Episodes 1-3 – SPOILERS
V MORGAN IS DEAD is as much about the function of dreams as it is about the interconnectedness of people and the choices they make. One interesting thing about this 20-episode webseries is that it could develop either as a fantasy (Violet actually remarks on the similarity to TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL in episode two) or as science fiction (perhaps something akin to the Dr. Who episode Death In Heaven, in which the afterlife involved corporate enslavement of the dead).
V Morgan (only her mother calls her Violet) drops dead in a stairwell at work from a brain aneurism. Her coffee mug, which read “World’s Best Entry Level Employee” shatters dramatically on the stairs. She wakes up on the Sixth Floor of her afterlife, so, for V, death is something of a promotion. Aleister Benson, who runs the Sixth Floor, tells her its purpose is to “understand the moments that hold a person to their destined path and to fix those connections that are broken”, but what makes one immediately suspicious of Benson and his cohorts is the information on the lower left of the screen, indicating that we are watching a recording made by the “Sixth Floor”. It seems to be a technological afterlife.
Smooth-talking Aleister Benson is played by Conrad Coates (Coates was T’evgin, the leader of the Omec in Season Three of DEFIANCE, and The Black Thorn in LOST GIRL episode 2.2.) Benson has two assistants: the career-minded Jenn (Jenny Raven), who clearly wants Benson’s job, and Andrew (Andy McQueen) who has a more casual approach to his work. The three of them attempt to persuade Violet (Tara Joshi) to join the Sixth Floor team and become a Fixer.
THINGS THAT COULD BE IMPORTANT: There are computers on the Sixth Floor, but Benson’s office has none. There is no indication one way or another if the pen with which V signs her contract contains ink or blood (maybe a combination of the two?) The name Aleister has been associated with the occult ever since Crowley’s Book of Lies was first published under his own name.
V MORGAN IS DEAD was written by Sarah-Jane Sheppard & Mika Collins, and directed by Zoe Robyn. The series had a launch party at the Art Gallery of Ontario on 5 November, when the first three episodes were released, that included a live tattooing booth. Subscribe to the series on Vervegirl TV. New episodes will be released each Thursday at 5pm.