3×04 – Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose

This is a very strange mixture, a¬†twisted tale on psychics and clairvoyants. A world where fortune tellers and palm readers are being murdered and a story about two man with not so desirable special abilities: one seeing himself performing murders in the future and the other able to foresee people’s deaths. Including his own. “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” seems to balance effortlessly on the thin line between a comic fairy tale and darksome murder mystery. It’s really lightfooted in one moment, presenting lines of subtle humour and in the other moments there’s murder, death and suicide. Although I must admit it creates some kind of discomfort watching it. Is this supposed to be funny? Well, the things happened on the screen – they are not. Is this episode dead serious? No, it definitely doesn’t want to be. This episode is Darin Morgan’s second entry after the hilarious second season episode “Humbug” and it’s even more of an experiment. Instead of saying “let’s do a comedy episode” it’s now “let’s make it a totally unique kind of dramedy”. And while “Humbug” was a lot of fun but also told very straightforwardly, “Clyde Bruckman’s Finale Repose” is very cleverly written. Using foretelling and psychic analysis as a telling device the episode can tell its story on different time layers and it all adds up perfectly in the end. I wasn’t so sure about this episode while watching it since, you know, it’s humorous but not that fun. But the more I think about it the more I respect it as a truly great piece of work.

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