GHOST WARS – Season 1 Episode 6 – SPOILERS
“We Need To Talk About Abigail”, written by Sonja Bennett, is certainly the most watchable episode of GHOST WARS so far. The story, filled with intense imagery, centers on the McGrath-Dufresne family. After Sal the Babysitter is frightened by a kitten that turns into a severed hand. she falls fatally backward onto a butcher knife. Young Abigail wanders off into the woods with the ghost of Marcus Moon (Marcus died in Episode four after Father Dan’s failed exorcism), and her sister Isabel, who can predict stuff and draws cool pictures of what she predicts, paints a mural on the wall of her room in red (grease pencil, not blood) showing exactly where Abigail is. (Nobody else recognizes the place so Isabel has to lead them to it.) The girl is found encased in a pod-like structure at the base of a tree. When Billy touches the pod, he experiences a kind of euphoria. The pod is quite similar to the thing that Father Dan keeps hidden in a secret room in the church basement.
(At the end of the fourth episode, Father Dan, having failed to exorcise what he had decided was an evil spirit from Sophia’s son Marcus, retreats to the church basement where he lays hands on a mysterious glowing object in an alcove and says: “Blessed are those who seek the truths, for God will reward them with the fruits of heaven.” That doesn’t seem to be a quotation from anything, though it sounds like it should be one. In episode seven, the priest consults a religious tome with an illustration of three people with halos, possibly saints, tending a tree with a large pod dangling from it.)
Marcelle (Françoise Robertson), one of the Lambda scientists, talks to Landis Barker about the material from the pod in the forest that had held Abigail:
MARCELLE: “This thing defies all standard categorization of flora and fauna. Regarde. Showing root-like structures like a plant, but it has a vascular system. It’s DNA structure defies anything I’ve ever seen before. This is something that has never been catalogued, anywhere on our planet.”
DR. BARKER: “Tell me about the substance inside it.”
MARCELLE: “Ah. exploding with nutrients: lipids, phospholipids, urea. All properties of amniotic fluid.”
Marcelle is not being accurate. All but the most simple plants have vascular systems. She must have meant to say circulatory system.
Abigail has been freed from the gooey innards of the pod, but it turns out that she might not be Abigail anymore. Isabel says that Abby has jumped to Isabel’s body and the spirits of both girls are in there now. The girl who was once Abigail appears normal to Roman, while it is obvious to Roman that Isabel has a second spirit inhabiting her. Who or what is really inside Abigail’s body, if not Abigail? Is Abigail really cohabiting with Isabel in Isabel’s body, or is another of the invading spirits in there? At the end of the episode, as Roman watches from behind a tree, Abigail’s body walks through a churchyard full of ghosts in the middle of the night and calmly (and poetically) punches a hole in a church window.
So the invading spirits can manifest physically. Was Abigail’s body being changed (partially reborn?) to accommodate a spirit from the other side? How much was she changed before she was extricated from the pod? Where did the Father Dan’s pod come from? In Episode seven, Maggie returns to tell Roman that the townsfolk conspired to run his mother out of town. She also tells him that his mother is now dead, but that she doesn’t know how that happened. Could the thing in the church basement have something to do with Roman’s mother’s death? Or does the priest have one of the creatures trapped in there and the rest of them have come to free it?
Animals seem to be killed off with impunity on GHOST WARS, so the language that Marilyn uses to explain to Val why she sedated Abigail is subtle and important.
VAL: “Sedate her? That’s your plan?”
MARILYN: “Well, you are the one who told me that she nearly killed her sister. And she murdered the ferret, so this is enough to keep her drowsy.”
Though Marilyn was apparently not personally attached to the animal (she does not refer to the ferret by name), she does call the killing of it murder.
Sarah Giles (Abigail) will be Grace in Episode 3.5 of the web series THE ACTRESS DIARIES, a mockumentary set in downtown Vancouver. The comedy explores the ambitious adventures of two aspiring actress/waitresses, Lisa Kimberley Hughes and Kate Bateman. There is a considerable hiatus between the end of Season Two in March, 2014, and the beginning of Season Three, which will premiere on YouTube on 7 May 2018. The episode in which Giles will appear is titled “Chocolate Clowns”, and will be available on 14 May. (Episodes will be released in groups of three.) A Season Three trailer is available on YouTube.
Phillip Granger (Winston in Episode seven) will be Sparky, a veteran handyman, in the psychological thriller CRYPTO, the story of a junkie photojournalist (Richard Harmon lost nearly 15 pounds for the role.) who takes a job as a watchman at a remote wilderness lodge, and discovers that his photos are beginning to reveal bits of his own troubled past and uncertain future. Christopher Arruda, a songwriter and one third of folk-rock trio Lion Bear Fox, did the film’s score. A trailer is available on YouTube. Shot on Vancouver Island earlier this year, the film is still raising money for post-production on its Indiegogo page, and is aiming for a 2018 release.
Maddie Phillips (Randeen in Episode four) is Violet in WOMAN OF THE HOUSE, which stars Kirsten Prout as a woman who takes a job as house mother to her former college sorority, only to find it in a state of disrepair. The Dean of Student Affairs (Charlie Carrick) tells her she must turn the chapter around before the national organization pulls its charter. As she works with the girls, she realizes she needs to help these young women discover their true potential. WOMAN OF THE HOUSE will next air on PixLTV on 21 November at 9pm