Intruders episode 1, She Was Provisional, begins in 1990, in Barstow, California, with a young girl called Donna (Katherine Evans) being woken up in the middle of the night by some unmasked men claiming they’re there to return to her a secret which she gave to them some years ago, apparently due to her asking, and they say they’re there to “shepherd her”. She doesn’t seem to recognise them as she vomits in utter shock. While she has a mini-breakdown in the corner of her room, rocking back and forth, muttering in Arabic, the men leave her a return flight ticket to Seattle…
…along with a black card that has a white ‘9’ inscribed on it in a Gothic-style font.
Next morning, she wakes up on the grass outside her house, but why? Soon after, she writes a letter, seals it in an envelope, addressed to Tony Fischer, and then gets into a bath and takes her own life.
Fast forward to present-day Seattle, and an apparent FBI cop is looking for a Bill Anderson. Since he’s calling in the middle of the night, you can guess he’s not really a cop, especially when he executes the two people inside and then torches the house and escapes before the real cops show up.
Moving on to Birch Crossing, Washington, and ex-cop turned author Jack Whelan (John Simm, sporting an American accent) is married to Amy (Mira Sorvino, still looking damn fine at 47), who’s celebrating her birthday… well, she doesn’t want to, as she hates them.
In Reno, Nevada, there’s anonymous podcaster Oz Turner (David Dastmalchian), calling himself Professor Perdu, making recordings about this Bill Anderson, while in Finley Beach, Oregon, a young girl called Madison (Millie Brown) is celebrating her 9th birthday. There’s a lot of spooky nonsense going about, as while she’s oiutside, the younger of the two mysterious men, Richard Shepherd (James Frain) – who also bumped off Anderson’s two relatives earlier, shows up. He doesn’t kill her, but instead leaves her some sort of token.
We learn that Bill Anderson, an acoustics engineering professor at the University of Washington, is into studying the sounds output from organ pipes which are too out of our frequency range for humans to hear, and through that we can attain immortality through reincarnation (Huh?). And if Amy is hiding her love of jazz music from Jack, why is the unknown number on her phone only leading to a loud jazzy tune?
Meanwhile, Amy has gone missing, and her work diary from her birthday onwards is mysteriously empty…
So, episode one throws a number of balls up into the air, and you know they’ll land at some point, but how and when? It did often feel rather too clever for its own good, and while it never outstayed its welcome, it was not as satisfying as I’d hoped for, although we did get confirmation that Madison used to be Marcus, and apparently Richard brought her back too early, which gives us a bit more confusion.
As da yoof of today would say, “Da fuq?”
Go to page 2 for a look at episode 2, and conclusions.
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