Lucy’s (Eloise Smyth) naiveté lingers in episode 4. Despite a customer leaving her bed agitated and dissatisfied, she still asks Margaret (Samantha Morton) if he is to be her keeper. Shockingly, she believes that to be in the realm of possibility.
Later when she plays cards, Lucy yet again demonstrates her fledgling social skills. Not unlike her time at the Reptons (Tim McInnerny), she attempts to participate in banter and ends up missing the mark. Unfortunately though, to Lord Fallon (Ben Lambert) she sounds enticing. This is, of course, most dangerous given his particular, possibly murderous, sexual preferences.
She becomes increasingly more aware of her weaknesses as a harlot, rather keenly so when she overhears Margaret express concern at the lack of takers. To her credit, Lucy takes some initiative and seeks out Charlotte (Jessica Brown Findlay) for advice. From their conversation though, it’s clear Charlotte didn’t struggle early on to satisfy customers as Lucy has.
It’s hard to tell if Lucy’s bumpy entry into sex work is par for the course or if it veers from the norm. The only other new Harlot whose experiences might provide comparison and insight is Harriet (Pippa Bennett-Warner). Her expert handling of Repton does indeed put Lucy’s amateur fumbling in rather harsh perspective, but we might remember that Harriet is not new to this game. As she says, this is just the first time she’s getting money for it.
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On The Leftovers, faith and abjection are two sides of the same coin. People like Matt Jameson (Christopher Eccleston) and other followers of pre-existing belief systems have tended to attribute divine explanations to the Sudden Departure, while the more nihilistic among the cast have mocked the idea of meaning in such tragedy. As with all loss, some look for any reason to believe it was meaningful, while others are determined to spit in the face of consolation.
And then there’s Kevin. (No, not that one.)
Kevin Garvey Sr. (Scott Glenn) was, until now, the least developed central character on this show. As the ostensible main character’s father, he was a part of the narrative from the very start, but he had always existed on the sidelines. Now, we not only get to get a glimpse of his Australian adventures; we also get to learn a little bit about his past and what makes him tick.
And here’s the thing—Kevin Sr.’s not a likable character. He refuses to believe he’s anything other than the savior of all mankind, and this leads him to degrade Australian Aboriginal customs, alienate Matt and disregard his son, and accidentally kill one of the few people who was willing to help him. As far as heroes go, he’s firmly of the ineffective variety, and he appears to have done more harm than good…thus far.
Faith has clearly played a big role in Kevin Sr.’s decision-making, though not the sort of faith we’re used to seeing on this show. This episode establishes that he doesn’t necessarily care about any sort of divine power. As far as he is concerned, the voices in his head are commanding him to save the world—whether it’s for or from God is beside the point. The mission is to secure a future for humanity, regardless of what the almighty wants.
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I never watched an episode of The X-Files when it originally aired. I did watch every last episode of the short-lived Alien Nation, which only recently I realized was entitled such because aliens who had landed on Earth were being alienated by humans as they all tried to co-exist. So I had my fill of sci-fi tv. Also recently, I started to get back to my geeky roots, embarking into the land of sci-fi and fantasy poetry. The X-Files had been lingering in my Netflix queue for a long time. The time was perfect for me to start watching. Then Netflix stopped streaming it, so I’m now watching on DVD.
Side note: the music for the show either is exactly or sounds exactly like a track from one of the Pure Moods CDs from the 90s.
To get a feel for what’s to come (or what already was what’s to come), this’ll be a fuller recap.
Season 1, Episode 1 has no special title. It’s simply The Pilot, which lacks any kind of intrigue. It’s quickly followed by the opening message that the following story is based on actual events. I don’t know if you’re allowed to have that on a tv show if it’s not true, so let’s say it is, and that’s a freaky way to start a show considering the next thing that happens is a girl runs through the woods in a nightgown, a light, some wind, and a male figure appear, and then, she’s dead.
Continue reading The Truth Is In Here: The X-Files Revisited – Season 1: Pilot