Paul Santino is one of the passengers of Flight 828 whose wife did not show up at the airport, and subsequently went missing with ten other passengers who received experimental treatments at the Red Barn and Red Hook Warehouse by the Singular Project.
Played by Kerry Malloy (IMDb.com)
Paul first appears in episode 110 when Michaela receives a calling after she tugs on the shirt of Paul Santino. It is unlike any of the others. She sees a blizzard and hears “Find Her!” Paul then wakes up from his comatose state and does not remember his name or that he is married to Helen Doyle (110.7)
According to his wife, Paul was abusive. He would tell her that she needed to be a better wife, and that no matter what she did, she was not good enough (110.17)
Michaela loses control of her emotions with Paul Santino calling him a monster who beats his wife. Saanvi intervenes telling Michaela to stop it. Paul who does not remember anytthing is dumbfounded (110.22).
Is it fair to punish someone for a crime they have no memory of perpetrating?
It is interesting that Paul can’t remember his previous life. It is a positive thing as he was an abusive husband, but it is the other side of the coin from Ben and Grace who lost their previous lives but remember everything that has happened. It is reminiscent of the Black Mirror Episode “White Bear” that asks if it is fair to punish someone for a crime they have no memory of perpetrating?
SOURCE: Tracy Palmer (signalhorizon.com)
A really well-done twist!
The story of Paul Santino gives us a possibility we might not have even thought of: what if someone who lost a family member to the disappearance of Flight 828 didn’t want them back? The mystery of Helen not showing up at the hangar to retrieve her husband (110.7) was deepened by the abandoned milk carton that expired days after the plane returned (110.15), making us initially think she must be a victim of the government conspiracy. But paradoxically, the more mundane answer was much more interesting and unexpected. She feared death at the hands of a husband who doesn’t even remember being abusive, and guess what? Memory loss and a supernatural event don’t assuage him of that guilt despite what questions may initially arise in the viewer’s mind. A really well-done twist!
SOURCE: Michael Ahr (denofgeek.com)