TV: Bedlam 1.2

Three scary TV shows are premiering this month: Bedlam (Saturdays on BBC America starting 10/1), American Horror Story (Wednesdays on FX starting 10/5) and season two of The Walking Dead (Sundays on AMC starting 10/16). Every week I’ll post recaps shortly after each new episode airs. They’ll be a little different than my movie posts. I’m assuming anyone who’s reading the recaps has either already seen the episode or isn’t planning to watch. That is to say, *SPOILERS AHEAD.*

Episode two arrives and the Brits are already reclining comfortably in the show’s formula. Last week we had a drowning victim trying to kill the wearer of her lost ring. This week our one-off storyline follows a new face named Leah whose having some serious car trouble. A word of advice: if you are ever alone in a parking garage and the lights start going out one at a time, bringing darkness directly at you, don’t assume it’s a problem with the fuses.

Sorry, my shirt is in the wash. Again.

Our first scene back in the flat reveals Jed shirtless yet again. He’s still staying with Kate and company but Kate won’t have another freeloader – Molly apparently has no job either – so she puts him to work as a handyman. Molly’s having trouble meeting men on the internet. This seems plausible because she’s desperate and gorgeous, and the trolls that populate match.com are known to be a discriminating bunch. Jed gets another message from beyond in the form of annoying pop-up windows on his computer saying, “Help her…you can’t…go”. He immediately zeroes in on Leah and spends an inordinate amount of time trying to fix her ridiculous hatchback. He gets flashes of a dead guy in a pool of blood, but that doesn’t get him any closer to finding the carburetor.

About halfway through we get some more tidbits on the ongoing plotlines. Zoe has indeed been missing for about a week and we’re reminded that Kate’s dad was staring down at her from his window the last time we saw her. He takes a moment to reiterate his hatred for his adopted nephew before discouraging Kate from looking into Zoe’s disappearance. I’d say he might have been banging her but I doubt he killed her or anything.

Next Kate has another nightie-in-the-hallway dream, and this time there are two other characters: a ghost lady with a plastic bag on her head and an ordinary repairman. Your guess is as good as mine.

This had better be going somewhere.

And my favorite new piece of information: there’s a hidden room on the top floor. Jed is asked to hang signs in each apartment’s main window to spell out an advertisement for the building. He gets yelled at for missing one, but when he goes to correct his mistake he realizes the window he missed isn’t connected to any of the visible apartments. I’m really hoping this turns into a House of Leaves kind of deal but more likely it’ll be solved with a sledge-hammer. Boo.

Kate gets a little territorial over Molly’s friendship with Leah and stirs up some shit. Kate even points out that Leah is behind on the rent, which is charming considering the poor girl’s been on the run from an abusive ex. Why the fuck is Molly friends with this fascist? It seems Kate can’t stop herself from inflicting pain on other women. For her next act, she brazenly encourages the advances of a married man at the gym. To be fair she may be possessed by whatever black magic keeps her makeup looking flawless after a sweaty workout.

The blood of Christ compels you, makeup demon!

As I predicted, Ryan’s tech angle immediately comes into play as he gains access to the complete records of every patient to ever pass through the asylum. The place is 300 years old and went out of business decades ago. I’m sure the top priority when they started renovating was scanning in all the old medical records. I’m looking forward to the first time he’s called upon to hack into something. You can just feel the writers working up to it. Because everyone knows any asshole who can remove spyware has the requisite training to crack algorithmic encryption.

Jed continues trying to help Leah, while Ryan helps Jed in hopes that Jed will do his Dead Zone thing to communicate with Ryan’s dead brother, James. Jed tries to warn him off but ends up telling him about it anyway. Turns out James’ death wasn’t a robbery gone wrong. His assailants killed him just for laughs, which helps Ryan decide to oppose the jailed killer’s parole application.

Wow, that is awful. I really need to find a better way to get TV screengrabs.

Jed figures out the dead guy is pissed at Leah because of a hit-and-run that killed two kids, mirroring the double murder-suicide the dead guy’s wife committed years ago. The realization comes not a moment too soon because the car-fixated ghost is ramping up his attacks on Leah. This time he runs over her poor cat in the middle of her damn apartment. The absolute best moment of the whole sorry episode is when Leah calls the vet while promising “we’ll get you sorted” to little Georgey, whose intestines are splayed across the kitchen floor. Jed gets Leah to turn herself in just before the ghost comes for her and – huzzah! – the vengeful spirit is assuaged.

Exactly how do you expect to sort this?

Just like last time, this week’s tag gives us another twist on Jed’s ghostly instructions. The pop-ups reappear in reverse order so they read, “Go…you can’t…help her.” Presumably we’re talking about Kate now but if that’s the case I say let her die. She’s a home wrecker and a bad friend and she’s mean to poor people who can’t afford their rent. Perhaps the bigger question is, who is sending Jed these messages?

My overall impression thus far is that none of the characters are particularly likable, and Kate is downright detestable. The larger arc remains intriguing but the one-offs are dead boring and utterly inconsequential. Here’s hoping they depart from the rigid formula before too long. Until next week, dear friends.

One Response to “TV: Bedlam 1.2”

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