Millennium Episode Review of Saturn Dreaming of Mercury by ZeusFaber
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Jordan is filled with uneasy knowledge that the devil has come to town when a new family moves into the Black’s neighborhood. Frank’s unsure how to handle the situation when an imaginary friend named Simon leads Jordan into a biting incident at school, an attack on the family’s father, and violently uncharacteristic behavior. Could Jordan’s now advanced powers of perception be identifying the presence of evil? Emma is hurt when Frank refuses to reveal what it is he and his daughter are cursed to live with.
Written by Chip Johannessen & Jordan Hawley
Directed by Paul Shapiro
Edited by Chris Willingham, A.C.E.
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Awards and Nominations
Young Artist Award:
Brittany Tiplady - Best Performance in a Television Drama Series: Young Actress (Nominee)
Reviewed: Saturn Dreaming of Mercury
A refreshingly out-of-the-box episode that thrusts Jordan to its centre and keeps her there for the duration. Frank's role in this episode is almost exclusively as a father, rather than an investigator, and that's a wonderful change of pace. Brittany Tiplady proves herself to be a perfectly capable young actress, carrying the episode and performing as so much more than the mere props which most kids have to be.
This is a story about Jordan's own personal encounters with the evils of the world, and it's never predictable and always nicely enigmatic. As a child, her perception of such things is not as refined or precise as Frank's, leading to a misidentification of the true source of villainy, and this works well in keeping the turns in the plot surprising. Indeed, Lucas becomes a delicious devil character to stand as the equal and opposite of Jordan, just as Lucy Butler is to Frank, and the final cameo from Sarah-Jane Redmond in the burning house underscores the parallel in crowd-pleasing fashion.
There are times when the levels of mystery and symbolism can become a touch too impenetrable for their own good, most notably the collection of eyes and their strange point-of-view shots, but more often that not such elements are intriguingly ambiguous rather than baffling. It's also filled with several great scenes, such as Emma bonding with Jordan, the nosy-neighbour's car crash to the tune of “This Little Light of Mine”, and of course the visions of Frank being led through the burning basement by what turns out to be an infant demon which symbolically rips the flesh from his face. A terrific little episode and a real showcase for Jordan.