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Poltergeist: The Legacy

I guess that you could call Poltergeist: The Legacy a procedural.  Sort of.  Procedurals tend to have a particular focus, a theme that acts as their unique element.  CSI deals with the science behind solving a crime.  Cold Case deals with stories and characters.  24 does action.  Poltergeist: The Legacy involves spooky goings on.  The Legacy, a secret society, fights evil.  Think Buffy, without the stakes.  A “spectural” you might say :-)

In the episode we are interested in (S02E15 – Silent Partner) Kathryn plays Laura Davis, who is a medium, though she looks more like a small to me :-)  During the opening seance scene we see (try saying that quickly) Laura become possessed by the spirit of a woman called Elizabeth.  It’s not a permanent thing, they time-share the body, with Elizabeth popping up every so often.  Elizabeth wants to use Laura’s physical form to enact revenge on those that killed her many years before.  And she does.

Kathryn’s performance in this is quite remarkable.  The complexity of dealing with both the Laura and Elizabeth characters is one thing: Laura’s all sweet and innocent whereas Elizabeth is full of lust, of both the blood and passion varieties (long dead Elizabeth has missed certain… pleasures).  However, it gets even more complex still for our favourite lady: Laura is deaf.  So Kathryn is also portraying the speech patterns of someone with limited hearing and doing sign-language.  Elizabeth has no hearing impairment and speaks normally.  Kathryn had to switch between the characters within a scene!  As I said: remarkable.  It just goes to show what an amazing acting talent Kathryn is.

There have been screencaps in the Gallery for this show from the beginning but they’ve now been replaced with a much greater number of slightly better quality ones.  Plus, a couple of video clips have been thrown in.  Enjoy.

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