Inspector Lewis: Season 4, Episode 4

Falling Darkness (26 Sep. 2010)
"Lewis" Falling Darkness (original title)

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During a Halloween one of Dr. Hobson's old college roommates is found with a stake through her heart and a garlic bulb in her mouth.



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One Halloween, Ligiea Willard, stem-cell researcher and ex-roommate of Laura Hobson, is killed on her way to a reunion with Laura and another old friend named Ellen Jacoby. Her work attracted protests, and she was about to go public on shady practices at her institute. Psychic Ursula Van Tressell senses the killing and exorcises a house where the three women once lived at its owners' request. The next day, a resident is found slain, and a message on the fridge urges to find Mary Gwilliam, who was also murdered after trying to phone Laura. Mary was a nurse at a mental hospital where another of Laura's roommates--and boyfriend--died. After an unsuccessful attempt to kill Ellen, Lewis, her boyfriend, realizes that Laura has not been honest with him. But is she a killer? Written by don @ minifie-1

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In keeping with the Halloween setting several character names allude to the horror/ mystery genre. Victor Clerval combines Victor Frankenstein and his friend Henry Clerval. Madeleine Escher evokes Madeline in Edgar Allen Poe's Fall Of The House Of Usher. Ligeia is a story by Poe which also features Rowena Trevanion. Van Tessel evokes Katrina Van Tassel in Washington Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Jonathan Corwin was an important inquisitor in the Salem Witch Trials. Ken Strickfaden was a film effects designer, notably on the iconic laboratory sets for Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). See more »


DI Robert Lewis: It's stem cells you're involved in here? Is that right?
Professor Rufus Strickfaden: With a view to the treatment of progressive degenerative illnesses, that's right. Hello. Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, motor neurone disease, MS.
DI Robert Lewis: Important work.
Professor Rufus Strickfaden: We like to think so.
DI Robert Lewis: But not without its critics.
DI Robert Lewis: Professor Strickfaden?
Professor Rufus Strickfaden: Science is about the pursuit of truth. That *always* threatens someone.
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References The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) See more »


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Great Gothic episode with Lynsey Baxter stealing the show
1 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Nice episode, of which the best bit was picking up all the references to classic horror films/novels in the character names & dialogue...

Mrs RENFIELD (Dracula) Ms VON TESSEL (Sleepy Hollow) CLERVAL (Frankenstien) Ligeia/Madeline/Roddy (Roderick) (all Edgar Alen Poe characters)

..and the killers final line as he falls from the balcony 'we belong dead' is from BRIDE OF FRANKSTIEN when the creature pulls the level to destroy Frankenstien & Pretorious.

Oh, and it all took place on HALOWEEN

I'm sure there's more....

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