REVIEW: Motherland: Fort Salem – 2.07: “Irrevocable”

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“Raelle? They’ve got Raelle?!”

I’ve seen plenty of “save the main character from mortal danger” episodes, but I think this week’s episode of Motherland: Fort Salem, takes the cake (or mushroom?)! From saving a witch lineage, various witches, and even love, “Irrevocable” has it all!

Save Their Line: As we last saw with Abigail and Adil, their main concern was finding and using Charval’s blood to track down her Camarilla used vocal chords. While I definitely was more engaged with Raelle’s story-line this episode, I both liked and disliked seeing this pair on the quest to find Charval’s vocal chords. I liked it because it definitely gave more screen time for Abigail and Adil – showing their similarities and differences from personality to lineage. I say disliked because I just got the feeling from the episode that the pair were the afterthought? For instance, Abigail only knew Raelle was kidnapped towards the end of the episode. And then there’s Abigail’s run in with Scylla.

Both Adil and Abigail have such great storylines in being the last of their line and I would hate to have that be overshadowed. I am also very curious in regards to Adil’s newfound earth work abilities and how that will affect him for the rest of the season. Could he become the next asset in Alder’s eyes? Or worse, use his abilities for the Spree/Nicte?

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“What do you want from me?”

Save Raelle: All I have to say about Raelle Collar in this episode is just: poor Raelle. The Camarilla and in a way the mycellium absolutely puts her through the ringer. And at times it was honestly difficult to watch. Knowing of Raelle’s abilities thanks to the mycellium, the Camarilla stop at nothing to try to make her vocal chords their own. And I mean nothing. Upon the first few minutes in watching this episode, I understood why this show airs at a later time slot. The first attempt at retrieving her vocal chords alone. Shudder!

The brief gore aside, we definitely got a sense of just how strong the mycellium and Raelle are connected. She is essentially indestructible, as we see during various attempts of the Camarilla try to take her vocal chords. But we also know there’s a mycellium-based afterlife Raelle goes to after each attempt?

Overall, I was absolutely blown away by Taylor Hickson’s performance in this episode. From dying multiple times, countless crying scenes, and the slow burn reunion of Rayalla, she did it all!

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“I didn’t know you could do that.”
“Neither did I.”

Save Willa?: This is the portion of the review where I get rather angry. Willa Collar. If you would have told me I would be angry at seeing her die at the end of season 1, I don’t think I would of believed you. But boy am I just frustrated. I’ll never forget being completely shocked seeing her alive and well in the season one finale. I assumed she would be one of second season’s main antagonists and be a central plot to the season. And in a way she was, although not nearly how I and I’m sure the rest of audience thought.

The majority of the season we’ve only seen Raelle miss her “dead” Mom and any inkling of Raelle finding out the truth basically went out the window when Willa sacrificed herself to the witch plague to save Raelle. Was it a great way for Raelle to survive, escape the Camarilla headquarters, and reunite with Scylla? Yes. But was it heartbreaking and a waste of what could of been an amazing rebuilt mother/daughter relationship? Also yes! I just feel like Willa Collar being alive was built up so much at the beginning of the second season, and to just have that thrown away is just disappointing. What did you think of Willa’s sacrifice for Raelle? Touching moment or wasted potential?

What were your thoughts on this week’s Motherland: Fort Salem episode?

The next new episode of Motherland: Fort Salem, 2.08: “Delusional” airs Tuesday at 10/9c on Freeform.

The trailer as well as this week’s “After the Storm” can be viewed below.