Posts from 12th November 2006

Nov 06

Egg’s Benediction, or, Egg’s Dead Baby, Egg’s Dead

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I previously vowed on FT that I would give up on Afterlife. Quickly: Nigel Kneale dies, I rewatch some old NK stuff inc “Woman in Black”, while reflecting on telly ghost stories see trailer for final Afterlife, decide I’ve seen way more than half, may as well finish the job, download eps i missed, watch whole lot. There.

The last thing I saw, the tumour had scrambled Egg’s brain and he wasn’t sure of Alison, the medium’s, rare abilities. But then he seemingly “cures” her of it by exorcising the memory of her mother’s suicide – a visually hard-boiled moment among the usual runniness of the stories.

In the next ep, Alison, bereft of powers, no longer feels the presence of spirits, specifically a haunted emo boy (listens to Nick Cave and is then found with arms cut) so turns to wine instead. It’s nice to see a drunk Alison for a change rather than the more familiar sight of a pickled Egg. But TWIST! the boy is only haunted by his own childhood abuse – science of the BRANE to the rescue courtesy of coddled Egg psychology. So maybe it’s not that she’s lost her powers… Indeed we next see Egg roll to the ground, and from his coma he turns up in her house in spirit form where they talk at cross purposes – to no comic effect.