Hippolyta's relentless search for answers takes her on a multidimensional journey of self-discovery as Atticus heads to St. Louis to consult an old family friend.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jurnee Smollett ... Letitia 'Leti' Lewis
Jonathan Majors ... Atticus Freeman
Aunjanue Ellis ... Hippolyta Freeman
Wunmi Mosaku ... Ruby Baptiste
Abbey Lee ... Christina Braithwhite
Jamie Chung ... Ji-Ah (credit only)
Jada Harris ... Diana Freeman
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Montrose Freeman (as Michael K. Williams)
Courtney B. Vance ... George Freeman
Jamie Neumann ... Dell / Hillary
Jordan Patrick Smith ... William
Jon Hudson Odom Jon Hudson Odom ... Sammy
Joaquina Kalukango ... Hanna
Karen LeBlanc ... Seraphina AKA Beyond C'est
Sufe Bradshaw ... Nawi


Hippolyta's relentless search for answers takes her on a multidimensional journey of self-discovery as Atticus heads to St. Louis to consult an old family friend.

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Hippolyta Freeman: [Speaking to George Freeman] When I was a kid, I thought I was big enough to have every right to name something out of this world, and then I just started shrinking myself. By the time I met you, I'd already gotten so small. And I thought you knew how big I wanted to be. I thought you saw me. But you just stood by and let me shrink myself more for you.
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Through the Gates of the Silver Key
29 September 2020 | by southdavidSee all my reviews

This might seems a little hypocritical, but I didn't care for the diversion that made up the second half of this episodes as much as I did for episode six - which was essentially one long diversion from the overall plot.

Atticus (Jonathan Majors) and Leti (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) come to a conclusion about the dreams they've shared, that Hanna (Joaquina Kalukango) was carrying the book of names with her when she escaped the burning lodge. Atticus goes to look for that, whilst Leti stays with her sister, unaware that Ruby (Wunmi Mosaku) has been turned to the Braithwaite team. Hippolyta (Aunjanue Ellis) discovers the secrets of the Orrery - which lead her on a journey of self-discovery, through time and space.

Whilst I did like aspects of the afrofuturist odyssey that Hippolyta went on, it was stunning to look at and Aunjanue Ellis was great in it, I felt that it took up a lot of story real estate in a show that is ramping up to next week's finale. It's not that it was worthless, despite Hippolyta having been a relatively minor character so far, it's apparent that she is the most intelligent one in the story and this was presumably some necessary work for her to rediscover her self-worth and prove pivotal next week. It's more... I got it... and I got it fairly quickly, so one scene from each of her time/space jumps would have been enough. Especially as the show has, in past episodes, been wilfully neglectful when it comes to explaining some of its aspects.

Away from that half of the show, it was more positioning ahead of the finale, as Ruby apparently picks her side, Atticus gets confirmation of his fathers secrets and we discover a little more about how Christina's magic works and the fate of Dell from earlier in the season.

Performances have never been this shows problem, but storytelling has been. We'll see next week whether what we've been building towards is worthwhile.

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