Miss previous episodes of The Cleansed? Haven’t listened in a while and need to brush up? Recap the story thus far with this quick primer for Season 2.
The story thus far:
Previously On The Cleansed...
Fifteen Years have passed since a man-made apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it [Clip from Pilot]
Luke and Maria, two youths from an off-grid outpost called The Refuge, in rural Maine, are pulled into a grand adventure when John Prophet appears [Clip from Ep1]
Prophet claims an insidious force, called the Republic, has set up a totalitarian regime in the ashes of old New York, and plans to now conquer the rest of the world with their remnants of pre-collapse military might. [another clip]
No one believes him at first, but when a Republic fighter jet attacks them, the rival factions of The Refuge and The Dwellers unite behind Prophet's mission. Prophet, Luke, and Maria set off to stop the Republic, joined by survivalist youth Marc [clip] Marc's mother, Caitlin, a healer [Caitlin] and Maria's mother, Sam, a tough ex-Army staff sergeant [clip]
They set off downriver to face the Republic, but what is happening in New York is more menacing than even Prophet imagined
A so-called 'Wolf of Abaddon,' Saul, has assassinated the leaders of the Republic and assumed control for himself.[clip with Saul]
Saul is ruthless and will kill anyone who gets in the way of his rise to power. Saul's only antagonist is Paul, who claims he is Jesus reborn, and has a group of fervent Believers who will fight and die for him. [clip with Paul]
We see this coming battle forming through the eyes of ordinary people who have been roped into the warring factions. A working man, Lucian has joined with the believers [clip with Lucian] Lucian bonds with a kid of streets, Amos [clip with Amos] ; on the side of the Wolves is Zeke, a boy who used to follow John, but who now is Saul's disciple [Zeke and Saul]
The heart of Saul’s power is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier called “The Citadel,” which has been converted to produce electricity instead of locomotion. By providing electricity to the residents of Corinth, he provides safety and security at the expense of freedom. But Saul’s stock of nuclear fuel is waning, and he will soon need another warhead. The Citadel’s engineer is a scientist named Abraham, whom John Prophet helped escape to the old city of Boston. Abraham is now in the care of a group of gangsters called “the Family.” Without Abraham, the only known nuclear core has been hidden away in the sewers, or “Soup” of Corinth. Both old Boston – now called Borderton – and the “Soup” of Corinth will be center-stage in this new struggle for energy.