The City is alive...
Or something like that. Along the
lines of Dark Shadows, Tales From the Crypt et al., comes this British horror
soap/drama on Channel 5.
Richard appeared in the thirteenth
episode, entitled (appropriately enough) "13". The plot revolves around a reporter named Jude who is looking for that one big story that is
going to put him on the front page as a reporter. To give him a little bit
of incentive, his boss has informed him that if he doesn't have said amazing
story in hand by Monday, he'll be without a job as well.
Jude finds a business card with
a strange symbol on it. On the reverse side, it reads "The story must
be told". He tucks it into his pocket and continues trying to find the
"big story". Seeking a bit of help, we next see
him in a garden, speaking to a guy who points out that he has an "edge",
and as long as he has that, the story will find him. Jude then asks about
"file 42", which turns out to be code for the odd stories that end
up in the papers. He then pulls out the business card, which now reads a different
phrase... "No one came but them". As they are speaking a nefarious
figure appears on the balcony above them, quietly observing the pair (Guess
who? No, it's not Erik Estrada... try again...)
Meanwhile, back at Jude's apartment,
his agoraphobe girlfriend has stumbled upon an ancient book, which she begins
to read. Under a trance, she draws an odd shape on the pages while seemingly
reciting nursery rhymes. The scene ends as we see a frightening face facing
her, and her scream.
passing by a phone booth, hears it ring. He heads inside to answer, only to
hear Richard's voice claiming that the story must be told, and no one came
but them. Jude then utters an expletive at Richard -which I find particularly
interesting as WE couldn't say that on TV- hangs up, and goes to pursue "file
42". A number of newspaper stories pop out of filing cabinets... including
one about pigeons that ride the underground, a story he'd mentioned earlier
in the garden. He takes the stories home, only to find his girlfriend sitting
in a pool of blood. Naturally, the paramedics are called, and it seems that
she will be alright, once the nurse casts a rather nasty look toward Jude
as if to say he might have had something to do with the accident, as he is
attempting to burn the stories in an ashtray.
Before going to sleep, Jude's girlfriend
lets him know that it wasn't her who had had the accident at all... and that
they live in the cracks.
Cut to the next morning. 10;30
am, Monday. Jude has to rush in to work. As he brushes his teeth, he hears
the Editor screaming from the door beyond and just walks out. He decides to pursue the story (since he assumedly
is out of a job) and finds himself in an abandoned building. It's not long
before he is accosted by a vampire/zombie sort of guy, who proceeds to attack
him after a little chat.
The attack is over as quickly as
it started as the zombie begins to back away in fear. The reason? Richard's
chest! (heh.) His character spreads his shirt to reveal the same symbol as
appeared on the card, and the zombie begins to back away in horror. Reaching
his hand out, Richard lops off his head in one blow. (They don't call him
Mr. Hand for nothing, you know...)
He reiterates to Jude that the
city has chosen him, and he must tell the story. Jude, true to form, tells
him to go away and returns home, to find that his friend has been gutted and
blood from the rafters... and his girlfriend is nowhere to be found. The bald
one returns to his side again, chiding once more about being chosen... and
that they live in the cracks, should Jude want to find his girlfriend.
Of course he does, and so he looks
for another map of the city. He's having trouble, until Mr. Formerly Headless
Zombie decides to be a good guy and help him out. He gives him the correct
map, and holds off the real nasties as Jude gets away. Back home, Jude finds
himself in the same trance and scribbles on the map to find himself thrust
into this other world.
sees his girfriend and tries to hail her several times unsuccessfully, until
she appears beside him and says (In a voice not her own) that "They want
to give you something". He recieves the book she had earlier, and is
thrust forcefully into a pool of water. He tumbles out a drain pipe along
a beach, and who should be there but our favorite person. He discovers that
the book is in fact Richard's character's diary... about the city. Now that
the city has chosen him, his character is free, and we once again see his
chest... this time without the mark upon it, and the mark has moved to Jude's
chest. The show fades to black with his cries of
Very strange stuff.