The “Raising” Part
As they raise these children, they encounter dangers from the environment. Father and Mother unearth a giant skull of an animal. They have never seen an animal, but something of this size and with sharp teeth, could be a danger to them all.
One of the little girls wanders away from camp and falls into the pit that Mother and Father crashed into and almost died. She seems to be following someone but we don’t see a person and it is later assumed that she fell into the pit and has died.
The “Wolf” Part
Mother learns about it and mourns her dead by howling like a wolf. Is she the Wolf of Raised by Wolves?
Their efforts begin to fail and in less than 10 years, all but two children are dead. Spiria and Campion remain, but Spiria is deathly sick. Campion appears to be mildly sick, but doesn’t show as much symptoms as Spiria.
This scene is pivotal to understanding the perspective of Mother, who is dedicated to Atheistic philosophy and her understanding of the Mithraic beliefs, which it seems that Campion is sympathetic to. Campion is at a loss for the deaths of each child, not knowing why they are dying has turned him to believe in something he cannot see.
What he can see with his eyes, he can’t comprehend, so he turns to what he cannot see to give him some hope.
Mother reiterates to Campion the hope that can be found in atheism, even as she holds the dying, Spiria in arms.
Mother: The civilization you’re seeing here will be built on humanity’s belief in itself, not an imagined deity.
Campion: And if it’s not imaginary? They [the Mithraic] won the war after all. What if praying will make Spiria better?
Mother: No, Campion. Only science can do that.
Campion: It didn’t help the others.
Mother: Because we have more to learn. We will never advance unless you resist the urge to seek solace in fantasy.
Campion looks at her and then looks down to the ground.
Mother: You are atheists. Peaceful, technocratic. It is the only way to progress…
Mother is interrupted by Spiria’s harsh coughing, reminding Mother that Spiria will soon be dead. Mother looks at her seemingly coming our of her happy trances like speech. She looks at Campion and her face changes to sadness and looks down as she says to Spiria:
Mother: Now Spiria, [Mother smiles again] Can you please list the ways in which the number five relates to all manifestations of life?
Mother smiles, while looking at Spiria and the camera cuts to Campion looking at mother, then he looks to the floor.
Atheists’ have Belief
Raise by Wolves does a great job of highlighting some of the troubling issues with an atheistic philosophy. Science cannot prove everything because everything can’t be examined, tested and reproduced in an experiment. A lot of science must be taken by faith.
For Campion, as a human, he has a natural tendency to believe that there is someone or something greater than himself and even though he doesn’t see it or can touch it, he can feel it in his soul. The two robots, disguised by flesh cannot not.
To them, it doesn’t make any sense because technology has so much power to change humanity, yet, humanity remains unchanged.
It’s true that the external parts of humanity, like transportation, energy creation and more and more powerful technology, have changed. But internally, people are still doing what is wrong and doing what seems to be against their own best self-interest.
Campion, feels powerless as he loses his siblings and reaches out to an “invisible and powerful being” that he’s only ever heard of through the atheistic filter of his robotic Mother and Father.
After this scene with Mother and Campion, Father is outside and sees an object in the atmosphere of the planet. It’s very far away and barely visible, but he can see it and knows what it is. It is the Ark, a space craft launched from earth, one of the last survivors of humanity and totally inhabited by the Mithraic people, Campions people.
The “by” Part
Spiria is dead and they gather over her fresh grave, only Mother, Father and Campion remain. This is the second time we hear Mother sing or vocalize. The first time, here song and tears, brought Campion back to life. But now, there will be no more resurrection, only a faint promise by a cough, that Campion will soon be buried alongside the other 8 children (one child fell into the pit and the body was never recovered).
Mother comforts Campion, and a white liquid falls from her nose. Father offers to help her but she rejects his helps and leaves.
In a structure they built, Campion silently prays. He doesn’t know much about it, but he does know that he doesn’t want to die. Father catches him and warns him not to let mother catch him.
Episode one escalates as Father logically reasons that Campion will be better off being under the care of the Mithraic people on the Ark. Mother disagrees and he secretly attempts to go into the pit where their spacecraft sits on a ledge, with hopes of contacting the Ark.
Campion stealthily follows and catches him about to descend. Campion asks, Why?
Father: So that when Mother and I are gone, you will be taken care of.
Campion: But they are our enemies.
Father: They are all that’s left of mankind, Campion, your kind. The war is over.
Father: You will have to pretend to prescribe to their beliefs.
Father fails to contact the Ark and returns back to the surface.
At this point, it is revealed that there is something even more different about mother. Alone, she begins to levitate off of the ground and her body transforms into a bronze, muscular body with her hair in cornrow braids. We see her back on what appears to be earth as she flies above a city and there is a battle happening.
Mother is revealed to be malfunctioning and as Father tries to assist her, they struggle as Father wants to contact the Ark to give up Campion. Mother cannot give up her only surviving child and fights with Father and severely damages him. It looks like she took out his heart, but it is unclear if he is dead, or only mostly dead.
Campion sneaks to the spacecraft in the pit and activates the ship by mistake sending a message to the Ark, then, after he narrowly escapes, the spacecraft falls off of the ridge and disappears into the hole and explodes.
The Last “Wolf” Part
This next scene ties to the name of the Series. Mother is alone and she is acting like a wolf again. She finds bones in the ground and then proceeds to dig up as many bones as she can find like a wolf would do. There are lots of bones, and they mostly resemble dinosaurs. They have large bodies and sharp teeth. This isn’t the first time they’ve seen bones, but now, this looks like a graveyard.
Campion finds her asleep from exhaustion and lays next to her and holds her tight as Campion falls asleep.