Ripper Street: The Stranger’s Home, Part 2

Al-Qadir salutes his queen in season 4 episode 2 of Ripper StreetPreviously on Ripper Street: The body of an Indian man washed up on the riverbanks, inconveniently near the docks worked by some union guys. Their rep, Teague, was NOT happy and accused a rival, Croker, of planting the body so Croker could steal the business of unloading ships while the dock was shut down. The dead man’s name is Sayid, and he’s not some lowly ‘lascar’ as many assumed, but an Oxford-educated barrister whose father is a Major in the Indian army and happens to be in town for the Queen’s jubilee. Together with his law partner, Hafeez, Sayid was pretty active in an organization devoted to promoting Muslims. While Drake’s looking into all that, Jackson is scrambling to save Susan from her appointment with the hangman, which is a mere two days hence. They had hoped to bribe her way out of prison, but they can’t get their hands on her father’s money, so that’s not happening. And time is ticking. Time’s also ticking for Isaac Bloom, onetime pal of Reid, who is now under a death sentence of his own for having quite brutally killed a rabbi. Reid is convinced to come out of retirement to look into the case.

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Victoria: Long Live the Queen

Olivia Coleman as Victoria at her coronationIn a bid to keep that sweet, sweet Downton Abbey magic going, ITV has once more dipped into the costume drama well. This time, they’re focussing on one of Britain’s most famous monarchs: Queen Victoria. Long-lived, emotionally unstable, obsessive, determined, tough, enormously self-centred–yeah, I think it’s fair to say there’s quite a lot to mine here. And she ruled over Britain during a time of massive social, cultural, and economic change, as the British Empire reached its zenith and other monarchies started to topple. How’d they handle it? Let’s see.

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Ripper Street: The Stranger’s Home, Part 1

Edmund Reid looking at his hatPreviously on Ripper Street: Susan got it into her head to derail a train in order to steal some bonds belonging to her evil father. Unfortunately, she also derailed a passenger train, which crashed almost literally at H Division’s front door, killing more than 50 people and giving us an entire season’s worth of plotlines to explore. Those plotlines led to her (and our Justice League) murdering her father by locking him up in the cell that formerly housed Matilda Reid. So he’s dead, and Susan’s in prison for multiple cases of homicide. She was also pregnant with Jackson’s baby, because these two simply can’t untangle themselves from each other, ever. Rose and Drake finally got together, and Drake was poised to take over H Division, just as soon as Reid could let the place go, already. He finally did, and went off to live idyllically by the seaside with his recently rediscovered daughter.

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The Living and the Dead: Creepy Child

Nathan and Charlotte ApplebyPreviously on The Living and the Dead: Creepy things started happening as soon as Nathan Appleby came home, and it seems like it’s driving him pretty crazy.

At last, we get the story of Lara, or Red Coat Lady, as I’ve been calling her. The poor woman’s a new mum, currently living with her baby daughter in a mental health facility. She voluntarily checked herself in because she’s being haunted by Gabriel, who wanders into her room at night to stare at her all dead-eyed and demand that she help him. Naturally, she thinks she’s experiencing some sort of psychosis. She’s nervous for good reason, too: turns out this horrible dead child has been haunting all the women of her family for several generations now, and it’s implied that the experience drove Lara’s mother to suicide when Lara was only three months old.

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The Living and the Dead: All Hallows

the_living_and_the_dead_5Previously on The Living and the Dead: Charlotte got pregnant, which would be great if she weren’t seemingly living at the mouth of hell. An unusual number of people in a tiny village were haunted, some to death, including Nathan, who keeps seeing a very 21st century woman in a red coat running around his house. It may be slowly driving him crazy.

So, if the last episode was the one where Nathan started going a bit off the rails, this is the one where he drives the train right over the edge of the bridge. Deliberately. He’s going full-on nuts, is what I’m saying.

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The Living and the Dead: Into the Woods

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Previously on The Living and the Dead: Nathan’s spooky village is a haunted nightmare town, and the living people aren’t that much better. One of them, Jack, was convinced that another guy he loves to bully cursed the harvest and tried to drown him as a witch. The other guy was saved, and Jack was banished.

It’s the Nathan Starts Losing It episode! Hooray! I’m surprised it took him this long—you can’t expect even the most rational and centred person not to start cracking up when they’ve been hearing voices, seeing things, and dealing with all the bizarre nonsense going on around Shepzoy.

And on that note: Nathan’s turned to the power of Ouija in an attempt to contact Clarity (whose name is starting to seem kind of like a cruel joke, no?). He gets no answers with that, but after he leaves the room, the word ‘daddy’ appears on a mirror.

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The Living and the Dead: The Lady in the Water

The Living and the Dead Episode 3Previously on The Living and the Dead: Nathan and his wife, Charlotte, decided to make a go of farming, which would be challenging enough, but it turns out the tiny village is super haunted. Or something. Maybe there’s something in the water, because now even Nathan’s starting to see and hear things. Ghost children tempted a village boy, Charlie, to an old mine, where he died.

It’s harvest-time, and since this period is so vital to the survival of Shepzoy, feelings are running a little high. Nathan’s a little distracted by guilt over Charlie, whose mother has decided to pack up her horrifyingly creepy daughters and leave. She thinks the place is cursed. I can’t blame her for that. I’m starting to think so too.

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The Living and the Dead: Lost Boys

p03zb3rbPreviously on The Living and the Dead: Nathan Appleby and his wife, Charlotte, decided to leave London behind and give late-19th century farming a go, taking over his family’s place in Somerset. But apparently this place is haunted as hell, because first the vicar’s daughter appeared to be murderously possessed, and then Nathan saw a woman wandering around his house with an iPad.

First, some housekeeping matters.

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The Living and the Dead: The Haunting of Harriet Denning

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It’s 1894. Nathan Appleby has returned home to rural Somerset, accompanied by his very cool, modern-woman wife, Charlotte. Nathan, too, is a modern man, a psychologist who’s just returned from a trip to Vienna, where he gave a talk about psychological trauma. He’s back in Somerset to see his mother, who’s dying. It’s the summer solstice, and while Nathan and the locals see to the usual traditions (lighting and dancing around a bonfire), someone goes to Nathan’s mother’s room. We don’t see who it is, but she tells them to leave her son alone, and then dies.

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Outlander Recap: Dragonfly in Amber

1Previously on Outlander: Claire and Jamie tried really, really hard to avoid the Battle of Culloden, but alas, ‘twas not to be.

1746: The battle is nigh. The very morning of, Jamie is still begging Charles to call the whole thing off, reminding this idiot that his entire army is cold, hungry, and seriously ill-prepared. Charles is basically all, ‘Whatever, doubter. Let me drop some more religion on you, because that often serves one well in circumstance such as these.’ Culloden is on.

Claire decides the only thing to do is to assassinate Charles, which is precisely what Murtaugh has been telling them to do since Paris day one, right? And they told him that wouldn’t work because…reasons. But now that it’s Claire’s idea, it’s totally cool. What Claire wants, Claire gets, and she’s not going to let a little thing like an actual human life stand in her way. And yes, you could make the argument that she’s hoping to save many lives here, but let’s not kid ourselves: she’s only doing this because she’s worried about Jamie. If it were just a bunch of Highlanders marching off to their doom, she’s probably just shrug and mutter, ‘War really is hell, in any century.’ And maybe patch up the survivors.

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