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)