Sunday, May 29, 2022

‘Naomi’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 2 “Unidentified Flying Object”

As Naomi researches the mysterious UFO crash that happened on the day she was adopted, her romantic prospects collide while her new powers rise to the surface. Read on to find out what happened on Naomi as she searches for an “Unidentified Flying Object”!

Crash Landing

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We pick up right where we left off in the pilot episode in Dee’s garage. He informs Naomi that while he’s not sure exactly who Naomi is, he knows she’s not from this Earth. On March 14, 2004, a UFO crashed in Port Oswego, and Dee sensed Naomi’s presence. Dee reveals he’s from Thanagar and that his wings are made from a special metal found on that planet. Naomi asks why he didn’t tell her sooner, and he shares that since Naomi’s abilities were dormant and she seemed happy, he didn’t want to disturb her. He sends her home, wanting her to rest before her life changes forever.

The next day, the two meet on a bridge outside town. Dee quite literally wants Naomi to jump off the bridge. He says this will prove to her that she is an alien: she won’t hit the ground, levitating above it instead. He points out she’s never been injured in her life, a revelation that stuns Naomi. Dee wants Naomi to be able to know about her powers to keep her safe, noting that he can’t be the only alien who’s sensed her powers develop. Dee slips in that Superman is real and that Dee knows him from a long ago war. It’s this detail that causes Naomi to go full panic mode and tell Dee that he must be making it all up. Dee simply launches himself over the edge, slowly rising on the strength of his wings, in order to prove his point: Naomi is who she is, whether she wants to be or not.

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After her adventure at the mill, Naomi goes back to Dee’s garage. She asks why he’s helping her, and Dee tells her he knows what it’s like to be different and not know why. She’s a bit more excited, and he picks up on her energy, telling her it is pretty “cool.” She wants to meet Superman, and thanks Dee for telling her the truth. She wants his help to learn to control her powers. On the bridge, “I am not a woman, I’m a god” by Halsey plays as Naomi leaps off. True to Dee’s prediction, she flies.

Parental Units

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Naomi interrogates her parents about the circumstances of her adoption, wanting to know exactly how her birth parents died. They both hedge, telling her they’ve never been sure since it was a closed adoption, but both are supportive of her quest to find more information (or they’re at least pretending to be). Naomi’s father reassures her that they love her and will be there for her no matter what.

Greg is called into a meeting with his boss Commander Steel, who informs Greg that the military is currently investigating the Superman incident. They don’t believe that Dee really planned it, finding a scrap of red fabric near the Red River Forest landing site that is indestructible. His boss tells Greg to find out why Dee lied and what really happened.

When Greg comes home, he shares with Jennifer that the number Dee gave for the actor he supposedly hired is a dead end. Greg tells Jennifer that he doesn’t think Dee is a threat but that he’s definitely hiding something, proving that both he and Jennifer know more about Naomi’s origins than they’re telling. Steel offers him a place on the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF), officially confirming to Greg that the military thinks Superman and aliens are real — and on Earth.

Life in the Friendzone

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At school, Anthony adorably brings Naomi a coffee and tells her it was fun hanging out with her (despite, you know, the break in). He asks her on a date as a distracted Naomi says yes, and he is thrilled.

Later, when Annabelle asks Naomi what she’s planning on wearing to her date with Anthony, Naomi insists that they have pizza all the time and that it’s not a date. Both Jacob and Annabelle are skeptical (poor Anthony!), with Annabelle noting that she feels “so much internal cringe, babe.”

Anthony helps Jennifer make pizza in the kitchen as Naomi arrives after her heart to heart with Annabelle. Anthony tells her if the UFO hunt is important to Naomi, it’s important to him. Nathan arrives to work on he and Naomi’s class project, making both Anthony and Nathan defensive. Anthony wants Naomi to feel like she can talk to him, even if they’re not together.

After Lourdes drops off the crew, Naomi goes to Anthony. He playfully asks about the pizza date, and his face falls when she admits she didn’t know he wanted to get pizza “like that.” She says she has a lot going on and wants to stay friends for now, noting that, “I’m not saying no, Anthony, I’m just saying not right now.” Looking for any scrap of hope he can find, he reassures Naomi that, “I can live with that.”

Into the Woods

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In light of Dee’s revelations, Naomi invites Annabelle over to strategize. Naomi wants to find the original UFO crash site, thinking it would give her answers. She babbles about how it was probably a military drone, but Annabelle immediately points out that it’s way too coincidental that the UFO landed the day Naomi was adopted. Annabelle calls Jacob for help since he has a barely-working vehicle (emphasis on “barely”), and the three head off to Naomi’s proposed site at Falls Creek.

Jacob, it turns out, is a true believer in UFOs and even has a kit to find them. They scan the area for clues, with Naomi’s heightened senses leading the way. They overwhelm her, and she is forced to tell Annabelle what Dee told her. Annabelle is thrilled that she might know a real superhero. Naomi and Annabelle debate whether or not this news is welcome under the guise of talking about Greek gods as a confused Nathan listens in.

Naomi, Annabelle, Jacob, and Anthony assemble to look at the photos the trio took at the crash site. Anthony shares the story of Steve O’Brien, an urban legend. Steve supposedly went into the woods to find the crash site, but “weird” things started happening. Steve never talked about the incident again and still lives in Port Oswego.

They find Steve, who knows Anthony’s father. Steve doesn’t initially want to talk about what happened, saying he just wants to be normal. Naomi gently pushes, and he opens up. Like Naomi, Steve was skateboarding through the town square when he saw the UFO. He and his friends tried to find the crash site, but he was overwhelmed by heightened senses and voices surrounding him. They got close to the mill where the object crashed, but after hearing a screech and being surrounded by light, Steve ended up back at his car with no memory of how he got there. Steve also shares that the crash site wasn’t Falls Creek — they’ve been looking in the wrong place.

Naomi wants to solve the mystery right away, but the others admit they have a lot of homework to catch up on. Annabelle goes to comfort a frustrated Naomi, who laments that her whole life she has felt different and now she may be a literal alien. She just wants to be normal, but Annabelle tells her she is exceptional regardless of her human status.

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Anthony, Jacob, Nathan, and Annabelle accompany Naomi to the mill. Jacob’s car breaks down, and naturally, Lourdes is called in to assist, putting all three of Naomi’s love interests together. Inside the mill, they find strange symbols written all over the walls. Naomi recognizes them as the same markings that are on the disc before she hears Zumbado arrive. He asks to speak with Naomi alone, something her friends aren’t willing to do, but Naomi tells them to leave so they can be safe.

Naomi asks what he wants, and Zumbado tells her he just wants her to stop investigating. Debris begins to circle Naomi, which Zumbado says is impressive. He knocks her off her feet before telling her not to “mess around” in things she doesn’t understand. Naomi runs back to her friends.

Naomi airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW. You can find out other coverage of the series here.

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