GHOST WARS – Season 1 Episode 13 – SPOILERS
In Episode twelve, Roman (Avan Jogia) discovered that, when the two pieces of the meteorite are assembled, the souls of everyone nearby (except for Roman) are detached from their bodies, enabling them to move about and even enter bodies other than their own. Roman used this feature of the meteorite to restore Abigail to her own body, and to rescue Val from the clutches of Deputy Norm. This time, Dr. Barker (Kandyse McClure) devises a scheme to chase the invading ghosts back to their place of origin. Four volunteers would discorporate and, using Billy’s near-death experiences as a guide, try to “re-open death’s door”.
To clarify a bit, the object Roman is using is described (by Daphne) as a meteorite, but it is a very strange-looking one. The thing is made of an amber-like material and seems to have flexible geometric properties. Also, the assembled object has writing of some sort all over it, making it likely to be the creation of an alien intelligence that might have survived the crash of a spaceship. “Death’s Door” is a bright light that Billy saw when he almost died a couple of episodes ago. It might be a portal to the land of the creatures that created the artifact, or it might actually be the gateway to the afterlife. We do know that it only appears to Billy when he is very near to death.
We have as yet no idea why Roman is completely unaffected by the meteorite. Does it mean he is one of the aliens? (That would imply that his mother was an alien, and, because we learn in this episode that Billy is his dad, that would make him some sort of alien/human hybrid.) Or does it simply mean Roman has no soul? Isabel (Allison James) seems to have powers similar to Roman’s. One wonder’s who her father might be.
The four volunteers for Dr. Barker‘s scheme are Mayor Val (Luvia Petersen), Daphne (Carmel Amit), Billy (Kim Coates), and Dr. Barker herself. Their plan works inasmuch as the invading ghosts disappear, but Billy dies in the process. Dr. Clark (Ryan Robbins) kills Billy’s uninhabited, comatose body with an injection (on instructions from Roman). The force field that had enveloped the town is apparently gone, because Roman and Daphne surreptitiously take off on Billy’s boat and head for Seattle with both pieces of the meteorite. Also, Daphne’s body, which is dying from some unspecified disease, has been possessed by the spirit of Maggie (Elise Gatien). Roman is the only one who knows about this possession, and the only way anyone might possibly find out would be through a message from Daphne’s ghost.
Where is the incorporeal portion of Daphne? We see the ghost of Father Dan wandering the streets of Port Moore. (He is also apparently visible to the local children.) Did Daphne and Billy really die? Are they ghosts now as well? Will Roman and Maggie/Daphne make it to Seattle? (The weather seemed uncommonly pleasant when they left, so that bodes well for their trip, and ill for Seattle.) How does Roman know how to operate Billy’s boat with such proficiency? Will Val really make Doug Rennie (Meat Loaf) the new sheriff? And most importantly, will SyFy give GHOST WARS a second season?
We still don’t know what it was that Billy was smuggling in from Canada in the first episode.
Kim Coates (Billy McGrath) will be George Hildebrandt in COLD BROOK, the story of two ordinary guys in a small town who embark on an extraordinary adventure. First time director William Fichtner called it “a story of coming home”, and told Mike Fleming, Jr. of Deadline: “When my writing partner Cain DeVore and I began to work on Cold Brook, and the story evolved over the years, the one thing that never changed was that we were writing it for me and Kim Coates. I met Coates in 2001 shooting Black Hawk Down in Morocco, and we’ve been great friends ever since.” COLD BROOK finished filming in and around Buffalo, NY in late July. There is no word yet on a release date.
Vincent D’Onofrio (Father Dan Carpenter) will be Frank Kersey in Eli Roth‘s remake of the 1974 movie DEATH WISH. Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis), an experienced trauma surgeon, has spent his life saving the lives of people on the verge of death. But when his wife is killed and his daughter rendered comatose after a brutal home invasion, Kersey uses his unique skills to become the vigilante killer nicknamed “The Grim Reaper.” The film was originally scheduled for US release in October, but the release was delayed until 2 March, possibly because of the Las Vegas shootings. A trailer is available on YouTube.
In Episode 12 of GHOST WARS, the song playing during the abortive end-of-the-world party at the Chieftan is The Ballad of Black Eyed Suzy, track two on the 2016 EP Can’t Get No Lovin’ by Vancouver’s Rich Hope.
Avan Jogia (Roman Mercer) has an as yet unspecified role in SON OF SHAFT, the story of a nerdy FBI agent (Jesse T Usher) who launches his own investigation into the suspicious death of a friend, and reluctantly enlists the help of his estranged father, the legendary John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson). Rumour has it that Richard Roundtree, who portrayed Shaft in three films and a TV series in the 1970’s, will make an appearance. Directed by Tim Story (who also directed the FANTASTIC FOUR films) SON OF SHAFT has a scheduled release date of 14 June 2019.