Perspective … A Point of View

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Several wonderful reviews of tlatd. A few more that leave us wondering.

Like Nathan, these folks are looking for an explanation based in what they believe is Reality … and this is a “Ghost Story”. So, it puzzles this author.  Do they really prefer what is currently recognized as Reality over pure Imagination. ??  Do they really prefer logic and linear time lines in a world of fancy and thinking outside the box?  T’is a puzzlement.

Speaking of current Reality … In 1870, why would Jules Verne expect us to believe that a ship could travel underwater?  Certainly, that could not have been possible.

There are some theories about the possible bending of Time and Space. This author’s conjecture is that, in this story, the Land and the House hold memories or echoes of memories of all the events attached to Shepzoy over the years, but the Land additionally contains the physical changes that have continued to occur over time.  The car is actually present in the bog from the time of the accident going forward.

Given the clue of the vapor trail in the first episode, we must know that we are looking back from a point in the far future where everything has already happened.  The vapor trail, along with the altitude of the aircraft being such that is is not visible from the ground, as well as the hand-held i-pad, tell us we are far into Nathan’s/Shepzoy’s future.  The car could have been rusting away in the bog for quite a long time before the lingering energies stumbled upon it.  We think Lara is in our present day, but is she?  Perhaps we have entered this story at an even later time when we are viewing some other future entity’s past event(s)?

In contrast to the stability of the land, the ‘echoes’ of people and events are not rooted anywhere and are surfacing anywhere, anytime with no constraints of time or continuity.

As for the boys being found so easily after they had been buried in a landslide …. At the time we see it, over three generations have passed. The earth continues to shift and settle. As we encounter 1894, the earth is being torn at, unsettling what lies beneath. However, this author would caution you to enjoy the creativity of the story and cease trying to turn it into a pleasing scientific or logical study. There are documentaries for that. Let’s set aside skepticism and exchange it for mystery.

“We are thinking of it as an alternate universe where all the happenings in that location are bound to the farm, Shepzoy, and over generations have been held in a kind of limbo-like, energy field, where they pass over and through each other, sometimes encountering each other in the same space and time, and sometimes not. These entities (ghosts) are from Nathan’s perspective, and can be either in his distant past or in his descendants’ pasts, looking back from a point in the far future. And that perspective follows his blood-line, his own genetic history.

There seems to be evidence of some psychic ability in Nathan’s progeny.  Perhaps an event happened to him, himself, in his youth, and he determined to avoid it, to prove it impossible.  There are hints that Gabriel had visions of future events.  There are hints that Nathan’s mother had some kind of foresight, as well.  We are told that Lara and her mother were also visited with this ability.  Perhaps Ashley had it in mind to give us a deeper look into Nathan’s struggle.  Perhaps we will have the opportunity one day to learn more.  Perhaps …..


(Screen captures from BBC video The Living and The Dead, all credit to their creative team with thanks)




6 comments on “Perspective … A Point of View

  1. Twosocks says:

    Yes, yes, and yes! To me this is what makes this story so intriguing. I am not a fan of horror, but this has so much more than ‘I’m stuck in this creepy old house and something is trying to kill me.’ Both Shepzoy and the Applebys have quite a connection.

    I do kind of hope Ashley Pharoah gives us a little more about this interesting place and it’s people. I almost wish there was a ‘bibliography’ with this as I would love to know what books he read. I seem to be finding the Victorians actually interesting.

    As for finding the boys, I assumed it was the entrance that was buried. Ebeneezer says he heard their cries for days. We don’t see them actually redigging the entrance so maybe they had better tools. And, obviously, they wanted to show the general lack of concern for the poor. Yes, children worked, sometimes in awful conditions. We are fortunate today that we don’t have to do this here.

    Great review!

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    • Thank you, Joan. That means a lot. I have been returning to this endeavor far more than I expected to when it was first being promoted. Nathan certainly deserves to be remembered among Colin’s most interesting creations. ❤


  2. I like your perspective on this, Suntse. I stopped thinking about how the events in this series correlated because my head was starting to spin. 🙂 Your comments are helpful in putting some of them in some sort of potential context. Thank you.

    And yes, I do hope Ashley will be able to tell us what he had in mind for continuing Nathan and Charlotte’s story one day. And, of course, we can all revisit this when Colin wins his BAFTA for his performance in Episode 6….right? 🙂

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    • Right !! Absolutely !


    • Jen, you may have noticed I have been away for awhile. It was for the same reason. I was having trouble sorting out the events at Shepzoy … and even if I didn’t get them sorted the way Ashley Pharoah intended, at least it gave me a place to rest my spinning head. 🙂 This is one of the most intricate plots Colin has done, and it will remain among my favorites. 🙂


  3. Twosocks says:

    Amen to the BAFTA for episode six! And, Suntse, I liked that you talked about the whole Appleby family seeming to have some sort of connection to the paranormal. Gabriel was drawing those figures while he was still alive. And he was still there three generations later. And, apparently, Nathan never really left Shepzoy after he died either. Every time I watch the series (there’s been a few!), I find new little details. When Harriette asks about Nathan’s patients in London, he seems to indicate that many were involved in paranormal activity. He was already probing these kinds of things. Charlotte’s comment about ‘when you’re helping people. . .” Colin’s projects always have so many layers. Thanks again for the review!


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