INCORPORATED Review: “Executables”

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The walls keep closing in on Aaron/Ben (Sean Teale). As he continues to make poor decisions to cover his tracks, everything keeps catching up to him.  “Executables” finds Aaron’s new tech Everclear backfiring on him badly. If there’s one thing INCORPORATED has excelled at it’s been the tech and now the morality of how the tech is used is coming into play in smart ways. As the characters become more human, Aaron continues to lose his humanity. 

INCORPORATED -- "Executables" Episode 107 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dennis Haysbert as Julian, Sean Teale as Ben Larson -- (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Syfy)

The mind reading technology that Aaron pitched is fully functional and is ahead of schedule. Using this opportunity Aaron recruits Hendrick (Damon Herriman) to help isolate and erase memories of him killing Roger Caplan (Douglas Nyback). Since now the GPS on Roger’s watch has been activated, Elizabeth (Julia Ormond) gives Aaron full reign to use Everclear on a man who might know where an Inazagi gene splicer is and get his location as soon as possible. Unfortunately for Aaron, Roger’s car is intercepted by scavengers before it can make it to Mexico thus activating the emergency beacon too early and in a bad location. Julian (Dennis Haysbert) meanwhile tracks down the man who knows where the gene splicer is. However, the Everclear machine is having trouble reading his mind due to fail safes leading to an impatient Julian to investigate Roger’s murder. Julian finds Aaron’s keyhold which leads him to Elena (Denyse Tontz). Aaron hacks the failsafe in Bruhl’s mind and finds the location of the gene splicer. Aaron however uses Bruhl’s memory of killing a baby to use as blackmail as a way out for himself and Elena. Bruhl calls him a monster. Aaron then erases his memory of what had just transpired. Just then one of Aaron’s employees informs him that Julian wants an update and is currently interrogating Elena. Aaron then interrupts the interrogation to tell Julian he found the splicer and reveals himself to a very surprised Elena. Aaron reveals his findings to Elizabeth and Julian, but Julian cannot mobilize a team in time to get to the location. Aaron proposes he erases Bruhl’s memory of today causing no permanent brain damage and he will still check in on time with Inazagi. Julian returns to Elena who covers for Aaron. Frustrated, Julian gets permission from Elizabeth to use Everclear on company employees as he figures Aaron is responsible for much of what has transpired. Aaron, locked out of Everclear, uses a 3D printer to make a Everclear prototype and needs Hendrick’s help to erase Aaron and make the Ben Larson alias Aaron’s only identity.

INCORPORATED -- "Executables" Episode 107 -- Pictured: Allison Miller as Laura Larson -- (Photo by: Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy)

Laura (Allison Miller) is becoming more and more interesting as we progress in the season. Her meeting a local gangster who runs the block that her former maid is living in is exciting as she’s willing to work with unsavory people for the greater good. And who knows what this guy Goran (Tahmoh Penikett) has up his sleeve, but she’s becoming stronger by facing her grief head on and almost overcoming it. Theo (Eddie Ramos) is now at the mercy of Terrence (Ian Tracey) as he uses Blur to enhance his fighting skills to beat a better rival fighter. With Theo’s storyline, I was surprised by the amount of violence and sexual content SyFy got away with considering this is a TV-14 show. But hey, Hannibal and CSI were both TV-14 as well which is crazy considering that both would easily be R rated by the MPAA. I can say my anger at the drug Blur is greatly reduced now that it’s coming into play well in the stories this show is trying to tell. Theo, who is also gay, I felt bad for as Terrence also forces a girl who works for him to help calm him down from the effects of Blur. We see Theo start to get his wits about and say no but Terrence shushes him. I felt very dirty watching this all go down.

INCORPORATED -- "Executables" Episode 107 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rachael Crawford as Alicia Morse, Dennis Haysbert as Julian -- (Photo by: Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy)

The morality of Everclear was something I really enjoyed this week. Watching Bruhl call Aaron a monster is very correct as we see him drag up a very awful memory of Bruhl mercy killing a baby. It also seems like Julian is the real hero of the show. We now get to see his family and understand why he wants out of Spiga so badly. I felt for the guy as he tries to spend the whole episode with trying to get some adult time with his wife and some playtime with his daughter. Same goes with Hendrick who for all intents has paid Aaron back twofold and just wants to spend time with his daughter. Not only will Aaron get himself killed but Hendrick and his kid as well.

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Season 1, Episode 7 (S01E07)
Incorporated airs Wednesdays at 10PM on SyFy

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A lifelong film enthusiast since he can remember, Brandon is an indie filmmaker/screenwriter and freelance critic who resides in Trenton, NJ. Feel free to hit him up on Twitter to talk movies, shows, and music (especially hip-hop).
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