Ever since the Falling Skies season 2 finale aired, viewers have wondered what would become of Hal Mason. At the beginning of the second season, we watched as Anne extracted an eyeworm out of Tom’s eyes, but never got a chance to see what would have happened if it had stayed inside his body. Until Now. Roy’s portrayal of a man fighting with his inner demons has earned him this week’s Most Valuable Actor Award.
When season 2 ended, we saw Hal Mason appear to change over into a new evil persona after the eyeworm slinked its way into his ear (and his brain?). This twist was one of the most anticipated plotlines for season 3, so when Hal was found paralyzed at the start of the third season, many viewers were confused. Especially after Hal was able to walk during his rendezvous with Karen. In “At All Costs,” Hal’s infected state seem to make a lot more sense when Hal’s Jekyll and Hide situation was revealed. Hal Mason has been unaware that he’s been infected, but once he discovered his ability to walk in “Badlands,” Hal knew something was wrong. In fact, Hal believed he was the mole his father and his men were searching for. While it makes sense considering Hal has been secretly meeting with Karen and is privy to top-secret information, odds are he’s not the traitor.
“It’s ok, Anne. Everything’s going to be fine.”
Drew Roy has had a lot of story to play with over the past two seasons. As Tom Mason’s eldest son, Hal has been in the midst of the fight practically from the very beginning. This season, Hal has been waylayed due to his mysterious handicap. So far we’ve watched as Hal struggled with his current situation. While Hal hasn’t had much to do in the first two episodes, Roy still managed to portray Hal’s struggle in an honest way. Most young men in his situation would be angry, depressed, and feel useless. Feelings Roy always kept to the forefront in the scenes he has been in so far. Last week, Hal’s situation improved as he learned to walk again, but his mental state took another beating when it appeared Hal was the mole. In “At All Costs,” Hal’s alter ego took over and took control of his life. From having sex with Maggie (something Hal hasn’t had the desire to do) to helping the Skitters steal baby Alexis, EvilHal promises to add exciting complications. Most actors love playing the villain, and it’s obvious Drew Roy isn’t the exception. The playful glee in which he’s played EvilHal so far added a bit of fun to the episode that was lacking. I can’t wait to see what shenanigans EvilHal gets up to next week, and whether Hal will be able to regain control of his body.
Falling Skies Episode 3×05, “Search and Recovery” – Sunday, June 30th, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-14-LSV