5 takeaways from NOS4A2 Season 1, Episode 2

Olafur Darri Olafsson as Bing Partridge - NOS4A2 _ Season 1, Episode 2 - Photo Credit: Dana Starbard/AMC
Olafur Darri Olafsson as Bing Partridge - NOS4A2 _ Season 1, Episode 2 - Photo Credit: Dana Starbard/AMC /
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Ashleigh Cummings as Vic McQueen, JJ Smith as Maggie Leigh – NOS4A2 _ Season 1, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Dana Starbard/AMC /

4. Vic moves in with her dad and Tiffany.

Initially, I was confused as to why Vic would decide to move in with her father when he clearly isn’t all that interested in having her around. But then I realized the decision hammers home the fact Vic is still a teenage girl. She is earnest in her belief her father is the man she has idolized her entire life, despite the dark parts her mother knows all too well.

It’s with a chill that I watched Vic notice the bottle of hard liquor in the freezer in the episode’s ending scene, Tiffany’s moans a chorus of lechery in the background. We only know thee coiffed and careful “dad” Chris. Actions speak louder than words. Time will tell how this all plays out. Right now it feels as if we’re waiting for Chekhov’s alcohol to go off.

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3. Vic is a Strong Creative.

Maggie and Vic finally meet face-to-face. As Maggie’s tiles told her, she would need the “brat” to find the Wraith. As a medium who is able to “interpret the static,” Maggie is able to explain Vic’s abilities to her (and the audience who hasn’t read the book). Vic is what’s known as a Strong Creative. The Shorter Way Bridge is her Inscape, a place she created in her mind that can manifest in the real world.

In order to use her bridge, she needs a knife, an object that can cut through the fabric between the real world and the thought world. That’s where Vic’s bike comes in. Charlie Manx is also a Strong Creative and as is hinted at by episode’s end, he is aware of Vic’s presence in Haverhill, at least, he knows about her Inscape, if not who she is. Unfortunately for Maggie, Vic isn’t ready to embrace her “destiny” yet. “The girl who finds lost things can find lost children.”