Saroya, Drake's mother, wants nothing to do with a war against the humans. But Trag leader Vega made her an offer she couldn't refuse last night in Episode 9: "Some Consequence Left Hanging in the Stars" — protection for her and Drake against shadiest-of-shady-dudes Castor (Johnathon Schaech), given that Saroya knows a little too much about the secrets Castor has been keeping. In exchange for the safety of her and her son, Saroya, a talented engineer, agreed to build a weapon for Vega and the Trags: a Suvek.
Right at the end of the episode, Teri (Chelsea Gilligan) asks her mama the question on our minds the whole time: What's a Suvek? "The last weapon we'll ever need against the humans," responds Vega. Yikes.
While we'd like to think there's a possibility that, in a super-happy twist, the Suvek is just a human bigotry-destroyer and deploying it will just make everyone get along, that seems highly unlikely. When Vega first approached Saroya to build the Suvek, Saroya strongly refused — and her reasons make the Suvek sound like a major threat to humanity.
Vega tells Saroya that she got her out of the crate — a human prison for Atrians — for an important mission.
"After so many died in the crash, you, Saroya, [are] our most experienced engineer in the sector," explains Vega. "The only reason the humans have the upper hand is because they greatly outnumber us. That is why we need you to build the device to correct this imbalance: the Suvek."
Correcting the imbalance? That doesn't sound good — and given Vega being mega-destructive, we don't think it's a thing that'll turn an appropriate number of humans into Atrians. It sounds like an otherworldly WMD.
"I have no interest in starting a war with the humans," responds Saroya, all but confirming our fears that the Suvek is pretty hyper-dangerous. "I'd rather go back to that hot, dry, cell than help the Trags."
Of course, after a really harrowing encounter with Castor and his men over the Mirzan that shows Saroya is innocent and Castor totally caused the arrival day crash, Saroya has a change of tune — she'll build the device in exchange for the safety of her and Drake. However, this does not guarantee the safety of Roman (Matt Lanter), Castor's nephew, who's now also in on the secret — or his human girlfriend, Emery Whitehill (Aimee Teegarden).
Things aren't looking good for human-Atrian relations — so we can only hope that the experience of working with Emery makes Vega and the rest of the Trags think twice about pressing that button when the time comes.
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