Episode 5 of The Kettering Incident starts to have that “bringing everything together” vibe even if it just creates more mystery. For starters, Roy’s (Anthony Phelan) version of Anna (Elizabeth Debicki) and Gillian’s (Miranda Bennett) disappearance is brought up. It seems Anna was found at the Old Sullivan’s house. There’s that name again. It seems Lofty (Nathan Spencer) really was there too but when Anna questions him about it, it seems less likely he really should have gone to prison. Besides finally having his retirement party thrown for him, Roy seems to spend a lot of time in this episode sinking into endless shit holes. Like whatever it is up at the Ridge that makes the water bubble and stink. And the possibility he might even be involved in the drug trade. But, as far as why he lied about Lofty and the whole Kettering incident it is because he is actually shit scared of his daughter and the fact that she might have really killed Gillian. Probably the most important thing to take away from Roy’s version of events and Anna’s search to find out the truth is the fact Anna can’t seem to remember a damn thing about it — or her youth.
CF: All the stuff with Roy… When the show starts he seemed like this great stand-up bloke, but in this episode he literally starts to change before your eyes. You begin seeing changes in the body language, his expressions, the tone of his voice. It’s as if someone stepped in and yank the mask away and we’re finally seeing the real Roy. Anthony Phelan nails all this down so well, and he’s just another of the great actors on this show putting in fantastic performances.
RT: As Chloe said in her video on her computer, everyone in Kettering wears a mask.
CF: And Anna’s memory holes: another thing seen among people who claim to have been abducted by aliens. Does it mean something? Could be…
But, just when someone – namely the geophysicist, Dominic (Neil Pigot) — starts to offer some answers, Anna doesn’t seem to want to hear them. Which is completely annoying for the audience because we really do want to hear about Antarctica and how something weird happened there first. But, instead, Anna is distracted by the fact Jens (Damon Gameau) and Kade (Thomas Readman) are talking to a guy in a military outfit.
CF: I was one of the people going, “What happened in Antarctica? I want to know now!” Really good teasing here.Ana spends a lot of time at the hospital in Episode 5 of The Kettering Incident. First she is checking up on Adam, then she is discovering Kade’s blood sample was never checked in. Since there is no record of Kade’s blood at the hospital, Anna decides to send photos of his weird skin markings to London, to get another opinion. Finally, she is called to the psych. ward on account of her mother suddenly getting super-human strength and having to be doped to the eyeballs before they can get her back to catatonic again. We also discover Anna’s mum has the same minor brain legions as her. Is this the future Anna has to look forward to?
Episode 5 of The Kettering Incident is a troubling one for Fergus (Henry Nixon). He is starting to finally work out that not is all as it seems in Kettering. Mostly he is finding out alibi’s are brought and that it is likely Dutch (Matthew Le Nevez) is a king pin.
CF: Just as his father drowned, Fergus is starting to drown a little of his own here. Life is great when you don’t realize you’re living on an island in the middle of an ocean of shit. And now that island is sinking—
RT: I really feel sorry for Fergus. Even at the start of The Kettering Incident, he seemed a little out of his depth, like he is trying to be a cop, but is just hoping nothing major goes wrong.
While Fergus is trusting Dutch less, for the audience, Dutch is actually becoming more likable. Not only is he is checking out Sullivan’s Ridge in the hope of finding a crime scene there, he is not trusting Roy at every given opportunity and actually sneaking some official police information about Chloe to Anna. While he is at the Ridge, he finds some night vision goggles that show him some creepy dudes that aren’t really there when he puts them on. He also finds the weird bubbling water that I am pretty sure is radioactive and the reason everyone is getting cancer in Kettering. He ignores this development in favour of the goggles though.CF: This Scene. Right. Fucking. Here. When Dutch slipped on the goggles and we saw that in the image above, I jumped with an “Oh, shit!” coming out. Nothing we’ve seen so far in the show leads you to believe something like this will happen, then–BAM! You get this. That’s really how you do a proper jump scare.
RT: Absolutely agree! And you can just see how much it truly rattles Dutch. He keeps hoping someone else will see what he saw.
And, just on that radioactive puddle. Roy, Max (Damien Garvey) and Craig (Ben Oxenbould) are starting to get antsy about whatever it is that they “buried” up at the ridge. At least Max looks guilty when it is mentioned Chloe had a large dose of radiation in her system.
Episode 5 of The Kettering Incident finishes with a couple of surprises. The first being the fact Anna’s mum has busted through a window and escaped the ward. Secondly, that blood sample of Kade’s is finally found, and, guess what? His blood is not actually human.
Weird Shit That Might Be Important Later
- Those dog bites. Really? Everyone’s dogs go rabid all at once? There’s gotta be something more to that, for sure.
- So, suddenly Adam and Jens are besties now? And is it just me, or does Adam have a sudden creepy vibe going on?
- So how many references of the King’s Lomatia being a plant that clones itself do we need in the one episode?
- What is with Eliza (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) and her tales? Did Travis (Kevin MacIsaac) really rape her and stalk Chloe (Sianoa Smit-McPhee) or is she just laying false blame again? Either way, it gives Dutch an excuse to spread the rumor to some heavies at the pub. But, instead of the trio beating up Travis and scaring him, they take him out to the Ridge and tie him up to a tree.
- Moss is everywhere in this episode of The Kettering Incident. Not sure what it means just yet, but maybe mother nature is trying to reclaim the town? If so, she is not just after the buildings, we find Eliza picking lichen off her leg as well.
- Jens doing weird moth experimentation. What could possibly go wrong with that?
- Lofty putting a body-shaped parcel into the back of his ute. WTF?!
CF: All these points do up the whole Twin Peaks feeling of the series. And given that Lofty is seen loading what looks like a body in his ute, it’s handled so matter-of-factly, like maybe this isn’t the first time Lofty’s done this? Travis getting tied to the tree was certainly a screwy-ass moment, as you’d think a possible-rapist would have received a serious beat-down first–or just get beaten and dumped in the street somewhere. I guess they do things differently in Tasmania.
RT: I really, honestly think Dutch knows more than he is letting on. Him telling the guys at the pub certainly felt like he knew EXACTLY what would happen. And, considering all the problems he’s been having with Travis, the rape allegation from Eliza was the final straw for him to release the hounds.
CF: Oh, and Jens’ moth? It looks like Mothera. I suspect we’ll start seeing fairies soon—
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The official synopsis for Episode 6 (entitled “Roy”) of Showcase’s The Kettering Incident is below.
“Anna finds evidence linked to Chloe up at Mother Sullivan’s Ridge. When Wendy Macy turns up there too, Constable McFadden realizes the Macys know more than they’ve let on.”
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