The interesting concept behind this rather gruesome episode is; How far does one go into the shadow of ones own soul? The poor girl at the beginning was entirely too enraptured by facing her own death to save herself.Others who follow the catspaw vampiric priest of a Manson like villain are in effect using the knowledge of the dark side of themselves as an excuse not to come back from the shadow and live. One might spend this episode wondering at the intellect of such types but surrounding oneself in darkness is supposed to create the inner knowledge to also embrace the light. Not everyone is strong enough to do this Jung was that strong. Poe was brave (Read SILENCE to see the point) but unable to come out of the shadow. This brings us to the central point. This episode was not an allegory about Goths or S/M (One isn't spanked into the next world) It is however something of a map of drugs and the willingness to blindly follow those who give the appearance of power. The dark way leads to death only if one gives up the self.
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