GHOST WARS – Season 1 Episode 3 – SPOILERS
We meet the Jones half of Kowalski-Jones, Karla‘s husband Paolo (Andrew Moxham). Paolo and Karla are having difficulty getting pregnant (a difficulty that predates the ghost invasion) and apparently the couple are trying all sorts of folk remedies to solve the problem, and avoiding seeing a doctor about it. They are uncertain which of them might be infertile. Karla is very insecure about her marriage, likely because she is a bartender and her husband is a research physicist. She has no reason to be. Paolo is completely committed to her.
Paolo tells Landis about a strange nightmare he had in which Karla was impregnated by a plant monster. One of the first victims of the super-collider crash tells Landis he is seeing vampire moths in large numbers (he hates bugs), and Landis says they must have escaped from the biology department. It seems a bit incongruous for Lamda to be into biology. Might the company be a subsidiary of a larger bio-engineering firm? Could Lambda be creating and studying mutated crops? Before he kills himself, the moth-seeing guy alleges that the collider was built on an electron diffusion point (X-point). The problem with that assertion (the main problem anyway) is that such diffusion points are not found at fixed locations.
Port Moore has a Starbucks-like coffee shop, but the barista (Arielle Tuliao) is unfamiliar with how to make a flat white and Landis needs to explain it to her. This barista is new (Landis must have ordered the drink before), and it is strange that she should begin work there the day of the disaster.
Burke (Alex Carter), the local head of Lambda, dies in a way completely different from other victims. He imagines himself dead, drowned in a room full of non-existent water. And the character does not seem to have been a terribly imaginative person.
Dr. Barker is a proponent of supersymmetry, a school of thought that postulates that every particle has a mate somewhere. It’s a bit like the idea that every person has a soulmate, but for sub-atomic stuff. She once co-published an overly-ambitious paper on the subject when she was at MIT that purported to be much more than it actually was, and this caused her to end up working in a remote corner of Alaska on what is beginning to seem like a very dangerous (and still undefined) project.
The company is relying on land lines and cell phones for communication with head office in Seattle. In Alaska, satellite phones would be much more reliable, yet none are mentioned. They might not work under these circumstances either, but they would under most conditions. And we still don’t know what exactly it is that Billy smuggles into Alaska for them. Is his cargo for the biology department? Does it consist of experimental subjects?
After Burke’s death, Dr. Barker is in charge of things at Lambda and orders Paolo not to tell the townspeople that they have found a way of controlling the visions. (The visions retreat from the electrical field generated by power lines.) If the townies find out that she withheld that information, they’ll soon be coming after her with pitchforks and torches.
Sonja Bennett (Karla) is Cory in KAYAK TO KLEMTU, the story of Ella (Ta’kaiya Blaney), a fourteen-year-old girl who is determined to travel the length of the Inside Passage by kayak so that she can testify effectively against a proposed pipeline. Wildlife and the weather present difficulties, but the greatest challenge is that she must bring her dysfunctional family with her. (Days after principal photography wrapped, a tug boat ran aground near Director Zoe Hopkins’ home community of Bella Bella, BC, where several important scenes in the film were shot. Over 100,000 liters of diesel and heavy fuels were spilled into the clam beds there.) KAYAK TO KLEMTU had its premiere at the 2017 imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, where it won the Audience Choice Award.
Veena Sood (ghostly woman in red) will be Martha Harter in the fantasy drama THE WOMEN OF MARWEN, based on Jeff Malmberg’s documentary Marwencol, about Mark Hogancamp. who in 2010 had been violently assaulted outside of a local bar and was left with permanent brain damage and almost complete memory loss following a nine-day coma. Unable to afford conventional rehabilitation, his family used a different kind of therapy that involved exploration of the subject’s imagination. This included the creation of Marwencol, a 1/6 scale World War II-era Belgian town which Hogancamp began populating with characters from his own life. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, THE WOMEN OF MARWEN will be released in the US on 21 November 2018 and in the UK on 11 January 2019.
Kwesi Ameyaw (Cam Ellis) will be Edward Michaels in the biographical crime drama THE LOST WIFE OF ROBERT DURST, in which a young woman named Kathie (Katharine McPhee) falls in love with the charming and quirky Robert Durst (Daniel Gillies). They marry, but their relationship turns stranger, darker and more disturbing as time passes. When Kathie disappears in 1982, her family and friends become concerned that her disappearance isn’t taken seriously by police. (The reclusive Durst was also the subject of a controversial 2015 HBO documentary titled “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst“.) The film will premiere on Lifetime on 4 November at 8/7c.