NOS4A2: S01.E02. “The Graveyard of What Might Be”

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Screen Capture A scene in the AMC horror series NOS4A2
Screen Capture A scene in the AMC horror series NOS4A2



The second episode in the Jami O’Brien created series NOS4A2, directed by Kari Skogland, picks up where the first instalment leaves off.

NOS4A2 promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb.com
NOS4A2 promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb.com

SPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to see the second episode of NOS4A2, you might want to reconsider reading past this point of this article. There are SPOILERS AHEAD! Return to reading this article after you have seen “The Graveyard of What Might Be.”

An Unusual Job Application

The second episode opens with Bing Partridge (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) writing a letter inquiring about a job with Christmasland. A job is a job. Bing, according to himself, will do almost anything to work at Christmasland.

Screen Capture: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Bing Partridge in the AMC horror series NOS4A2
Screen Capture: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Bing Partridge in the AMC horror series NOS4A2

Even though Bing is a bear of a man with a heart of gold, he is somewhat gullible. He seems to accept what people tell him on face value.

After completing the letter, Bing experiences an odd vision of what he thinks is his parents dancing. It’s either close to Christmas or Christmas Eve. The lady drops to the ground and the man turns to face Bing. He is wearing a gas mask apparatus.

Bing runs to the basement where he encounters Daniel Moore (Asher Miles Fallica). Since his abduction, Daniel has grown significantly pale in complexion. There are dark rings around the boy’s eyes and his teeth have grown jagged.

Screen Capture: Asher Miles Fallica as Daniel Moore in the AMC horror series NOS4A2
Screen Capture: Asher Miles Fallica as Daniel Moore in the AMC horror series NOS4A2

 

There is little doubt, whatever it is Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto) is doing, has begun to have a seriously hazardous effect on the boy’s wellbeing. It’s a sign Manx is draining the boy’s soul. The more Daniel is in Manx’s company, the quicker the boy’s health will determinate.

Daniel hands Bing an invitation to Christmasland. This is not so much a job off as it is a job interview. Manx probably wants to see if the high school janitor can be trusted with the most mundane of tasks before allowing him to tackle bigger things. It was all a dream. Bing wakes up and he’s seated in his comfy chair. The man in the moon winks as Bing stares directly up at him.

Vic Confronts Her Father

At the tale-end of the first episode, we see Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings) use The Shorter Way to locate her father, Chris McQueen (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). Chris had walked out on his wife, Linda McQueen (Virginia Kull). He had become increasingly tired of his life. In his youth, Chris had harboured aspirations of becoming a composer. That was the only thing he had any real interest in pursuing but when Linda became pregnant with his child, any thoughts Chis had of studying music disappeared. Consequently, Chris drank heavily. His life is nothing like what he wanted for himself.

Screen Capture: Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Ashleigh Cummings as Chris McQueen and Vic McQueen, respectively, in the AMC horror series NOS4A2
Screen Capture: Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Ashleigh Cummings as Chris McQueen and Vic McQueen, respectively, in the AMC horror series NOS4A2

After Vic locates her father at Tiffany Jones’ (Jamie Neumann) residence, she confronts him about leaving her mother. Tiffany is a bartender. Chris and Tiffany seem to do nothing but drink and have copious amounts of sex.

Vic doesn’t understand why Chris could leave her mother. Chris thinks it’s for the best he leaves Linda. Linda wanted to know how Vic found out about Chris and Tiffany, but she just goes to bed.

Bing meets Manx

Bing is at work, at MCS Custodial Services, when he sees a Rolls-Royce Wraith parked outside. A must younger looking Manx is sitting in the driver’s seat. Daniel’s presences as had the desired effect. Manx’s youthful looks are returning. Bing is completely oblivious to Manx’s true nature. When Bing gets to the door, there is no sign of the car.

Screen Capture: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson and Zachary Quinto as Bing Partridge and Charlie Manx, respectively, in the AMC horror series NOS4A2
Screen Capture: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson and Zachary Quinto as Bing Partridge and Charlie Manx, respectively, in the AMC horror series NOS4A2

When Bing is cleaning graffiti off the side of the building in which he works, Manx returns. Manx talks Bing into getting into the front passenger seat of the Rolls-Royce Wraith.

Bing finds it funny Manx knows the moon winked at him but does not question it as much as one should.

Later in the episode, when Bing wakes up, Manx explains he needs help rescuing ten children from monsters. When Manx says these monsters are the children’s parents,

Vic Conducts an Experiment

Screen Capture: Ashleigh Cummings as Vic McQueen in the AMC horror series NOS4A2
Screen Capture: Ashleigh Cummings as Vic McQueen in the AMC horror series NOS4A2

Vic asks Craig (Dalton Harrod) about the dirty rabbit toy he had when he back in the third grade. Its name was Leonard. Vic lost Craig’s toy rabbit years ago. When Vic crosses The Shorter Way, Craig begins to think she’s lost it but sees the bridge appear in front of his eyes. When he tries to follow Vic, Craig crashes his bike. Vic returns with Craig’s lost rabbit toy. Craig makes Vic promise that she will not cross the bridge again.

No More Books for Sheriff Bly

Sheriff Bly (Chris McKinney) has no faith in Maggie Leigh’s (Jahkara Smith) scrabble bag. It does not matter what Maggie says to convince the sheriff, believing in the supernatural will only come when he has tangible proof. Until then, Maggie might as well whistle into the wind.

I Want to go to College

Vic wants to go to college. It’s the only thing on her mind. Linda is annoyed she did not hear about Vic’s RISD from Vic herself. She had to hear it from Angela Brewster (Karen Pittman). Linda knows of Vic’s college aspirations. Once upon a time, back when she was much younger, Linda had similar thoughts for herself. That all disappeared into nothingness when she fell pregnant with Chris’ child.

Visiting Haley Smith

Before going over to Tiffany’s house, Vic stops by at the Smith residence to give Haley Smith (Darby Camp) a gift. Vic gives the little girl her set of pencils and colouring sticks.

Chris gets Tiffany to agree to Vic staying in the craft room. Vic wanted to know if there were a possibility of there being a reconciliation between Chris and Linda. From the way her father expresses his thoughts, that’s probably not going to happen.

The Bodywork on a 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith

Maggie finally gets Bly to visit the junkyard where the Wraith may have been. While it was a stab in the dark, it was worth a try. The owner might recall something pertinent to finding Daniel.

Screen Capture: Jahkara Smith and Chris McKinney as Maggie Leigh and Sheriff Bly, respectively, in the AMC horror series NOS4A2
Screen Capture: Jahkara Smith and Chris McKinney as Maggie Leigh and Sheriff Bly, respectively, in the AMC horror series NOS4A2

The owner of the junkyard remembers the 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith like it was yesterday. The last time she saw the Wraith was more than 30 years ago. The car’s owner must have been at least 80, she recalls. There was something off about the car too. That car, according to Mrs Myers (Brenda Wehle), had a mind of its own. The day the car vanished from the yard was the same day her son and grandson disappeared. They were never seen again.

Linda Confronts Her Husband

Linda is drunk. She is making a huge scene in front of Tiffany, Chris and Vic. Linda was making a real fool of herself. Consequently, Vic takes off on her bike. Via The Shorter Way, Vic ends up in Iowa. This is where Vic meets Maggie.

Screen Capture: Jahkara Smith and Ashleigh Cummings as Maggie Leigh and Vic McQueen, respectively, in the AMC horror series NOS4A2
Screen Capture: Jahkara Smith and Ashleigh Cummings as Maggie Leigh and Vic McQueen, respectively, in the AMC horror series NOS4A2

The bridge, as Maggie describes it, is Vic’s inscape. Maggie, a medium, believes Vic has been chosen to bring lost children home. These are the children Manx has kidnapped.

The Graveyard of What Might Be

Screen Capture: A scene in the AMC horror series NOS4A2
Screen Capture: A scene in the AMC horror series NOS4A2

Manx shows Bing a graveyard filled with children. This, according to Manx, is The Graveyard of What Might Be. Manx makes a reference to putting a bullet or a nail in the brain of a parent that would do children harm. What might Manx be referencing? Is this a reference to his own past? Does it have something to do with Bing? When Manx speaks of putting a nail in a parent’s brain, Bing looks incredibly nervous.

The episode closes with a scene of Vic holding something to her eye. It was bleeding again. From close by, the sound of Chris and Tiffany being sexually active can be heard.