I was thinking they’d rift off of the whole cocooned thing from last episode and have Japanese Velma do a whole Aliens spiel.
Instead, they decided to rift on a completely different (and vastly inferior) 80’s sci-fi flick: Flatliners.
Except for the fact that Alien is from ’79 and Flatliners is from ’90. So forget that last part.
While she didn’t get her chest bursted by a baby mothman, something changed inside of this chick. It nailed home the fact that she’s behind the curve when it comes to her peers. Everyone else at the school has had some sort of “occult” experience, but she’s the odd one out. Yeah, she’s been turned into a voodoo zombie and was stored away to be bugchow scant days before this episode, but those were all experiences that she didn’t get to experience. She was an unwitting victim and was oblivious to her plight. She wants to be the one that gets in there and gets her hands dirty.
So it makes sense that she’d jump on the chance to have a controlled near-death experience. What surprises me is that the kids at the academy aren’t jumping at the chance to do this sort of experiment. I don’t expect all of them to be throwing their lives into danger, but you’d think a school filled with kids interested in the occult would be a little more interested in the chance to see the afterlife. Grow a pair, kids!
And just like Flatliners, something bad happens as the result of her crossing over. People aren’t supposed to be able to die, dick around, and then come back on their own volition. That just isn’t the way death works, people. Any time you see this in fiction, where people screw around with the natural order and treat the afterlife like a vacation spot, bad shit goes down. It’s just a matter of what, exactly, is happening here.
My first inclination was to cry out “YOG SOTHOTH!” since there were all of these bubbles milling about. Being an elder god who lurks between worlds that’s depicted as uncountable shining orbs, it’d make sense for him to appear like this and exist in whatever nebulous purgatory/afterlife/whatever it is that we’re seeing in this episode. But the water and bubbles and such could be explained away due to the fact that she was “killed” by means of submersion in freezing water.
And that bring me to my next idea. Did she really go to the afterlife? Did we really see what lies beyond, or was it all some elaborate concoction of her subconscience during the last few moments of her life before being revived? That’d explain all of the water, since her brain’d key in on being submerged and all that.
So what in the hell happened here? If we take it all at face value and go with the idea that she died, crossed over, and came back, what happened? Did something take her place and is using her body as a way to get into the living world? Was a piece of her psyche/soul/mind/whatever taken away, and that part of her (Which is desperately searching for her glasses in the “afterlife) was also the part that was interested in the occult? So did she have some sort of reverse revelation, where the shock of the afterlife caused her to disbelieve in this shit?
And what if we take it as being a near-death hallucination? Has she been traumatized, causing her to reject her former persona and resulting in some physical manifestation of that shock (her eyesight clearing up). Weird stuff like that has been documented in real life near-death experiences, where people’s personalities change. That’d make just as much sense as any metaphysical explanation.
Or maybe this is all some clever trick on the part of the aliens. They’re projecting shit into her brain while she’s vulnerable and they’ve taken over her mind. Hell if I know at this point in time.
And speaking of alien conspiracies to mess with the kids at the school, that’s totally what Ms. Body Snatcher is trying to do with her insidious bread-baking scheme. “Pay off your car loan” indeed, you nasty pod chick. You want to sell bread at the school so you have a convenient means to go on and off campus and gain everyone’s trust. Then, close or on the day of the end of the world, you pull up in your bakery truck, open it up, and say “Surprise! I don’t have bread today! I just have alien egg bombs that blow up and make everyone evil undead space zombies! And I’m also going to skullfuck Fumiaki and make super alien baby pod people in his brain!”
Or some equivalent of the above.
Only crappy thing about this episode is no Smile and no Fat Marilyn Manson. They need their own episode where they have to deal with, like, an evil Visual Kei band that ends up being worshipers of Kali or something like that and it becomes like an episode of Josie and the Pussycats. That’d be awesome.