Spoilers ahead for Episode 10 of Debris Season 1, called "I Am Icarus."
Debris had a doozy of a cliffhanger to pick up on with "I Am Icarus" as the second half of a two-part Groundhog Day-esque plot with some very sci-fi twists for Riann Steele's Finola and Jonathan Tucker's Bryan. While last week's episode focused primarily on the show's main Bryan trying to get back to his version of Finola, "I Am Icarus" switched to largely focus on a version of Finola working with Bryan to set things right. The result was an episode that showcased the connection between Bryan and Finola, added some more twists to the already-twisty Debris plot, and delved deeper into the importance of George Jones, a.k.a. Finola's dad. Riann Steele spoke with CinemaBlend to untwist some of those twists.
Finola had to make a lot of leaps of faith in "I Am Icarus," as the universe was running out of resets before everything fell apart. She and Kathleen did need a few tries to get a handle on things and make contact with Bryan and Shelby in their reality, and it wouldn't have happened if Finola hadn't decided to trust her instincts about Kathleen, the debris situation, and the mysterious man who claimed that he knew a version of her, rather than follow protocol. The fate of the universe came down to four people, writing messages to each other through the windows into other realities.
Those scenes of Finola and Kathleen communicating with Bryan and Shelby packed a lot of the emotional weight of the episode, and Finola especially was juggling a lot as she processed what she was being told and with the prospect of talking to a living version of her dad, since the George in her reality was already dead. Riann Steele weighed in on bringing that emotion to the scenes that required nonverbal communication with Jonathan Tucker's Bryan:
For as much as "I Am Icarus" and the previous episode served as a two-parter that was larger and more intricate than anything Debris delivered before, it was still the Debris that viewers have been watching over the past few months and the kind of case that the original Bryan and Finola have investigated together time and again. But it was very much a different emotional situation, not least because the primary Finola in this episode wasn't the usual Finola! Riann Steele elaborated on the scenes shared between realities:
For as much emotional weight as the scenes between realities packed in an episode with sky-high stakes, the process of filming four characters split between two versions of the universe was actually straightforward. With all four characters in the same location in their respective realities, the task of selling the separation fell to the actors before the special effects could be added. When asked if she and the other actors were filming in the same room and miming the silent communication, Riann Steele shared:
This two-parter was notable not just for putting the universe at risk by visiting reality after reality, but also for Bryan's realization of how much his partnership with Finola means to him. Jonathan Tucker previously shared with CinemaBlend how much the loss of his version of Finola informed his realization at the end of Episode 9, and the Finola who was central to Episode 10 wasn't the familiar Finola. Riann Steele previewed when viewers will get to see Finola's realization of how important Bryan is to her, and the wait won't be too much longer:
A "pivotal" episode is on the way to not only shed more light on Bryan's backstory, but also show more of his importance to Finola. Considering neither character remembers what happened in the other realities of the two-parter, it should be interesting to see their interactions moving forward. Not everything that happened was undone, after all!
For as much as these episodes emphasized Finola and Bryan's bond, however, they also illustrated their differences. Different versions of Bryan varied wildly, with one described as a war criminal without any sign that he had come back from it, while the versions of Finola were more or less consistent, and Riann Steele shared what that says about Finola as a character:
Fortunately for the main Finola – from a character perspective, at least – her father is still alive in her reality that has now been restored, although he's certainly not the man he once was after everything he went through and was put through. It remains to be seen how much trouble he becomes for her and Bryan, but hopefully Finola won't have to deal with losing him yet again anytime soon.
Find out what happens next for Finola and Bryan with the next new episode of Debris, called "Asalah" on Monday, May 10 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC. If you've fallen behind on Debris or just want to relive some of Season 1 to this point, you can find episodes streaming on Peacock (opens in new tab) now.
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Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.
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