I am proud to announce that I made it the whole week without sneaking onto iPlayer to watch the whole series in one sitting. Round of applause please. So anyway last nights episode built on the creepiness from the first episode and built up the character of Nathan Appleby who is battling between Science and the Supernatural.
It’s worthwhile saying that no horror or spooky TV series or Film would be creepy or scary without it’s soundtrack. In essence the soundtrack makes or breaks this genre and it’s no surprise then that the music on The Living and the Dead is utterly haunting, there are soft etherial tones that slowly build up in moments of tension making you feel uneasy because of the anticipation that rises alongside the soundtrack. An example would be in the episode last night when the boy opens his curtain slightly to see apparitions outside, this moment wouldn’t have been as disturbing if the music was absent.
Like I mentioned on my last review I love the way that in this show psychology blends with the paranormal as Appleby searches for the truth, in one scene last night he quizzes the village priest (His daughter was possessed in last weeks episode) about the apparition of the woman he saw holding a “Book of Light” (quite a etherial name for an iPad) and the Priest responds with “the brain…is an amazing and mischievous organ” but as viewers we know this sight of the woman to be real rather than a trick because the iPad belongs in our present thus Appleby couldn’t have imagined it because its too specific to our time, therefore the world of this show is inherently supernatural and the psychological element is how the characters justify these occurrences. Confusing? Probably. Let me know in the comments if you get what the hell I’m talking about.
In conclusion The Living and the Dead’s second episode was another strong one that gave us a little more depth into the world that these characters inhabit. I am very much interested where the rest of the series takes Nathan as his rising curiosity for the supernatural is becoming quite an interesting an internal part of the series.