INTRUDERS – Episodes 1 & 2 – SPOILERS
Madison reads from a book with a large 9 on the cover; the book designed to be
a guide for her in her new existence.
“There is a lie they tell, a lie that is believed for the sake of control, that life, a single life, is to be lived in quiet terror because all they have seen is that death awaits them. Death awaits us all. People believe, because they have been told, that death is what God has designed; that God is a punishing god who hates us, destroys us. People believe death to be his final punishment at the end of our short spans of bloody sorrow. That this book is in your hands proves that death is not punishment; that no such thing exists.”
By the end of Episode 2, young Madison O’Donnell has persuaded (bribed?) Karen (Rukiya Bernard) to drive her to Seattle from Portland. Madison is, at least in the first two episodes, the central character of INTRUDERS. She’s played by Millie Bobby Brown, who also was the young Alice in the ill-conceived ONCE UPON A TIME spinoff OUAT IN WONDERLAND. This is a much better role for her, and she delivers a great performance.
Conspiracy theorists (writer Glen Morgan wrote fifteen X-FILES episodes and the LONE GUNMEN pilot) have stopped looking for extra-terrestrials. A much more dire threat is at hand. A group calling itself Qui Reverti (latin for ‘He Came Back’) has learned to control reincarnation by displacing souls from people who have not yet died. It seems that this must be done on the subject’s birthday (perhaps at the age that corresponds to when the Indruder died?) and there is some connection with the number 9 which almost certainly is not age-related. Men in black show up just before the “intrusion” and give the soon-to-be-host (who are not as surprised by this as one might expect) informative literature, and sometimes bus tickets. For reasons as yet inexplicable, the men in black kill people, or sometimes just threaten to kill people.
One person from Qui Reverti has apparently gone renegade and is shooting people that work for the secret society, while at the same time looking for recently occupied hosts.
Amy Whelan, an ex-cop’s wife played by Mira Sorvino, gets intruded upon by someone who was a member of the Czar’s police at the end of the 19th century. She wakes up from a dream speaking Russian, much to her husband’s puzzlement. Interestingly, her taste in music changes (from what we know not) to American jazz, which might indicate that the ex-Czarist survived the revolution and ended up in the US.
Either reincarnation is a basic premise of the show, or technology has been developed that can transfer consciousness from a dying person to another living one. Don’t know which yet. Another
unknown is what exactly happens to the ‘soul’ that originally occupied the host body. It should be interesting to find out.
On the road to Seattle, Madison reads silently from her book.
“We do not die, but we can return. The few, the very few, those who possess the will and strength and purpose. The self-chosen ones. Qui Reverti. This book will guide you through the prison doors back to freedom. Welcome back Reverti. Welcome back again.”
NOTE: – The two main female host characters are named Amy and Madison respectively. Amy Madison was a character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer who was also a witch and turned herself into a rat, not realizing that once she was a rat she could not reverse the spell.
INTRUDERS airs on BBCAmerica Saturdays at 10pm (eastern), immediately after Dr. Who.