Intruders (2014 series)

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Summary

"What goes around, comes around." A short-lived BBC America TV series centered around a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others.

Details

  • Release Date: 2014
  • Country/Language: US/UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery (conspiracy/cover-up)
  • Runtime: (generally formatted for a 1-hour commercial television slot)
  • Starring: James Frain, Millie Bobby Brown, Tory Kittles
  • Creator: Glen Morgan, Michael Marshall Smith (story)
  • Producer/Production Co: BBC Worldwide Productions
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • TVTropes: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (equivalent to a TV-14 for Violence, Profanity, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Essentially "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (fiction)" without references to Yog-Sothoth, this show is about an ancient, secret cult who can project their minds after death into the bodies of other people. I felt that the Lovecraftian atmosphere was at best sort of vague in the first season, but I suspect that it would have gotten more overt had the show been given a chance to develop elements such as the "ghost machine" (some sort of creepy fringe science device that lets ordinary people hear the voices of disembodied spirits), the cult's ancient conspiracy, the cult's library full of strange tomes written by generations of the same personalities in different bodies, and so on.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

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Synopsis

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Former LAPD officer Jack Whelan has a troubled, violent past but has grown accustomed in recent years to a quiet life with wife Amy. But that low-key existence fractures when she disappears. That's when old schoolmate Gary Fischer appears on Jack's doorstep seeking help with a murder case that draws the former cop deeper into the mystery of his wife's disappearance. The more Jack investigates Gary's case, the more complex and surreal his discoveries become, and they pull him down the dark path of his past and toward a conspiracy that leads to a secret society, Qui Reverti, that may be responsible for everything.


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Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

  • TO DO
  • cult: Qui Reverti, a group which has discovered the secret of personality-swapping to escape death
  • tome: an entire library of "tome" diaries written by members of Qui Reverti in various bodies over centuries is uncovered in one episode of the series
  • fiction: Michael Marshall Smith's The Intruders
  • fiction: compare to "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (fiction)"


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