The Viceroy Cometh! Truthfully, I wondered if we were ever going to meet the big man in charge in Indian Summers, but here we are in the 4th episode and he arrives in style played by Patrick Malahide (long-time PBS viewers will remember Malahide from George Eliot’s Middlemarch where he played Rev. Edward Casaubon). He babbles on to Ralph about the situation back in England and how happy he is to back in India. And he really wants to meet Madeleine! Cynthia has kept him well informed about Ralph’s love life. He reminds Ralph he’s now 30, it is past time for him to stop having fun, to settle down and find a wife.
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Let’s start off by saying there was not nearly enough of Chad in this episode. I really enjoyed the heavy nods to The Shining and Silence of the Lambs, though. And, let’s be honest, they went off the deep end in the best way this week!
In the third episode of Indian Summers, things are getting even more mysterious and complicated in Simla this week. Ralph Whelan offers a fully recovered Aafrin an opportunity to rise higher within the ranks of the Civil Service, the job of Head Clerk. Ralph asks Aafrin where he sees himself in 5 years; does he want to be a Magistrate, District controller? Aafrin can’t believe his luck! It all sounds suspiciously like a bribe, albeit a bribe where Aafrin has to take an exam that costs money and learn to ride a horse, but a bribe nevertheless. The Sipi affair is about to take place and Cynthia has been running around trying to ‘recreate afternoon tea at Claridge’s in the Himalayas,’ which includes cucumber sandwiches. Always able to multi-task, Cynthia tries to bond with Alice, by bringing up childhood memories. Alice, unfortunately, doesn’t remember those times and she takes offense when Cynthia, not so subtlety, brings up the inquest. ‘And in your position, I wouldn’t remember a thing.’ Alice gets her back up, she doesn’t like being threatened or manipulated. Cynthia seems to have misjudged Alice and is not thrilled by the outcome of their conversation.
Let’s be honest—this episode did not have nearly enough of Dean Munsch in it. At all. AHEM. As Always, Spoilers Ahead!
As usual, pretty much everyone except for Grace is being creepy as HELL. And Grace and Pete are continuing their search for Bathtub Baby.
As the title of this episode claims, there’s a whole hell of a lot of chainsaws that show up. I’m all about a theme, and I’m totally loving the nods to both the 80s and the 90s and the camp factor being out of this world. Scream Queens is working really hard to make us suspect anyone and everyone. I’m torn on that note, because typically if some character is going “OMG, it MUST be Diego (who’s actually Pete. My bad)!” it means that’s exactly who the killer isn’t. But, since this show is determined to accuse every single character, logically it still has to be one of them. Horror/mystery rules generally dictate that the killer has to be introduced before the story reaches 25%, so if that holds true, then one of them has to be the killer.
As always, spoilers ahead!
Last night, Masterpiece Theatre unveiled a super-sized episode of Indian Summers. We are plunged immediately into the action in the Himalayan hill station of Simla in 1932. Alice Whelan, fleeing a faithless husband in England and passing herself off as a widow, arrives with her baby, where her brother Ralph is private secretary to the Viceroy. On the train she meets a rather nice missionary named Dougie Raworth who is traveling with Sarah, his harridan of a wife, and their young son. While Dougie is full of compassion, Sarah is definitely not a good person, a racist, and not to be trusted. The train unexpectedly stops in the middle of nowhere. Dougie and his assistant Leena leave the train to find out what the problem is. It turns out that a small boy has been left on the railway track, poisoned for being a half caste. Dougie and his assistant Leena save him, calling him Adam. Sarah is not happy at being left behind on the train without a word from her husband. It’s clear that something is going on between Leena and Dougie. I would suggest that Dougie work on his poker face when it comes to his wife.
I’ve been excited about Scream Queens since I heard that Jamie Lee Curtis was cast in the roll of the Dean. I mean, she’s Scream Queen royalty. If she agreed to the show, it HAS to be great, right? Yeah, the two-hour premier didn’t disappoint. It’s campy horror at its finest. I had to take some time to really think about it, though, because they threw everything but the kitchen sink at us.
This year seems to be the year of the campy horror television shows. MTV’s Scream has really pulled it off, and it’s impossible to avoid comparing the two, especially since they’re giving such heavy nods to past horror movie franchises. As Scream’s horror guru Noah says—the only way a slasher TV show would work is if viewers are invested in the characters.
But first, let’s get to the set up.
Fair warning – spoilers abound!