Eric and Jameson discuss the harrowing sixth episode, “Rook.” This episode sees the great plague, referred to as the great mortality, arrive in Kingsbridge. The King learns that this plague is also responsible for his ultimate victory over France. Many character’s lives are thrown into upheaval, and many other seemingly “safe” characters are dead by the end of the episode.
This episode focuses on the much maligned Stephen King television movie “The Langoliers.” The Langoliers was adapted for a two-part TV movie in 1995. The TV movie starred Kate Maberly, Kimber Riddle, Patricia Wettig, Mark Lindsay Chapman, Frankie Faison, Baxter Harris, Dean Stockwell, David Morse, Christopher Collet and Bronson Pinchot.
The fifth episode in the World Without End miniseries sees a significant passage of time lead into the story of this episode. The English have been at war with the French for 7 years, our characters have moved on from the events that plagued their lives in previous episodes as the series moves into its third and final act. We see Ralph become a great war tactician; we finally get to spend some quality time with the King; Merthin has come into his own as a master builder, and the world experiences its first taste of a mysterious new disease with no cure or treatment.
We kick off our month of terror with a look at a pre-theatrical release of a film titled V/H/S, the newest addition to the found footage genre (I.E. Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project). This film features five miniature films directed by five separate production teams bookended by a sixth piece that attempts to weave all five short films together. Most of the films are at least moderately successful in their contributions to the genre, though none of them achieve that particular level of perfection we’ve come to expect. Check out this podcast and if you like what you hear, we encourage you to check out the movie!
Eric and Jameson discuss more of Godwin’s tactics to fuel his own agenda now that he is in power as Prior of Kingsbridge, and his looming bid for Bishop. A large portion of the conflict of this episode centered around Godwin’s desire to build himself a Bishop’s Palace on the same plot of land that Caris has dreamed of building a hospice for the sick. The body count continues to rise as Godwin and his terrible mother, Petranella, attempt to stop the people of Kingsbridge from reaching out to the King of England to sanction their hospice.
The gang at Completely Overrated reflects on the classic family film “The Goonies” and Jameson argues that, while the film may hold a special place in the hearts of those who grew up watching it, the film is only mildly entertaining to adult newcomers. Needless to say, a great debate ensues.