GHOST WARS – Season 1 Episode 11 – SPOILERS
At the end of Episode 10, we clearly saw Paolo, Abigail, and Sophia burned alive by Father Dan (Vincent D’Onofrio) in the church basement. The priest also died in the fire. At the start of this episode, Roman finds three adult skeletons and a note from Father Dan. We are not shown the exact contents of the note, but are told that it says Father Dan “intended” to kill Abigail (implying that he did not). Indeed, we see Abigail alive and well enough to be taken to Lambda for examination, where it is discovered that she is really not herself. (She kills a rat by absorbing its life through her hands.) The simplest explanation for all of this is that Abigail was not in the church fire, and that Father Dan was misled by the “ghosts” into thinking she was there. But if that was so, who wrote the note?
Meanwhile, Karla‘s pregnancy moves ahead by leaps and bounds. She enlists Deputy Norm‘s help by making him hallucinate, and we learn that the “ghosts”, at least in the early stages of their development, are carrion eaters. When Karla gives birth, the “baby” exits her body through her mouth, which would indicate that she was impregnated orally as well. This would fit with what we have previously seen when pod-modified Abigail and pod-modified Sophia regurgitated egg-like things that (presumably) turned into pods. The “baby” has a long tail, and a face surrounded by what appear to be tiny tentacles. Karla said early in the episode that she knew her child was a boy. The young fellow has human-like eyes, possibly indicating the presence in him of some genetic material from either Carla or Paolo.
Norm’s hallucinations are worth talking about. One understands why he would be made to think that bits of dead people were cuts of caribou and bison, and why he might be induced to imagine a reassuring visit from Doctor Marilyn. But why exactly would he be made to hallucinate being strangled by a severed arm? To whose advantage would that be?
As Roman sits contemplating the death of Father Dan, he gets a visit from Maggie (Elise Gatien):
MAGGIE: “Father Dan made his own choices.”
ROMAN: “Yeah, he did. And if I had chosen to forgive him, he might still be alive.”
MAGGIE: “Or you’d be dead as well.”
ROMAN: “Maggie, it’s just too much.”
MAGGIE: “You’re gonna have to be strong to get what you want, OK?”
What exactly is it that Roman wants?
Marilyn sedates Abigail and takes her home. Does Marilyn have a plan to save her daughter? Val, Roman, and Norm watch Karla “give birth”. When the “baby” wraps its tail around Karla’s neck, Norm grabs Val’s shotgun and shoots (something). Does he shoot Karla? If he shot Karla’s offspring, he would likely have damaged Karla as well, since she was holding her “child” close to her.
Jessica Lee (lab technician) co-wrote (with Adam Zimmerman) and stars in in THE RECONAISSANCE OF JOSIE LAURENE, an action comedy about a spy who is facing a crisis of character during the most important stakeout of her career. (Months previously, she allowed international secrets to slip through her fingers, and she is on a mission to get them back.) There is no word yet on a release date. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Luvia Petersen (Val McGrath-Dufresne) directed a short film called DOG BITE, about a career woman who retreats from the world after her face is bitten by a frightened dog. Jennifer Spence, who stars in the film, told The Televixen: “DOG BITE is a fantastic passion product that we just completed on Sunday [10 December]…Gemma Holdway, who was the writer for that, writes on Ghost Wars. This is something that happened to her and it’s inspired by a true story. She was bitten by a dog who she was friendly with, on her lip. She kissed the dog on the top of the head and her necklace swung and hit him in the nose and scared him and he bit her lip and pulled a chunk off. She got it reattached and you can’t even tell now. It turned out to be a happy ending. She was wrestling with things like how she looks, even though looks shouldn’t be important, and how she’s going to work. She didn’t know how it was going to turn out.”
Rowan Schlosberg (Nate) will be Connor in the Netflix reboot of LOST IN SPACE. The ten-episode series will star Molly Parker as Maureen Robinson, and Parker Posey as Dr. Smith. Cindy Holland, VP of Original Content at Netflix, told Deadline: “The original series so deftly captured both drama and comedy, and that made it very appealing to a broad audience. The current creative team’s re-imagining of the series for Netflix is sure to appeal to both fans who fondly remember the original and to create a new generation of enthusiasts around the world.” In the original series, The Robinsons were sent on a 5 1/2 year trip to another planet in an effort by the U.S. government to colonize deep space, but their mission was sabotaged by Dr. Smith. The new LOST IN SPACE will premiere in May, 2018.