Marilyn and Val McGrath-Dufresne (Mayor Val is the McGrath half of the hyphenation. Marilyn is the town’s doctor.)
“Great ghost stories are arguments with mortality. They don’t accept death as the end of needing people and doing things.”
—- Aurora Stewart de Peña
Val and Marilyn McGrath-Dufresne (Luvia Petersen and Kristin Lehman) and their two kids, Isabel and Abigail (Sarah Giles and Allison James), get a surprise visit froom Val’s brother Billy (Kim Coates). Billy and his boat smuggled stuff into Port Moore from Canada. (We don’t know what he brought in, but it was meant for Dr. Barker at Lambda, whatever it was. We know it likely came from Canada because he also delivered Canadian over-the-counter muscle relaxants to Marilyn, the town doctor.) Val and Billy don’t get along because Billy was responsible for the death of their younger brother Trevor some years previously, and she believes (it turns out correctly) that he didn’t tell her the whole story of how that happened. Continue reading →
Kristin Lehman as Marilyn on the set of Ghost Wars with Avan Logia and Vincent D’Onofrio. She also directs two episodes.
Residents of the remote Alaskan town of Port Moore believe they are being tortured with their own secrets by a plague of ghosts. The hauntings bring newfound popularity to the local priest, Father Dan Carpenter (Vincent D’Onofrio), as many townspeople turn to religion for their salvation. There is a pragmatic young physicist, Dr. Landis Barker (played by Kandyse McClure), who works for a company called Lambda and believes science holds the key to the mystery. And Port Moore’s one (reluctant) psychic, Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia), whom no one in town likes, suddenly finds a use for his ability to speak to spirits.
The four main characters each take a different philosophical approach to the unusual phenomena plaguing the town. Mercer is a believer in the paranormal, Father Carpenter comes at things from a conventionally religious point of view, and Dr. Barker attacks the problem scientifically. A fourth (somewhat ill-defined) perspective is provided by Doug Rennie (Meat Loaf), a handyman who is apparently not a very nice person, and who takes great delight in bullying Roman Mercer. Continue reading →