Look at all the pretty lights. – Or flames. We open this episode with a creepy visual of a discarded plush toy laying amidst burning wreckage on a road. We don’t see this stuffed animal’s face but I’m instantly imbibed with a chill, I’m guessing this toy is “Pooka”. A disembodied voice echoes in a creepy whisper as an overlay of flashing red and blue lights instills the visual of police cars. A man lingers in the shadows, face captured by the neon prism of color.
Will has a new anti-smartphone agenda he wants to get all the other parents involved in at the next Parent’s Social Night. It’s time for them to make a pledge promising they won’t get their kids cellphones until eighth grade. Meanwhile, Douglas is trying to track down the person who stole his revered Ronald Reagan White House collectible pen at last year’s social night, as the title would suggest.
No kids this week as this episode centers entirely on the parents.
“Ronald Reagan’s White House Collectible Pen” was written by Ali Kinney and directed by Trent O’Donnell.
Tragedies don’t occur in a vacuum. If they did, the news wouldn’t be plastered with human trauma and plight at all hours of the day. When something terrible happens, there is a ripple effect. The Rainbow Experiment aims to chase down every single one of those ripples extending out from a science experiment gone terribly awry.
Featuring an impressive cast of 36 talented actors in principal roles, much more fill out the background of students, parents, law enforcement, and teachers, The Rainbow Experiment is an exercise in indulgence.
“Red Flags and Parades” is a fitting title for an episode that exposed a multitude of the gleaming red flags adorning John Meehan. Episode 2 of Dirty John was written by Evan Wright and once again directed by Jeffrey Reiner.
Since one of the most important motifs this week is the enigmatic red flag (for Debra anyways, who can’t seem to see them even when they’re waved in her face, but more on why that is later), I thought I would list some of the biggest ones of the episode…
This Friday, another episode of Into the Dark will drop on Hulu and I had the opportunity to interview the lead, Nyasha Hatendi (Casual, Black Earth Rising, The Front Runner), who plays the character of Wilson.
“Pooka”, the Christmas episode of the holiday-horror anthology series, is about a man struggling to find himself and turning to a new mascot job for the hottest toy of the season, only to get roped into a much darker turn of events than he could have ever anticipated.
Previsouly on All American, Coop and Spencer butted heads about Sean and how Coop is changing and being affected by running with him. She moved out of the James’ household and into Sean’s house. Due to Coop’s motivation though, Sean has begun to grow and change, he seeks out a job opportunity.
Back in Beverly, Layla and Asher have hit a rough spot in their relationship. Layla doesn’t like being complicit in Asher’s lies in regards to his family’s money problems. Jordan found out about Olivia and Asher’s past fling and it put a rift in their relationship, although they were able to overcome it. Layla also found out about Olivia’s feelings for Spencer but was unable to put her own aside and she and Spencer shared a steamy kiss, one that Olivia witnessed.
So we’ve tackled Halloween and Thanksgiving, up next for Hulu’s holiday horror anthology series, Into the Dark, is Christmas.
I’ll admit this episode did, at times, feel like a discarded Black Mirror script, but I don’t mean that in a bad way. Actually, this episode, film, whatever you want to call it, is, by far, my favorite of the three to air thus far. It’s a mixture between the dark cynical nature of Black Mirror and society’s addiction to technology, or in this case, toys (and Pooka is a technological based toy), that people relate to so well, a cerebral experience, absurdism, and a splash of B-movie antics and camp.