I was ok with Maryrose’s reasoning or motivations to have a few holes in it. In fact, I mentioned last week that her way of going about things was a bit dubious when you sit down and really think about it. But it didn’t bother me. For me, Shadows House is fun and stylish enough that I can overlook a few plotholes and shaky character motivations.
I was completely prepared to have fun with this episode more or less regardless of what reveals it dished out.
Or so I thought!
I really only have one thing to say. This is cool. This is very cool. Once again, if you haven’t watched this week’s Shadows House, go and watch it. I’m about to blow the lid off this…popsicle stand? How does that expression go?
The idea that the Shadows essentially take over the living dolls’ bodies, killing the human in the process isn’t all that spectacular. All things considered, it’s perfectly in line with everything we know about Shadows House and kind of predictable when you think about it. I didn’t predict it though. In fact, even after it was said, I was still convinced that I had seen adult Shadows alongside their faces. hadn’t. I went over all my screencaps for the first season. It’s either one or the other, never both together! Forshadow! awesome.
Obviously, since I wasn’t expecting it, I was a little floored and grimly delighted by this. But I think that even if you were expecting it, it’s a fabulous reveal.
You see, this is the type of reveal that not only explains everything but manages to ramp up the stakes exponentially without it feeling forced. Of course, Maryrose is going to do some very questionable things, it’s a matter of life and death! Of course, she might be a bit irrational here and there, she’s panicking! Wouldn’t you under those circumstances? I would!
And Shadows house is great at giving away just enough information to not frustrate you but making sure it brings up a lot more questions. For instance, how does Maryrose know this? I’m thinking this is where we don’t talk about Christopher comes in. I bet he discovered some secrets and then got disappeared! Does anyone else know? Does Barabara? Barbie cares a lot about her master but Barabara herself seems more aloof.
However, that also brings up another question. Apart from a few exceptions, like Sarah, most of the shadows seem really attached to their faces. Wouldn’t they also rebel if they knew? Is this unification ritual voluntary or do they get locked in that box against their will and the only way to survive is to get on with it? And also why is it the Shadows’ ultimate goal? I assume taking over a human body stabilizes them and gives them some more power. I would buy that. But there could be another reason… All really good questions, but do we even have time for questions now? Everything just got way more urgent!
Oh and another thing, did I understand correctly that Edward was also in the children’s ward with Barabara and Maryrose? Fr some reason, that seems significant.
We saw an unfortunate failed unification at the end of the episode. For a second I thought t might be Christopher, or Anthony I guess but the hair is different. So I’m not sure who that was ad if we were supposed to recognize them.
- Shadows House episode 1 – Emilico
- Shadows House episode 2 – Impure
- Shadows House episode 3 – Broken
- Shadows House episode 4 – Murder
- Shadows House episode 5 – Bearer
- Shadows House episode 6 – Proposal
- Shadows House episode 7 – Sunshine
- Shadows House episode 8 – Revelation
- Shadows House episode 9 – Reunion
- Shadows House episode 10 – Fairies
- Shadows House episode 11 – Human
- Shadows House episode 12 – Escape?
- Shadows House episode 13 – Caesura