December 1, 2022

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Class “The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did”

As the kids sit in detention, Quill goes on an adventure into the world of ideas. Literally.

The previous episode of this short-lived series had the kids stuck in an interdimensional void that used to be detention.  This episode backtracks a bit on that to say where Quill went the entire time that was going on.

Her adventure might be more interesting.

I say that because Quill, for all her glowering and apparent desire to murder all kinds of people for the crime of annoying her, is easily the most interesting character on the series.  This may be due to her more lax code on killing things or the fact she clearly is operating on a different moral code than the others.  It could be due to the fact she’s being played by an older and more experienced actor.  It could be just that the writers really dug into her in ways they didn’t the kids.  Or it could just be that Quill, by virtue of the fact that she is the only one not there by choice, is noticeably older than the others, and is the more alien of the two aliens, just sticks out more.  There have been mild suggestions that she’s lonely, but at the same time, she doesn’t really believe that is any sort of strength.

To demonstrate, consider how Charlie comes across by contrast.  He’s every bit as much an alien as Quill, but he’s a lot more aloof.  He has friends, a new experience for him, but he isn’t above ordering Quill around for the sake of blending in.  He’s even been called out for this by some of the others.  Quill is theoretically the muscle of the bunch, but she’s rarely allowed to actually do anything along those lines for one reason or another.  And for all that her people did seem to attack Charlie’s, could his people have been truly repressing hers?  It’s hard to say at this point.  And since there’s only one episode left, I don’t think I am going to be finding out.  Charlie, as a character, is a lot more bland by design.  He was initially used as something of a joke who didn’t understand pop culture.  Then the more he appeared, the more a sort of royal privilege started to show itself.  He’s not a bad character especially as focus on him shows he has a “heavy is the head that wears the crown” thing, and his people were apparently not all that emotionally demonstrative from the sounds of things, but it does make him a harder character to want to follow.

And then there’s Quill off to the side, sneering like she wouldn’t mind murdering Charlie, any and all Shadow Kin, and possibly some of the other kids too.  At the very least, she wants nothing to do with them.

That makes her a target for Ms. Ames and the mysterious Governors.  Who are they?  I have no idea and don’t think I’ll be finding out.  But they have something called a “metaphysical engine” that acts like the TARDIS along with a shapeshifting alien frozen in a human state.  Ames lets Quill know she can get the Arn, the living being Charlie’s people implanted into her to keep her in line, out.  They just need to use the metaphysical engine to pick up a few things first.  See, while the TARDIS can go anywhere in time and space, the metaphysical engine can go into the realm of ideas.

Yeah, not kidding.

Who are these people?

Anyway, they go into the Arn idea of heaven to pacify the thing, then the shapeshifter’s idea of hell to get some of the devil down there’s blood, and then into Quill legend to get the brain of a Quill Goddess.

Quill’s people don’t really worship anything and tend to hatch in large numbers and then devour their mother, so…yeah, there’s another reason that she is the way she is.

Anyway, Quill gets what she wants, the shapeshifter is able to extract and kill the Arn, and then he and Quill have sex…only to find out Ames isn’t there anymore, and the gun Ames left behind will allow one of them, and only one of them, to kill the other because only one of them can escape where they are, namely inside the Cabinet of Souls.

OK, I know I am never finding out who the Governors are, but seriously, who are these people?

And did that shapeshifter kill himself?

Regardless, time moves differently inside the Cabinet, hence Quill’s hair growth.  She then goes back to the end of the last episode in time to save Charlie, points out she’s on her own now in her most threatening tone…and then collapses.

Yeah, apparently on top of everything else, she is now visibly pregnant.

Next episode is the last one.  I look forward to learning almost nothing.

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