conner and Burton prepare to face the rest.
Tommy finds his car in a junkyard along with Bob’s Glock and a sonic gun he calls doodad.
Meanwhile, Bob enters the medical center. He takes Reece down. Dee Dee tries to call Tommy but can’t get through. He and Ella leave the doctor’s office, where Bob holds them at gunpoint.
Ossie and Ash talk about how the inspector took their DNA sample. Zubov calls Ash and asks him to speak from a peripheral point of view. He refuses because the inspector might know if they’re going to try it. Ossian tells him to pack up and leave. Ash replies that they will lose everything, including access to the stupa and what’s inside Flynne. Ossian says it’s not worth dying for, but Ash doesn’t want to run.
Inspector Lowbeer tells Flynne about the aunts at the Met – the data-sorting algorithms that find information about Lowbeer’s life in Lowbeer’s timeline. This version Conner did not lose his limbs. This means that R.I. opened the stupa at least a decade earlier than they assumed. He says that Jackpot seems to have sped up on Flynne’s timeline and suspects R.I. He says that Conner and Burton participated in the war as ordinary soldiers without any haptic technology. Burton did not survive.
Flynne in Lowbeer’s timeline married Tommy. The inspector wants to know more about Flynne, who is sitting in front of him. He asks Flynne to take a test where he will ask questions and Flynne must answer as quickly as possible.
Conner and Burton continue their battle upstairs. They reach the roof where Beatrice reveals her surprise – they fight until only one of them is left standing.
Lowbeer asks Flynne. His biggest fear is that his mother will die. His greatest strength is not knowing when to give up, his greatest weakness is the same. If he could go back in time and change what happened, he wouldn’t. When asked if Lowbeer will cut the connection between Flynne’s worlds, he says no. When asked why, Flynne hesitates.
Lowbeer Flynne allows him to ask three questions. His greatest fear is past. This is about where Flynne is from. The third question is whether or not he actually has the power to disconnect, but Lowbeer evades an answer and leaves.
On the roof, Beatrice takes down both Burton and Conner.
All three of them wake up from their peripherals to a text from Reece about taking their mother to the doctor.
Tommy Corbell arrives at Pickett’s house. He follows bloody footprints to find Mary Pickett’s body and sees Pickett and Sheriff Jackson talking ahead. Jackson tells Tommy that Bob came here, killed Mary and stole one of their cars. He wants Tommy to arrest Burton. He makes up a story about how Burton and his friends got into the drug trade and ran into the wrong guy. When Tommy lies to him, Jackson tells him to get out of the fairy tale world and see what reality is, that they both really work for Corbell. When Tommy refuses to arrest Burton, Jackson explains the consequences of Tommy not only losing his job, but also being arrested.
Beatrice gives Lowbeer a summary of Conner and Burton’s training. He says Burton will turn to Conner for help, even though it’s predictable. When asked why, he said he didn’t know the decision was made far below any level of consciousness. Beatrice Cherise Nuland reports that she is here to visit Lowbeer.
Tommy sits in his car, frustrated with his situation.
Burton realizes something is wrong when their haptic technology fails to read Reece’s vitals. He rushes Flynne and Leon to the hospital.
Cherise Nuland Meets The Inspector. He is fascinated by Beatrice, who turns out to be peripheral. He then talks about how many coids are made to resemble a missing personal connection, like siblings. He points out that Beatrice is modeled after Inspector Lowber’s daughter. Lowbeer asks Beatrice to cut the power and erase the last five minutes. He asks Cherise why she is here. Cherise says something was stolen from her and she’s asking the law for help.
Ash and Ossian talk about stealing something. They talk about gaining access to bacteria in their coded language. As soon as Zubov arrives, they continue to talk about stealing from under his nose. Unfortunately, Zubov has deciphered their language and knows exactly what they are doing. He ponders whether to destroy them or let them live, and then threatens Ossian’s life so that Ash will reveal their secrets.
Ash, Aelita’s stolen R.I. reveals that he plans to upload his files to Burton’s haptic implants and store them where they cannot be traced. But because Flynne looked like him, the headset turned the data into bacteria that began to colonize his brain. Ash said they planned to inform the neoprims so they could burn this world and build a new one.
Cherise tells Lowbeer that what led to winning the Jackpot was human nature, a natural tendency to act against the collective good. He accuses Zubov and others of stealing R.I.’s information about the neural regulatory mechanism. In the wrong hands, he says, it can be deadly. He tells Lowbeer that the stub is also R.I. created by and will be extremely dangerous once under the control of Klepts, like Zubov. He wants Louber to destroy Zubov and the Fishermen.
Ella learns that Bob will do anything to protect his daughter. He tries to see the third option – to kill himself.
Burton stops the car near the hospital and they are all armed. Leon attaches haptics to Reece’s body and makes him twitch.
Tommy returns to meet with Sheriff Jackson and Corbell Pickett. He points Bob’s gun at the Sheriff, making up a story about how Bob can kill Jackson and Pickett. He shoots Jackson with the Glock and then takes out Pickett with a stun gun.
From the interesting Beatrice to the revelations about Ash and Ossian, this episode had quite a few moving parts. It was thought provoking that Inspector Lowbeer introduced us to the life of an alternate version of Flynne. What about the haptic technology that crippled Connery for life in one timeline, and whose absence killed Burton in another? Given all this, the irony of Cherise’s dialogue about technology in the wrong hands is not missed.
However, while this episode has a heightened sense of intrigue and suspense, the pieces still don’t come together. Now we know about the bacteria in Flynne’s head, but the significance of this stolen data and its world-ending properties are still unclear. The excitement that accompanies the second and final episode of any season of television is sadly lacking.
Like the rest of the show, episode 7 is slow paced and filled with conversations – some brilliant but some completely unnecessary.