It's a pity the budget constraints are really showing and we were forced into another bottle episode revolving around Jekyll and Hal. I too was hoping that Hal would blow his brains out to provide some shock and awesome, but when they started to drag it out as he fought to do it they had already lost the shock factor and I knew he was going to unfortunately survive.
The best thing about this season is the one thing they don't seem to be able to afford. Doug Jones and his Volm buddies. Jones gave a more intriguing performance in one episode than the rest of the cast has all season. Instead we have to suffer through the tropes and cliches everyone else has to act in. The highlight of this episode was the bar betting. Pope's "another Mason family drama" pool actually seemed to have the writer's acknowledging the show's main weakness and the line "If you see any funny business, take the comedy out of it fast."
would have been a great line if it didn't so accurately represent the tone of the show. I think he's still pissed over the snake incident.
And Lourdes ... a year ago the field medic with no experience. Now? Head of Alien Neurosurgery at Charleston Resistance Medical University. As others mentioned, fairly dumb character progression but hey, at least she's has been learning useful skills in her downtime and now they seem to have more than one person capable of applying a band-aid! Young people today are far more capable with iPads and Volm Medical CAT Scanners from space.
On the upside, the show is leagues better than Under the Dome. At least they wrap their cliches in some style and cover it with alien goo.