For those who may have missed things, and in the tradition of all good serials, here’s the story so far:
“It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, a shot rang out! A door slammed. The maid screamed!”
OK, ok. The Blackened Mirror isn’t written by Snoopy or nor is it riven by purple prose a-la Edward Bulwer-Lytton. however, it is a taut, Chandleresque TV series written by Da5id Abbott, featuring a fine twist of Steampunk stirred into a mix of film noir and H.P. Lovecraft.
So, what exactly has been going on?
In the first season, we were introduced to 1930’s hardboiled PI from the City of Angels, Hardland Quinn. He’d been approached by the mysterious Ms Alais Alleyn (Aisling Sinclair) to help in the resolution of a certain “predicament” she faced – namely the recovery of a certain something she requires to ease her passage, and that of her strange companion, Mr. Biggins (Mavromichali Szondi), “home”.
Initially unwilling to provide assistance, Quinn increasingly finds himself intrigued by the apparent contradictions in Ms. Alleyn, such as her American accent but use of British English and her decidedly Victorian her style of dress. As a result, he agrees to help them out, a decision he comes to regret as he finds himself taken on a journey through time and space – and into his own past. But by the time he does, he finds he has no choice but to see things through – a decision which leads to his capture by mysterious forces.
Season 2 rejoins the story with Quinn being held at the Redemption Asylum and under the somewhat sadistic thumb of his bespectacled doppelgänger, Adam. Unaware of how much time has passed, Quinn is unexpectedly freed from incarceration by Ms Alleyn and Mr. Biggins. Only their attempt at escape goes slightly awry as they find themselves facing the enigmatic Doctor, who sees Quinn as his key to immortality.
With more of Quinn’s own past emerging, the three use a timely distraction by Jacob Mitchell (Peter Jurasik), another part of Quinn’s mysterious past, to slip free of the Doctor’s clutches and find temporary shelter at Jacob’s house. Here the plot thickens a little more, although some questions are answered, such as how much time has passed since the final events seen in season one, and just what is Mr. Biggin’s first name actually is …
Reunions are interrupted, however, and Ms Alleyn, Mr. Biggins and Quinn are forced to make an escape using the resonator. But after the initial attempt requires Ms. Aisling to reset her device, Quinn makes a jump to Serph City … only to arrive decades into his future …
Now the story resumes and we find that … well, rather than me spoiling it all by telling you, why don’t you watch the episode yourself? If you want to catch-up on things in full beforehand, you can watch all of season 1 and the aired episodes of season 2 through these options: The Blackened Mirror website, the show’s Treet TV channel, on Aview TV or on YouTube.
Be sure as well to catch the last two episodes of the current season, “No More Angels”, which airs on Sunday February 2nd, and “Decisions”, which airs on Sunday February 9th, both at 14:00 SLT.