Rhys and company return to Helios, but not all is what it seems…
Episode 3 of Tales from the Borderlands left us knowing we would be heading back to Helios in order to recover Gortys’ last piece to find the Vault, as Rhys and his companions are held hostage by Vallory they have to come up with a plan to get back to Helios. They enlist the help of Janey Springs and Scooter, who is beyond creepy towards Fiona. Poor Vasquez who Vallory killed at the beginning of the previous episode makes up part of the plan to infiltrate Helios, but someone has actually ripped his face off and worn it as a mask, those sick Pandorans!
Rhys gets the face back and uses it to change his appearance to look like Vasquez and even has a voice modifier to sound just like him, which is just another great excuse to use Patrick Warburton’s voice once more. It’s damn hilarious trying to see Rhys convince everyone he is Vasquez and at one point the modifier stops working and Rhys tries to do a pretty convincing impression of Vasquez, which is all the more priceless.
They discover that the object they seek is actually in Handsome Jack’s old office, which has become a shrine to the former head of Hyperion, only accessible via a tour that Fiona tries to lead, which leads to some pretty priceless moments as these die hard Jack fans are completely insane. Another stand out moment is when Rhys/Vasquez arrives at Helios only for all the accountants to suddenly attack him with pretend guns using their hands, resulting in an insane imaginary shootout against them all, it makes no sense at all and is just fantastic.
Tales from the Borderlands has always been full of gags from the first episode, but this is one that has a few shock moments too. I won’t spoil them for you, but suffice to say it will leave you reeling and it ends on a cliffhanger that makes the wait for the season finale all the harder. You will be left with a difficult decision to make and I ponder if I did the right thing, the only way I’ll find is out in the next episode.
Overall, Episode 4 steps the series up a considerable notch and leaves us wanting the finale now. It’s full of great stand out moments, both hilarious and emotional. I can’t fault it really, it has everything you could want in an episode which makes it brilliant, but also sad that there’s only one left.