I too really liked the interesting correlations between religion and vampires. The angel, for example. I am disappointed that the story didn’t continue into a larger story about conversion, and whether intentions or outcome are more important. In the end, the series settled for a B-grade destruction of the vampires. It felt like a cop out. I had high hopes given the start.
What I’m wondering is what happens when someone from the mainland sees those fires and comes to investigate. They’ll find some corpses, all the buildings burned down and two teeangers (one of whom is disabled) with a crazy story to tell. This seemed to be set in a world where no one has heard of vampires, so it’s going to be hard to believe.
Do we still need to spoiler-box stuff two weeks after the show aired? But the sunlight-combusted were the vampires, but the remains of the victims should still be present. The sheriff, for instance. I think they’d show signs of being attacked and drained of blood (exsanguinated I believe it’s called).
I really liked (but not loved) this whole series even though I thought it telegraphed its ending pretty early. I thought it was nicely paced and enjoyed the general atmosphere. I found the scene at the end where the sheriff and his son prayed into the sunrise particularly affecting.
I do feel like there were way too many monologues, and that not all of the monologues fit with the characters that said them (Erin Greene’s in particular at the end seemed to come out of nowhere). But in general, I’m a sucker for “Religion, But It’s Weird and Bad” plots and thought it was worth a watch.
I’m on episode 6 and when the doctor was discussing the disease EPP she said 'a lot of those myths probably came from EPP" then discusses how the symptoms of EPP match descriptions of what we consider vampires.
So I get the impression that there was some mythology surrounding vampires.
Also at the end the paralyzed girl said her legs went numb when the sun came up. Does that mean the original vampire (the winged demon) died? I thought one theory on vampires was that when the head vampire died, all the vampires he created died too.
Given that the priest kept calling it an “angel” I wonder if it was the source of some of the Biblical mythology, at least in that universe. (Kind of reminds me how a certain Arthur C Clarke novel had an unusual origin story for the myths about what demons look like.)
In the show they described it as kind of like a virus, so the death of the original vampire would have no effect on the survival of the turned townspeople. At some point the doctor also voiced the theory that someone could theoretically be cured if the virus hadn’t yet completely taken over their body, though she did say that she was just guessing.
The paralyzed girl going numb didn’t make much sense to me though. I get that it was trying to convey that it was possible for some who weren’t completely turned to heal and become normal again, but she had been taking communion more often and longer than most and should have been one of the most highly infected. Also, just because the virus rebuilt her body wouldn’t mean that her body would revert to its formerly damaged state once the virus was burned away. If you spray raid on a bunch of ants, the ants die but the ant hill that they built remains.
I agree. Kate Siegel is a great actress and some of her monologues in earlier Flanagan works were incredible, but Flanagan overdid it in this one. Erin’s complete change in world view / philosophy at the end was very much out of character for her. I get that she was supposed to echo Flanagan’s own journey from being raised Catholic to becoming an atheist, but it didn’t make sense for her character. I feel that she should have held on to her faith until the bitter end. Riley’s transformation from a devout Catholic to an atheist made a lot of sense. Erin’s didn’t.
Me too. It takes a lot of skill to create a villain that everyone hates that much. The writers and the actress both really nailed it with her character.
Just finished it. It was alright and pretty creepy early on. Also thought it was completely up its own ass with the 58 monologues and hour long singing scenes. The priest’s sudden repentance at the end did not ring true to me at all. Totally on board with Jonestowning the whole village and murdering the drunk, but the obvious consequences of his plan were too much?