Can I just say that I am loving the format of this show, each week having Nathan delve into a different paranormal mystery while trying to also solve the riddle of the woman with the book of light and how all that may or may not link to the death of his own young son is infinitely interesting. Especially as Appleby is slowly loosing his mind and seeing more ghosts and thus questioning everything he ever thought he knew.
This weeks disturbed soul came in the form of a young farm hand who is experiencing voices in his head from the ghost of a woman that disappeared the year of a bad harvest. She appeared to him visually and in his mind telling him to sacrifice his mother to persevere the years crops. Eerily this talk of sacrifice and curses happens under a harvest moon which is unsettlingly Pagan like (something that was explored in the first episode with the Solstice fire) which actually leads onto my second point about this episode.
The theme of Old vs New is a rather interesting concept that is very typical of the gothic genre due to the scary rate of progress in that time and how uneasy it made people who were very much comforted by the old ways rather than these new radical times of the industrial era. The very nature of the ghost is a contrast between the old and the new, and one could suggest that the presence of ghosts is due to guilt and unfinished business that the living must solve in order for the dead to rest thus they are a metaphor for choices that are made and later regretted for the consequences that they afford us and eventually these choices haunt us.
In conclusion this weeks episode was a fascinating one and it very much kept me hooked to the screen. As this episode marks the half way point through series 1 (I hope we get a series 2?) I am expecting Nathan to unravel more and more in the coming episodes which should be fascinating as seeing a rational man be consumed by something deemed so irrational is just damn good television and great for psychological character studies (which I just love).
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