for your answers
to my Poltergeist:
The Legacy nit-picks. I did say I had plenty
more where those came from, so here goes... Don't say I didn't
Why is it that Derek seems to know a good proportion of the
victims in the first season? It's usually an old friend, or
a friend of a friend, or some such, that calls Derek and asks
him to look into some spooky goings-on. As he's supposed to
work for a secret organisation it's a little worrying how
many people just call him up and ask him to come and look
into something. Remember, the Legacy organisation is hidden
behind a charitable organisation that funds archaeologists'
digs and restores old artefacts, etc. It looks like a pretty
poor cover story, as everyone knows who to call when their
friends are possessed.
2) SPOILER ALERT! In the episode
Sins of the Father, can you explain what the ending
is all about? The bare bones (no pun intended) of the plot
is that a guy called Michael (another one who knows Derek)
is charged with abusing his son. Someone has been beating
the kid up, but it is not Michael - it is a poltergeist. (Hurrah,
a poltergeist-based story - about bloody time!) It transpires
that the poltergeist is a dead boy who was also Michael's
son. The man's previous girlfriend committed suicide and their
son drowned. At the end of the tale Michael offers up his
life to stop the poltergeist plaguing his living son. Where
is the justice in this? Michael has done nothing wrong. It's
not his fault that his girlfriend killed herself, nor his
fault that his son drowned. So why does everyone think that
him giving up his life is a fair deal?
In The Tenement, a landlord is made, by the courts,
to live in his own block of flats while they are being refurbished.
The tenants all move out and he moves in. Is that normal?!
Can a court do this - especially when he has made it clear
that he employs someone to look after the building (basically
subletting it to someone else)?
4) Also in this episode, Nick has issues with sending Alex
into the field on her own without backup. Where has he been
for the last several episodes? Alex is always going off on
her own on missions while all the others handle other missions
In The Thirteenth Generation, Derek just happens to
be giving a guest lecture on witchcraft in an area where strange
witchcrafty goings-on are... er... going on. A girl who has
experienced some odd things instantly spills her guts to Derek.
Why? As far as she is concerned, he is just a guest lecturer
and would probably be of no help. Would you tell someone you
don't know something that might get you locked away as a nutcase?
I suppose I should be thankful that, for once, this isn't
one of Derek's old friends!
more nit-picks to come...!
Many of Derek's friends also have dealings with the Legacy,
or move within those circles. For example, Derek's buddy in
The Crystal Scarab is also an archaeologist and is
well versed in the powers of ancient artefacts. The fact that
Derek shares the Legacy's secrets with such specialists isn't
really surprising or a breach of security. It's not like he's
spilling the beans to all his mates down the pub.
If I was Derek, though, I might get a bit miffed that his
friends keep calling upon his expertise during his personal
time. It's like any other skilled profession, as when chums
of IT specialists ask whether they could take a look at their
faulty computer, because "you know about that sort of stuff,
don't you?" or when pals of proofreaders ask whether they
could have a gander at a book or a letter they're writing,
because "you know about all that spelling and punctuation
malarkey", or when mates of sci-fi columnists ask whether...
No, wait, hang on... I was forgetting, I don't have any mates.
I don't think anyone actually shrugs this off as a case of
"hey, shit happens". Michael has hidden his past from his
wife and child, and while it's not his fault that his old
girlfriend and son died, the poltergeist seems to crave attention,
as though the ghost is angry that Michael never told people
about his past. Once Michael has told his family and owned
up to his role - however small - in the tragedy, the ghost
leaves them alone. Michael's offer of self-sacrifice is a
demonstration of a parent's genuine love for his offspring.
The fact that he would give his life to save his surviving
son implies that he would have done the same for his dead
son if he could.
The courts probably can do this. It depends on how good each
side's lawyers are! The fact that the landlord employs someone
else to look after the building is neither here nor there
- at the end of the day, he is one who is ultimately responsible
for the block's safety. He is also trying to prove a point
that the building is indeed safe to occupy.
In the previous cases where Alex has gone out on her own it
has usually been to small investigations where little or no
threat is involved. Nick expresses his (entirely justified)
concerns about her welfare only three episodes after the pilot,
so he hasn't taken that long to speak up.
Sometimes it's good to unburden yourself to a stranger. Also,
if you had a spooky encounter, wouldn't you want to talk to
someone who seems to have a good knowledge of such things?
If you went to the police or the FBI or whoever, they might
not take you seriously, whereas a man who appears to make
his living from lecturing on the occult would be most unlikely
to try to get you sectioned for telling him about an odd experience
that you have had.