Jackie (Jess Salguiero) spends much of the film tied to a bed. She seems swept along by events over which she has little control. .
William (Aidan Devine), who lives on a farm with his daughter Gloria (Ava Preston), has been pressed into service by warring gangs from a nearby city for the purpose of disposing of their dead. (He chops up the bodies and dissolves them in an acid bath.) Though his residence is rural, William has become an urban legend. “The Candy Butcher” they call him. Many believe him to be a cannibal, but this is apparently not true.
The family’s last name is Derrow, though it is never mentioned in the film. There is a very old sign outside the farmhouse with a picture of a cow on it that reads “Derrow Family Butcher”. Continue reading →
Death (Melanie Scrofano) introduces herself to Adam (Dylan Taylor) in a coffee shop
Unpublished novelist Adam (Dylan Taylor) tells his girlfriend Tracy (Meghan Heffern) that he plans to fix the plumbing while she is at work. She suggests that he finish his novel instead. Adam whines a bit about not being able to pay half the rent (something Tracy seems totally unconcerned about), and suggests that maybe it’s time to “let the dream die”. Then Tracy goes to work, and Adam heads to the local coffee shop to write. He is met there by Emma , who introduces herself as Death.
Dancing with Death.
Emma (Melanie Scrofano) tells Adam that his time on earth is up, but that he should be happy about it. After his demise (she explains), Tracy will get his novel published and it will become the greatest novel of all time. When Adam remains reluctant to die after learning this, Emma takes an instant liking to him. They spend the rest of the day together, as Emma tries to make sense of why Adam wants so badly to continue living. (Emma claims to only be able to predict what will happen after Adam’s death, and says that she sees what happens before he dies only as a series of choices. The implication is that his influence on the lives of others is made a fixed and immutable thing after his death, because Tracy will have no choice but to get Adam’s novel published.) Continue reading →
Dutch consults Zeph (Kelly McCormack) about the stuff that her mother told her would destroy the green and anything connected to it. Dutch is orbiting Telen, a long way from Zeph’s lab in The Quad, so Zeph appears on Lucy as a fairly sophisticated hologram. She can see what’s around her on Lucy (she points out a centrifuge to Dutch), and can also physically interact (in a limited way) with her remote surroundings. Unlike STAR TREK: VOYAGER’s Emergency Medical Hologram, she has no solidity, but the EMH had a limited range. Zeph is being transmitted across quite a lot of space, and the conversation between her and Dutch is not encumbered by any noticeable time delay, so transmission must be happening at faster than light speeds. Zeph must be using Hullen tech to accomplish this. In Episode 2.5, Dutch told Khlyen that faster-than-light transmissions are impossible, and Khlyen responded “only with your technology”. Continue reading →