I sort of loved this episode. Probably my favorite episode of WoEE ever. Just the right amount of camp and humor. Who doesn't love a good Edgar Allen Poe story?
Look you guys, for future reference, if you ever find me possessed by a murderous scary-eyed spirit, use the magic box to kill me and move along. The idea that Joanna and Wendy were worried Freya would be angry she had been killed after being irreversibly possessed and going on a murder spree (including killing Aunt Wendy) is absolutely ridiculous, and rubbed on my nerves. I suppose I shouldn't really hold it against the writers for using whatever tricks they had to tell us what happened back in the 1800s, but really... do better. Thankfully it wasn't enough to ruin this episode for me.
Baltimore. 1848. Freya was around so Joanna and Wendy would have someone to tell the story to. Wendy was around to throw jokes when needed, and I don't know what Joanna contributed besides it being her idea and box retrieval.
Daniel as Edgar was so much fun. I couldn't get enough of the insanity that Killian was Mr. Poe in a past life, with a rockstar level mustache to boot. In this life Killian is a pianist, Poe was a writer, and was 80s Killian a dancer? All art forms, and that ties together ever so nicely. Poe sort of made Freya very very stupid, though. Breaking the code, skipping work to read his cards and summoning dead spirits wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Present day Killian has the worst plot ever. Every time it cuts to that story, I have to resist the urge to fast forward. Even after forcing myself to sit through it, I don't really have much to say about it except, Eva Jr going on and on about how great Freya and Killian's connection is was very strange.
Dash is definitely sleeping with the agent in charge of solving the murder he committed. Her name is Raven. The Raven is an Edgar Allen Poe story. Coincidence? Anyway, Dash is really the worst at covering up his crimes. Ingrid set him up with that whole submerged doll in the mason jar, then Dash went throwing his brother around the room and shattered his cover up. It's been all down hill from there. Letting the investigator into his house for kinky casual sex, leaving the goo in the fireplace, and probably using his own key card/password/whatever to get into the morgue to a little dentistry on his victim. Yea, I don't see this going badly for him at all.
Meanwhile back at casa de Beauchamp, Ingrid has been hatching a plan to trick her grandfather into believing she is on his side, wants to return to Asgard and be with him so that she can get close enough to get rid of him. I was excited to find out that she wasn't going to annoyingly betray her family for a grandparent that she only knows terrible things about and while Ingrid would be the character I last expected to pull something like this I don't find it entirely unbelievable, so I guess I'll just have to enjoy the ride. It's also sort of lovely that out of all of these characters there is at least one who only needs herself for a plan. No trips through time or magic killing boxes or creepy blue sex monsters. Ingrid going to Dash for help makes more sense now that everyone else is traipsing through time than it has in the past. I mean if you want help with killing someone, who better to ask than someone you know has killed before, right? Maybe in return for the killing tips, she will give him some lessons on how to cover his tracks.
3.5 out of 4 Beating Hearts
Hoop skirts and Opium Dens
The king needed a beating heart to perform a spell. Edgar Allen Poe wrote a short story called The Tell-Tale Heart about a man haunted by phantom heartbeats of the man he murdered and buried under his floor.
So Ingrid and her grandfather have always had a connection (according to Joanna), but Freddie was the one that stayed in Asgard with him. Sure, that makes sense.
Joanna had a serious opium addiction in 1848, after Victor left. It was refreshing seeing her in a situation where she wasn't the perfect matriarch we've come to expect. She was still there to save the day, though. Addiction be damned.
This weeks ick factor award goes to Dash pulling the teeth out of that corpse.
Frederick still can't seem to pull himself together and make a decision. He's evil. He's good. He's evil. He's good. Pick a side, princess. By the way, what happened to his girlfriend? Is she still hanging out in his room bleeding and carrying out about how much she trusts him or was she only written in so that Freddie could seem that much more ambiguous?
Joanna: "I can't believe he would bring you both back just to harm you. He obviously wants something. I just don't know what it is, and I don't want to know."
Freya: "Where the hell are we?"
Joanna: "Don't you mean when the hell are we?"
Wendy: "Haha. I was wondering who was going to say that first."
Killian: "I will pay anything. Name your price."
Voodoo Guy: "It'll cost you your life."
Talk about your dramatic fine print.
Freya: "What is this? Some kind of night club?"
Wendy: "More like an opium den and brothel."
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