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Pilgrim 

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A woman invites re-enactors to produce an authentic first Thanksgiving for her family and friends. However, things take an unexpected turn when the actors refuse to break character.

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Marcus Dunstan

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Noah Feinberg (teleplay by), Marcus Dunstan (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Reign Edwards ... Cody
Kerr Smith ... Shane
Courtney Henggeler ... Anna
Peter Giles ... Ethan
Beth Curry ... Katherine
Antonio Raul Corbo ... Tate
Taj Speights ... Finn
Elyse Levesque ... Patience
Tessa Goss ... Diane
Dana L. Wilson ... Gina
Kathryn Taylor Smith ... Cody's Mom
David Mattey ... Big Pilgrim
Perry Smith ... Lady Pilgrim
Charles Currier Charles Currier ... Elder Pilgrim
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A woman invites re-enactors to produce an authentic first Thanksgiving for her family and friends. However, things take an unexpected turn when the actors refuse to break character.

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Horror | Thriller

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1 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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In Tate's room, you can see one of the Pooka dolls from Season 1 Episode 3: Pooka. See more »

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Not very frightening, but honest
3 November 2019 | by euphobicSee all my reviews

I quite enjoyed this piece. I am one of those grumpy anti-Thanksgiving people, and it isn't just based on celebrating that time the Natives Americans saved European settlers who turned around and slaughtered them. We are taught in elementary school that the pilgrims came here to find religious freedom, and then it isn't really touched on again once we are old enough to understand the harsher aspects of our history.

The pilgrims were Puritans. They believed in extreme austerity and supposed moral purity as defined by the most intense parts of the Old Testament, generally disregarding the teachings of love and forgiveness embraced by other Christians. They felt it was their duty to impose their version of the religion on everyone around them. They weren't seeking freedom for themselves, but wanted to get away from the freedom allowed to their peers back home. There were too few of them to force everyone around them into their strict lifestyle, so they felt they had to escape so that they could create a new home in order to control their community to the cruel and extreme degree they believed was right. To live in peace away from people who didn't appreciate being judged and threatened, who offended the Puritans by not choosing to live as if suffering were a virtue.

In this episode, the pilgrims come in with an invite with an unhappy past from which they are trying to escape. The people welcome them with no idea what to expect, assuming that they will follow the standard decency of their own culture. The pilgrims were not satisfied with the society they left, and want to practice their cruel and extreme lifestyle. They are polite at first, taking shelter in the homes of the modern natives (in this sense, Americans who are typical of the current culture, not a particular race). They attempt to sway each person to their own beliefs, and when their efforts fail, they force it upon their hosts. It is easily the most accurate portrayal I have ever seen of the attitudes of those "freedom seeking" settlers, and the comparison to the way it originally happened is apt.

I actually found the women of the family to be multi-dimensional, with good and bad aspects that the viewer can empathize with by the end if they wait to judge. The kid is sweet and cute, and brings out the best in the other characters. With typical American family bickering in the beginning, it is a relief that both love him and do their best by him.

As a horror movie, it isn't particularly scary and some of the gimmicks feel kind of forced, especially the ending. It's like they took a thriller and switched to gorefest at the climax. Both ends are decent, but the tonal shift is a little off-putting. But as commentary on the truth behind a part of our history we take for granted, I absolutely loved it.


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