3 1/2 * mostly a placeholder, plot advancing episode than anything, hinting just a little more at the negative ambience surrounding the hospital....there are also some good gothic/spook touches (which unfortunately includes a mutilated dog), and the scene with the psychic malingerer guiding the dying woman to the light is moving...all in all a decent frame for things to come....mwahahaha....
If you weren't so sure about the series for the pilot, please, check this one out. A lot of clues being chased down and leaving us with bits of horror everywhere! The suspense, the humour, everything works here. Don't think about the quality here, it's 1994, and as I've been saying: definitely not the focus.
La narrativa se recupera, los incidentes logran crear esa atmósfera incierta que causa cierto desagrado. La pareja de los lavaplatos y sus guías de lectura cobran cierta fuerza para el manejo de la historia. Ahora podemos presenciar de manera enfática ese egocentrismo patológico propio del director, ese narcisismo volcado en personajes aferrados a una causa infantil aún y cuando ello signifique experimentar dolor.
Second episode begins to introduce the horror aspect alongside the continuing deadpan humour of the first. Having established a heightened "anything can happen" atmosphere from the outset, the slide towards over-the-top supernatural phenomenon is a logical one. Throughout, Trier will make great use of the dark "labyrinthine" corridors & empty spaces of the hospital as a backdrop to some strange & disturbing imagery.
In the second chapter we begin to see where we are being led. Our characters become more flesh out and we the audience are already picking our favourites. The fish out of water Stig, the picked on secret puppetmaster Stig, the ever present Mrs Drusse and the dim witted administrator. And beneath all else the element of the supernatural and the feeling of dread. Kind of the filler before all hell breaks loose.