Ghosts: S1.E2. – “Gorilla War”

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Screen Capture: "Ghosts."

The second episode of the British comedy “Ghosts” dropped Monday, 22 April 2019. With a teleplay written by Laurence Rickard, the Tom Kingsley directed “Gorilla War” picks up shortly after the series premiere “Who Do You Think You Are?” After experiencing a near-fatal fall from a second floor window, Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) can now see and hear the house’s dead former residents.

Simon Farnaby, Jim Howick, Martha Howe-Douglas, Ben Willbond, Katy Wix, Charlotte Ritchie, Mathew Baynton, Laurence Rickard, Kiell Smith-Bynoe, and Lolly Adefope in Ghosts (2019). Image Credit: IMDb.

The gaggle of ghosts, representative of various historical periods, are adamant the new owners of their home should leave Button House forthwith. “There’s a cave one, an Army one and one with no pants on,” Alison said, “and a first from Cambridge.”

Now that the ghosts know Alison can see and hear them, they attempt to use this to their advantage. They try to get Alison and her husband, Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe), to leave their home. I guess they do not understand the phrase “possession is nine tenths of the law” does not apply to ghosts.

Alison sees dead people everywhere

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Screen Capture: Paul Cawley, Angela Yeoh and Charlotte Ritchie as the ghost Doctor, the living Doctor and Alison, respectively, , in the Tom Kingsley-directed Ghosts episode “Gorilla War.” The ghost nanny is not credited on the IMDb page.

Alison being able to see ghosts is not limited to Button House. At the hospital, there is the ghost of a doctor. In town, there is the ghost of a Victorian nanny with a pram. When Mike suggests calling someone, Alison asks, “Who are you gonna call?” This is an obvious reference to “Ghostbusters.”What do you expect? The series is about ghosts.

This is a Military Campaign

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Screen Capture: Ben Willbond as The Captain in the Tom Kingsley-directed Ghosts episode “Gorilla War.”

The Captain (Ben Willbond) thinks he can get the new residents to leave Button House by ordering them out. If it would work for men under his command during his time, it must work for these youngsters.

When The Captain sees a documentary on the television screen, he thinks it must be Christmas Day because this is his idea of Heaven. The Captain is overcome with delight. With his focus now on military documentaries, the Captain seems less interested in seeing Alison and Mike vacate the building.

The MP and the Internet

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Screen Capture: This is some of what Julian found on the Internet.

When Julian finally accesses the Internet, he discovers a few uncomfortable truths about his death and how the media perceives MP’s personal life. Because Julian considers himself an accomplished Member of Parliament and diplomat, the way in which he is depicted in the news is not how he sees himself. Julian does not yet know one should not always believe what one reads on the Internet.

The Do’s and Don’ts of being a Lady

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Screen Capture: Martha Howe-Douglas and Charlotte Ritchie as Lady Button and Alison, respectively, in the Tom Kingsley-directed Ghosts episode “Gorilla War.”

How exactly does a lady behave? From the way Lady Button (Martha Howe-Douglas) is treating Alison, it seems the new owner does not know how to behave like a lady. Alison is apparently doing everything a lady would not do. Because Lady Button continues to see herself as a member of the aristocracy, she has standards for her descendants.

Alison and Mike

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Screen Capture: Kiell Smith-Bynoe as Mike in the Tom Kingsley-directed Ghosts episode “Gorilla War.”

Mike finally believes his wife, Alison, can see ghosts. It took him seeing the keys on the laptop keyboard moving on their own for him to believe it. Not wanting Mike to freak out, Alison lies about the number of ghosts she can see in he basement.

Is there a trailer?

Final Thoughts

This episode, while the first one introduces the principle cast, sets the foundation for the series. With Alison being able to see and hear the ghosts, the narrative will can go in almost any direction. Everyone is getting what they want. Perhaps the ghosts will come to terms long enough for Alison and Mike to finish renovating the house into a hotel. “Ghosts” could possibly be an adult version of “Rent-a-Ghost” but significantly better.

With the series only two episodes into the first series, I have not yet determined which is my favourite character. If I where pushed into selecting one, at this moment, I believe it is the Captain.

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Screen Capture: An exterior shot of Button House.

The exterior shot of Button House, the real life West Horsley Place, reveals a magnificent example of mid-17th century facade applied to a 15th-century structure. It will make a wonderful hotel.

With there being only six episodes in the first series, lets hope there is a second set of six episodes to delight us.