The bananas show that is t h e w h i s p e r s taught us two things tonight: First, that Drill possessed Cassandra, the president’s daughter, and had her transmit a signal via a bloodcurdling banshee scream in the middle of the White House during a live press conference. And second, that in the real world, the MVP of this bonkers series isn’t any of the adults: It’s Kylie Rogers, who plays Minx. Just look at everything she has to do in this penultimate episode: She’s scared, she’s devilish, and she’s able to make you question your own assumptions about Drill’s identity. (Halfway through tonight’s episode, I was ready to dismiss my conclusions last week that Drill hadn’t possessed Minx, and that’s all because of Rogers’ performance. I doubt I was the only one.)
After all, “Traveller in the Dark” focused most of its attention on Minx and Wes by bookending the Drill-running-amok action with two heartfelt flashbacks. The first showed a young—rather, slightly younger—Minx crying for her father after a bad dream, and Wes teaching her “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” to remind her she’s safe. The scene’s super-cute and super-effective, considering the next shot shows Wes scrambling to protect his daughter from Frommer and the president. Both are convinced Minx is Drill, because those children who pointed at Minx in the last episode can’t all be lying, right? Minx has to be Drill-as-Minx, right?
Wes isn’t sure, so he predictably goes to Claire for help. (Adults: predictable 12 episodes in. Aliens: not so much.) She tries to interview Minx (who’s now strapped to a cot in a dingy cell), but Minx refuses to prove she’s not Drill because she realizes that no matter what she does, she’ll still look suspicious after having worked with Drill for so long. Claire then tries Henry, who says Minx definitely grabbed Cassandra, and Silas, who says he saw Minx kill Dr. Benavidez. With a sample size of three, Claire is ready to confirm Drill’s possession of Minx. She, along with Wes and Frommer, revisit the activity log on Dr. Benavidez’s laptop and find that a note the doctor had been working on was erased shortly after her death. The modified file is about Minx (real name: Millicent, because Lena and Wes just gave up on modern baby names), so the adults are convinced this is proof of Drill-as-Minx covering his tracks. The revelation leaves Wes reeling… while Claire stares at a mirror.
Of course, Wes isn’t finished. He visits Minx himself and talks to her about not being afraid. It would be another adorable scene between them if it weren’t for the fact that he’s testing her to see if she remembers the words to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”—and she, being one smart Millicent Lawrence, knows exactly what he’s trying to do. “I can’t think of the words right now, my brain’s fuzzy,” she pleads. “You’re my dad. You’re supposed to believe me.” Instead of thinking about how his daughter could be under a ton of pressure and can’t recall the words to a poem she learned as a little girl, Wes leaves Minx alone in her cell.
Without anyone on her side, Minx tries to reach out to a friend (a Drill-like move…) and calls out to Henry through the wall. (Does this mean she heard his conversation with Claire earlier? Are all of the kids in individual cells? What is the setup of this site in the first place?) She tries to have Henry tell Claire she’s not Drill, but Henry can’t do anything. Instead, Wes is the one trying a final time—he takes Claire aside to beg for Minx’s life again and again, just as army trucks drive into the compound, carrying… what?
Frommer knows the answer. He tells the president they can finally use “the weapon” to destroy Drill by destroying Minx. All they have to do is get Minx ready. Inside, Minx gets strapped down, and Frommer heartlessly directs the soldiers to ready the weapon.
NEXT: Drill wins the game