I'm surprised you both find it notable since... Spoiler ...we know it was actually Ishmael. I thought it made sense within the show to have this "Dark One" be a bit... underwhelming, since he will at some point be revealed to be a poseur. The real thing will be all the more climactic. Yet again, I agree with you both over all; I felt this would have worked better as two-part or double length episode, which would have allowed it to have a bit more coherence. ETA: And Merry Christmas to all! I'm still waiting for everyone to wake up.