Monday, March 16, 2020

Legacies - There's a Place Where the Lost Things Go

Having obviously never watched a Holodeck episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Emma (Karen David) gathers a group of students together to deal with their issues in a combined simulated fictional reality. Each waking up in a black-and-white film noir world as a characters of that world, the idea is that the storyline will allow them to confront their issues before being sent back to the real world. Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) becomes a bar owner, MG (Quincy Fouse) a private detective, Lizzie (Jenny Boyd) a fading starlet with Josie (Kaylee Bryant) as her manager, Rafael (Peyton 'Alex' Smith) a photographer, and Jade (Giorgia Whigham) a reporter. Things start going wrong when a someone begins killing off the other characters one by one, jumping them back into the real world.

Other than the magic box which transports their consciousness to the simulated reality, there's very little magic in the episode which, along with the black-and-white style (which looks terrific, by the way) makes "There's a Place Where the Lost Things Go" stand-out a bit from the show's usual fare. Working more than just a standalone episode, the various neuroses of the characters come out even when they aren't themselves. There is also time for some revaluations such as Rafael's recent confinement being tied to the Necromancer (Ben Geurens) and the continuing the Dark Josie storyline with the evil version of the character now firmly in control. The show also finds a way to keep Alexis Denisof around by discovering the real Rupert Vardemus has been trapped in the simulated reality for months.

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