The Fosters “Potential Energy” Review (Season 4, Episode 1)


It was quite a powerful season premiere of The Fosters last night on FreeForm, centering on Nick Stratos, the current, but very unstable, boyfriend of Mariana Adams Foster, who – after he saw Mariana kiss her former boyfriend Mat – not only burned down the Romeo and Juliet stage set (inside his father’s warehouse) but also brought a gun to school that eventually forced a lockdown of the school.

This led to an intense hour of programming with all of the kids herded into classrooms that were boarded up with tables, desks and chairs while the police held back frantic parents outside. It wasn’t until S.W.A.T. was brought in that the kids were eventually led out room-by-room and the school was declared to be clear of any danger.

Unfortunately it was revealed at the end of the episode that the danger – that would be the aforementioned unstable Nick – was actually at the Adams Foster residence. This development will assuredly led to even more intense moments in the next episode that will have dire ramifications for the family.

‘The Fosters’ has never been afraid to shy away from controversial topics, but given what recently happened in Orlando, Florida (which was actually briefly addressed by cast members Cierra Ramirez and Sherri Saum) the main storyline of the season premiere took on even more resonance.

The “B” story of the episode focused on Callie coming clean to Stef and Lena about her having sex with Brandon before she was officially adopted by the Adams Foster family. But before the moms and Callie got a chance to discuss this latest, unsettling development in their family, the panic at Anchor Beach launched. Much like having to eventually deal with unstable Nick, the family will have to deal with this as well. I have to wonder given all that this family has gone through over the past three seasons, how this will work itself out. It’s not going to be easy that’s for sure. Let’s just hope that Callie doesn’t run away like she has done in the past.

What is even more disturbing – if that is even possible given that Nick brought a gun to the school – is that the substitute teacher who Callie and Brandon had to deal with while being secured inside one of the classrooms – pulled a gun (and fired it) when S.W.A.T. broke through the barricaded door. What the hell was he thinking? Wasn’t it bad enough that they were already under a “Code Blue” with the threat of an armed person being on the school grounds?

What are your thoughts on last night’s season premiere? What did you think of the way the police and S.W.A.T. were depicted in handling the crisis? Did you think it was necessary for the substitute teacher to have a gun too or was that just over the top? What do you think will happen now that the moms know the truth about Brandon and Callie? How did you think the problem with Nick will play itself out? Please share your thoughts in our comments section below.

The next new episode of the fourth season of ‘The Fosters’ will air on FreeForm on Monday, June 27 at 8/7c.