GHOST WARS – Season 1 Epiaode 2 – SPOILERS
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 →
GHOST WARS – Season 1 Episode 1 – SPOILERS
Elise Gatien as Roman’s ghostly friend Maggie Rennie, who might somehow be related to the town bully.
On the bus on the way out of town, Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia) chats with his friend Maggie (Elise Gatien), who tries to persuade him to stay. Maggie (we soon discover) is invisible to everyone but Roman. An apparent earthquake later, the bus driver swerves to avoid someone standing in the middle of the road (whom only he can see). The bus slides on its side onto the edge of a cliff. Mercer is shaken awake by Maggie. Something prevents him from saving any of the other passengers, but he manages to pop open the emergency exit and jump to safety before the bus and the rest of the people on board meet a fiery end. 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 →