and for my last post before returning from vacation, i had some thoughts on a recent episode of supernatural. first season — don’t remember the episode number — but it’s called “the benders” and, for those of you who enjoy cross-show continuity, it guest-stars jessica steen who played dr julia heller on earth 2, a sadly short-lived show which nbc killed in much the same way as cbs did moonlight.
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but the torchwood episode promo’d there, called “countrycide” and from the first season, is chilling. (probably best not to watch this clip if you don’t want to see the end of the episode. it will still be scary, i guarantee you, but it might lack a bit of punch.)
and i’m pretty sure this isn’t just me; it’s the same damn story bar the cages. and the fact that i find the torchwood episode much scarier — that could just be me. i’m deeply prejudiced in torchwood‘s favor. and i realise that this is a common storyline in dark fantasy and horror: inbred families — outlaws, deserters, genetic mutants, it’s your choice, really — of some sort who live in the woods — mountaintop, valley, distant moor, name your favorite deserted location — and nab passersby — on a regular, cyclic, or irregular basis — to eat — have sex with, sacrifice, etc. — and therefore form part of a local legend — ghost story, myth, scare the children story — or what-have-you.