Puzzle Man
S3 episode 2 Aired on May 9, 2018

The game is changing for all the players as they’re spread across the globe. We see what Broussard (Tory Kittles) has been up to since deciding to stay behind in the L.A. Bloc, and the Bowmans finally meet Noa’s Resistance fighter friends -- but it’s unclear if that’s entirely a good thing. Meanwhile, the game is changing on a global scale as a hostile force makes a bold strike against the hosts.

The Factory is closed -- permanently

Governor General Helena Goldwyn (Ally Walker) is awoken from her comfortable bed in the middle of the night and summoned to Global Authority headquarters. Numerous bogies entered the host’s incomplete defense grid. Some made it through the atmosphere into San Bernardino. They were targeting the Factory. It was completely destroyed; there were no survivors. Helena offers up the labor force from her region to take the place of the moon’s slave labor. But the real problem is that the attack ships were just the first wave; they are sure there are more coming. The hosts thought they had years to prepare, but they were wrong.

No man is an island, except maybe Broussard

Broussard is alone in what appears to be a totally empty Los Angeles. He collects shredded office papers from the former Transitional Authority headquarters and then painstakingly glues them back together, hoping for a lead. He turns on his radio at the prescribed time and registers an "All clear" with the woman on the other end. He engages in a little Sleepless in Seattle-style radio chatter with the woman on the other end, but they keep it brief for safety’s sake.

The Bowmans take a ride of faith to meet the Resistance

On the run, the Bowmans arrive at the location given to them by the Resistance over the radio. It’s an exposed bridge with hardly any view of who’s coming or a way to set up a defensive position. Will (Josh Holloway) doesn’t like the arrangement, but has to admit they’re low on options. As they wait for the Resistance to show up, Snyder (Peter Jacobson) reviews his "Uncle Alan" cover story with Gracie (Isabella Crovetti) and Charlie (Jacob Buster). Finally, the Resistance woman arrives. After they show her the Gauntlet, she takes them to a train track, telling them they have 60 seconds to get on board. They only have moments to think about it before they have to hop on, with no idea where they’re going on how long it’ll take. The woman slams the door shut, promising: "They'll find you."

Broussard is running an Underground Railroad out of the Bloc

One day out on a trip out in the deserted Bloc to forage for supplies, Broussard hears a noise in a house and comes upon a woman and her young son. They stayed behind with her husband but he was killed recently by one of the ever-present drones roaming the skies. Broussard tells the woman he can get her into the San Fernando Bloc; he has helped others. She wants out of the colony entirely but Broussard points out it’s not safe for kids out there. The trade off in the San Fernando Bloc is that it’s full of Greatest Day true believers. Broussard suggest faking a little religion is a fair trade for safety. She’s skeptical but agrees to let Broussard help her. He takes her to a house with a secret tunnel underneath and hands them off to an unseen person at the other end.

Destination Anywhere: The Bowman’s long ride

The train ride to meet the Resistance lasts hours. The Bowmans are shut up inside with no way to know where they’re going or when they’ll get there. Snyder is anxious. "This is a terrible idea... Because people getting carted on freight trains never ends badly," he says. "We need to get to the camp," Bram argues. That doesn’t help. Snyder urges the Bowmans to leave the Gauntlet on board and bail. It almost sounds like a warning.

Drama greets the Bowmans in the Resistance camp

The train finally reaches its destination, somewhere else in the woods. They’re greeted by Resistance fighters -- including Vincent (Waleed Zuaiter) -- who are eager to finally have the Gauntlet. After their long ride, it’s time for a hike. Will asks about the special operator who did a stint in Kandahar, the one Broussard knew, but he’s told the man died in a raid gone bad. As they creep through the forest, Snyder can’t help by want to protect Gracie, even as he silently plots to betray her and her family. Vincent warns Will that the camp can be "political" and he should watch himself. They’re greeted by a welcoming committee that wants to check them for electronics. Snyder nervously fingers the Occupation locator he’s hiding then stashes it in the dirt off the trail. The Bowmans finally reach the camp, which has dozens of occupants, watchtowers, and buildings built out of hangars. Vincent appears to have disobeyed orders in meeting them. They’re greeted by a power play as Vincent wants to turn over the Gauntlet to the unseen boss himself, but isn’t allowed in to see him.

Sometimes the easiest answer is the best

Broussard gets back to work on his puzzles but is interrupted by a woman late at night. She says she’s the dispatcher he’s been talking to and their team was ambushed. She stitches up the gash on her arm and tells him of her plans to head to the resistance camp up north. Broussard invites her stay and help him work on his puzzles. He’s found the plan for L.A. post-rendition; they want to use L.A. to build a bioweapon. The first step will be to repopulate the Bloc. She tells him that’s already happening in Seattle. She wants his help to get his intel to the right people. He takes her to the wall and describes his bold plan to pretty much just walk right through a deserted gateway checkpoint. They check for drones and stroll right through to the other side of the wall.