20 February 2015

Dark Shadows: Bloodlust x

Bloodlust's tenth part takes us into more the kind of territory I expected when I embarked upon this series, that of creepy houses, spooky cult trappings and overt supernaturalism. I've really enjoyed the extraordinary town pretending it's anything but, but this is certainly the kind of story I thought we'd be getting. I enjoy both sides of the story, and it's nice to finally delve into the lives of the famed Collinses after the seeming cross-examination of every other character in this.

We begin with an otherworldly introduction from Andrew, Amy and Maggie, warning us that the lines between dreams and reality are becoming blurred. This is an intriguing opening, and poses a whole load more questions about the nature of this series. I fully expect some kind of twist that will flip Bloodlust on its head over the next three episodes, and revealing that parts of this were dreamed would - for once - be an irregularly normal explanation. In principle, I certainly don't contest the concept, and I trust in the four men behind this series to deliver.

Elsewhere, Maggie is learning just what it's like to be Sheriff. In a surprisingly wise move, she has organised for the whole town to be blood tested, and those with anomalous results to placed in police custody for everyone else's safety. You just know a move like that's going to come back to bite you, and sure enough Joe Lidster delivers a killer twist in the final moments of this episode. The police department aren't currently investigating the murder of Trask due to limited resources, and the irony-o-meter should surely be wailing by now. Evans' main complaint that led to Rhonda's expulsion a few episodes back was that she wasn't doing enough, and dismissed any claim of insufficient resources. Now the same words are tumbling from her mouth without her even realising. I've had quiet suspicions about Mike from the off, and so it seems possible to me that the information relayed in the closing scene may well not be entirely truthful. No doubt it will be intriguing to hear how this particular arc plays out though.

The scenes featuring predominantly Amy and David are fascinating to me. The way Lidster manages to convey copious personal history with such economic scriptwriting is to be admired, but some of the credit for their chemistry should of course be credited to Stephanie Ellyne and Alec Newman. I can easily see these two being former friends, both thinking they're playing the other - though only one of them is correct of course. The scenes in Collinwood are edge-of-the-headphone stuff as the listener becomes unwittingly wrapped up in proceedings. There's some quite scary stuff in there, and although it may align with some expected conventions of the horror medium, the period when Tom is transforming into the wolf and Amy and co. are trapped in there with him, with no defence, is quite shocking and adds another dimension to this series. With the rise in prominence of the Collinses comes a renewed sense of danger - as if Bloodlust needed it!

This is another excellent episode, and the music also seems to step up a gear in line with the action here. With Dr Hill becoming increasingly familiar, I wonder if he has an as-yet unknown connection to the whole sorry incident. It really feels like we're on the home straight now, and I can't wait to see where the twisted (in more ways than one) plot goes from here. I haven't mentioned the events featuring Kate, because I think they, perhaps more than anything else so far, are best heard unspoiled. Suffice to say they're bonkers, intriguing and totally unexpected! Classic Bloodlust. I can't wait to learn of Jessica Griffin's guilt before long too; surely she must be up to something to be out of the action for this long?

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