Castle Rock: Season 1, Episode 6 Recap and Review

Normally, Wednesday is not a noteworthy day.

It is true that she can be distinguished from her ugly, mean, cruel sister by the name of Monday.

She is not Tuesday, which is really Monday in disguise.

However, she does not even have the title of Friday Eve, like Tuesday.

And she sure is not that sexy, elusive motherfucker by the name of Friday.

But now, Wednesday has something to set her apart from her sisters now.

It makes her unique.  It makes her stand out.

And that something is the show Castle Rock.

The anticipation begins to build within me throughout the week.

Every morning, I wake up.

As the radio alarm blares out the annoying music our local station plays and my dogs start barking and demanding that I get up, I take a moment to reflect upon what day it is.

As the week goes on, my hope builds up.

And finally, it is Wednesday.

I may have to drag myself out of bed and do my half ass attempts at “adulting,” but at least I know that I can come home, plop down on the couch, and spend approximately the next 53 minutes or so in the world that is the love child of JJ Abrams and Stephen King.

And then the cycle begins all over again once I am done.

I love it, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So join me in my recap and review of episode 6, titled Filter.

And, as always:

 

Synopsis

The episode begins with Alan and The Kid.  The Kid tells Alan that he can help Ruth, but only if Alan can retrieve the car that Warden Lacy passed away in.  Alan agrees, but the car is now located in a junkyard in Syracuse, so Alan makes a trip to retrieve it.

Henry heads to the bus station to meet his son Wendell.  He and Wendell return to the Deaver home, so that Wendell can spend some time with Ruth.   While Ruth, Henry and Wendell are standing in the kitchen, The Kid makes an appearance in the backyard.  He appears to be wearing the suit that Reverend Deaver was buried in.

The Kid is dropped off at Juniper Hill, a local mental hospital, by Henry.  Henry hopes that The Kid can recover his memories.

Later that evening, Wendell asks his father who his biological parents were.  Henry avoids the questions, and tells his son that Ruth is his “real” mother.

Alan arrives at the junkyard.  He offers a man $500 for Warden Norton’s vehicle, but the man refuses.  Alan then takes the vehicle from the man by gunpoint, as he is desperate to help Ruth.

Henry begins to wonder about his past and speaks to Molly.  Molly tells Henry that he hated his dad, and that she experienced his emotions on the night he disappeared, although she claims to have not seen what happened.  Molly also drops another bombshell:  she was actually responsible for the death of Henry’s father, although she was under Henry’s control when it happened.  Henry does not believe any of this and calls Molly crazy, and storms off.

Henry then decides to explore the woods where he disappeared, after viewing some old video tapes of his childhood, courtesy of The Kid.  In the woods, he encounters two men.  The first is a young man named Willie.  The other man is an older, deaf man named Odin.  Willie functions as Odin’s interpreter, as Odin communicates using sign language, although he is able to read lips.

Odin, via Willie, tells Henry that he knew Henry’s father.  Odin and Reverend Deaver believed that in order to get close to God, one must spend time in the outdoors.  Odin then begins to speak of something he refers to as the “schisma.”  The “schisma” is described as an idea that people can hear our universe attempting to reconcile itself with other, alternate versions of reality.  The “schisma” is bringing the “other” timelines into reality.

Apparently, some people can hearing the schisma, via a ringing in their ears.  Henry is one of those people.  Henry’s father was attempting to build a device called a “Filter” before he died.  The Filter is a soundproof chamber, which would allow people to hear the schisma.  Henry’s father was not successful in building this device, but Odin and Willie were successful.

Odin and Willie lead Henry into their RV and show Henry The Filter.  They then shove Henry into the chamber.  Henry experiences a series of flashbacks and begins to scream.

Alan returns to Castle Rock.  On the radio, he hears news that there has been a fire in Juniper Hill.  Several patients are dead and some have escaped.  When Alan returns home, he finds The Kid waiting for him.  The Kid has a gash in his arm and asks Alan why he was left in the trunk.  Ruth and Wendell are also missing, and there is blood on the floors and smoke coming from the kitchen.

My Thoughts

Yeah, so we have a bunch to unpack here.

Unfortunately, none of that baggage includes a certain demonic clown’s cute lil tushie.

For this week, at any rate.

It’s been a while since one episode of television has actually made me need a shower.  Being a fan of The Master, I suppose I am a little jaded.

So demonic clowns, haunted hotels, graveyards that bring animals (and people if you are really lucky) back to life.  Sometimes, I feel like I have seen it all.

Until episode 6.

So.  Much.  Disturbing.

Well, let us start off with Bill Skarsgard and his character The Kid.

The Kid to last week’s performance:  bet I can’t be creepier this week.

This week’s performance:  here, hold my Wonder Bread…

To think, Bill Skarsgård has had such a sparse amount of dialogue in this show.

And in this episode, he has said more words than he has in the entire season.  And it’s still pretty sparse.

(Interesting footnote:  It seems The Kid can actually speak in complete sentences around Alan and actually sort of sound human.  I have a funny feeling that this is not accidental, and we probably need to pay close attention to the upcoming episodes.  PSA over.)

But Skarsgård has made this character memorable.  I think the lack of dialogue from his character is actually a good thing, because it makes the actor have to be more creative in bringing his character to the screen.

Bill Skarsgård has done an admirable job of this.  Sometimes The Kid conveys a sense of menace.  The scene at Juniper Hill when the crow drops dead out of nowhere and falls out of the sky is an example of this.  No words come out the character’s mouth, but I still got a chill down my spine when I watched this scene.

The Kid also looked at Alan with that dead eyed look again, and asked him why he locked him that trunk…

*shudder*

The scene where The Kid just stands in the back yard.  In Reverend Deaver’s old suit.  And Ruth only seems to care about that suit.

I mean, a guy just standing in your yard, staring into the window, with that dead eyed look.

And the suit is what catches your eye?

The Kid.  Just staring inside.  As Henry’s teenage son is sitting at the table.

Per the words of a certain famous cereal company in the universe of The Master:  Nope, nothing wrong here!

And speaking of Ruth…

This episode had lots of Ruth moments.  And I loved that.

My favorite moment was that moment with the chess pieces.

Wendell notes that some pieces are missing.  Ruth tells him that she uses those pieces as place markers, so that she knows that she is still tethered to “reality,” whatever that may be (more about that in a minute.)

In other words, slippage, anyone?

Or maybe someone has become “unstuck” in time?

On the surface, Ruth appears to be suffering from dementia.  And maybe she really is.

But, this is a Stephen King story (well, not written by The Master, but set in the multiverse, so same difference) after all.

And if you know Stephen King even a little bit, nothing is what it seems.

So perhaps Ruth is not only suffering from dementia.  Or maybe she is not suffering from it at all.  Perhaps there is something (or someone) else at work.

Now, let’s talk about the someone or something(s) else…

Yes, I will take Odin and Willie for $19, Alex!

Oh, boy.

As I said before, plenty to unpack right here.

Odin and Willie are definitely baggage.

CJ Jones is actually deaf, and casting him to play Odin…

Genius!

There was just something about Willie describing the “schisma” (although I really think the right term is “thinny,” but I don’t want to get too ahead of myself here), but interpreting it through Odin’s sign language.  It added something extra.

(Although things are starting to sound a little Hawaiian, if I do say so myself.)

The whole concept of a sound proof chamber, and purposely making oneself deaf in order to hear whatever this noise…

Well, it is pretty creepy.  Frightening, really.

I am a little dense, so I spent a moment wondering about those hot pokers…

Oh, derp.  You use those to purposely take away your hearing so you can hear the schisma, aka the voice of God (or is it Gan?) knows what!  My bad!

Then, Henry is shoved into that contraption that his father was never able to finish building.

But he had his good friend Odin, who has the courtesy to remind us that he is not deaf, he is perfect!

So Henry slips down some kind of rabbit hole.

What kind of rabbit hole is unknown, at least right now.

And my wait for the next episode begins…

Aaaarrrgggghhhh!

Well, that’s it for Filter.

Join me next week for the recap and review of episode 7, titled The Queen.

Tune in next week…

Same bat time, same bat channel!

 

 

 

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