Lightfields Series 1 Episode 2 (ITV) Review

After the set up of clues and motives in last week’s Lightfields, the second episode doesn’t waste any time sprinkling information and planting evidence for the audience to collect and unravel. If anything, this is what makes the second instalment of ITV’s new chiller much stronger than the first, as we now know the identity of the ghost and can get on with solving the intriguing mystery.

Who caused the fire that killed Lucy? That’s a question that hasn’t been answered, and I guess the answer will stay firmly under wraps until the end of this five-part story. From Eve’s cunning discovery of Dwight’s abandoned lighter in the wreckage, we know that he was with Lucy on the night that she died, but why would she stay there so long after he had left? His story doesn’t make sense and, even if Eve’s accusations of assault and arson probably aren’t true either, he’s still one of the main suspects.

In the ‘70s, a lot more is revealed of Vivian’s past. At one point, Claire picks up a crumbled piece of paper with “you imagined it” scrawled over and over, and we’re conditioned to believe that Vivien has become the first victim of madness that always occurs in good ghost stories. But the arrival of estranged husband John suggests otherwise, as he tells us of her repeated mental breakdowns. She moved herself and Claire to Lightfields in order to stave off another attack she knew was coming, and this means that her family have a legitimate reason to disbelieve her tales of a haunting.

It’s also clear that she has no memory at all of the summer in which Lucy died, and has only brief flashes of events that took place. One such flashback is later revealed to be with young Pip, as she urges him to burn something off-camera. We’re meant to believe that the two children were the one’s responsible for the fire but, as we’re only in episode two, it can’t be as simple as that. Having suspicion placed on them adds loads to the audience experience, however, since our three main protagonists are Eve, Pip and Vivien, just in different eras.

It is in 2012 that Lucy seems to be appearing the most, and there’s the added creepy element of Luke believing her spectral figure to be the Tooth Fairy. Children and imaginary friends are always effective in horror stories, not least because it allows the adults in the story to plausibly disbelieve their ramblings. She leads Luke to her grave, which prompts his parents to quiz Pip on the identity of a dead girl who shared their family name. He denies any connection at all, pointing the finger of blame at his guilty face even more.

Unlike the first episode, which I found clumsy and predictable, this second go-around proves how intriguing a mystery Lightfields can be. Let’s hope that the next three chapters of this story are as strongly written and acted as this, and we should have a brilliant mystery on our hands.

What did you think of the episode? Why was the Tom half of “Lucy loves Tom” scratched out in the ‘70s? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.