The River : Ep7 “The Experiment”

Finding the outpost, where Dr. Emmett Cole was taken to, abandoned and deserted Tess leads the team minus Jahel & Emilio (who stayed on the boat) into the huge building. Tess is more determined than ever that they must find Emmett and they slowly make their way into the creepy looking building, seemingly devastated by violent struggles and where they hear music. A radio had been left turned on and was playing songs of a station. They then make their way into a huge kitchen where they find blood tracks, and spoiled, rotten food still lay in utensils & a foul stench emanating from the room. They find a huge freezer locker in which around 20 dead rotting bodies are hung with a horde of swarming flies surrounding them. The foul stench is way too much for most of them to bear but Lincoln covers his ears, nose & mouth with a wet handkerchief and checks out to see if his father’s body is among the rotting corpses. Meanwhile AJ finds Kurt trying to contact someone using his satellite phone and sees his walking off to the first floor.

AJ follows him secretly and sees that Kurt dialing a number and hears a phone ringing in the distance. Kurt tracks the phone down to a room where he finds the phone and AJ sees Kurt take out a photo of him and a woman. This woman, Mina, Kurt’s lover was in charge of security for this building, a medical research facility where an experiment, which was searching for a cure for cancer using some less-than-ethical methods, goes horribly wrong causing the people to become violent flesh eating zombies. In a flashback scene we see Kurt about to propose to Mina but she tells him to wait until she comes back from her current assignment. Kurt catches AJ in the act and the two rejoin the rest. Tess must now face up to the fact that Emmett probably died here and they are about to leave when they run into an alive & disheveled Rabbit! Rabbit, somehow survived all this time, and relates how Emmet was brought in and was being treated when the outbreak happened.

The team decide to leave when they run into a few zombies who start lunging at them at the sight of fresh meat. The team barricade themselves in a big office where they see some of the experiments being conducted in a video record. Later the zombies all seem to have gone into a slumber enabling the team to tiptoe past them but Kurt stops to shoot at Mina – although she doesn’t die (as we will find a little later). They reach the roof where a dragonfly leads Lincoln to a room on the terrace in which they find Emmett, wrapped up in a huge amber  cocoon, using his recently found abilities with the dragonfly. As he explains in an old clip from “The Undiscovered Country,” when food is short for dragonflies, they go back into a cocoon to survive. The crew take him out and drag him to the boat, chased by a few zombies who Kurt shoots at. At the boat they are greeted by Sasha who refuses to get into the boat with them, going off into the jungle with a few final barks.

The team sets off in the boat as night falls and Lincoln sets about treating his father and hooking him up with an IV. Kurt chooses this moment to get drunk and tells Clark in German that he is there actually to kill Emmett if he is still alive. Tess tells Rabbit that they will stop at a next town to get Emmett medical help and that she is not to continue with them. Later as Jahel is at the wheel, Rabbit is attacked & killed by a zombie Mina. Mina is in turn killed by Kurt but a couple of more zombies have also made their way onto the boat. They kill off a a couple but one attacks Tess and is about to bite her when it is shot dead by a shotgun wielding Emmett, who then delivers one of the coolest lines ever “So, how was my funeral?”!

A mysterious symbol is also shown in the building, which Tess connects to be the same design of the the locket on a chain that Lincoln wears given to him by Emmett. And it is the same mark on the back of Lena’s neck, which she still hasn’t told anyone about. What is this mysterious symbol and how is this gonna end? Find out one week from now in the season finale.

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