Ravenswood Season 1 Review “Death & the Maiden”

Ravenswood Episode 2 Death and the Maiden (16)

Picking up more or less where we left off, the latest “Ravenswood” showed exactly who made it out alive in last’s week’s big cliffhanger car crash- or did it? That was awfully strange that it didn’t show how everyone got out of that car alive. Well, save one, of course. Maybe it was just a matter of budget constraints, or maybe it was…something else. Maybe no one made it out alive, if you know what I mean. Hey, it is a supernatural-themed show, after all. Stranger things have happened.

For now, we’ll treat it as the show did, with all but one making it out alive in “Death and the Maiden,” that one being Miranda, which put Caleb in an awkward position, to be sure. Thankfully for him, Miranda’s uncle begrudgingly let him stay, at least until the funeral. However, almost everyone else, save maybe Remy, wasn’t too happy about his continued presence. Even the cops tried to get him out of town. There was one major exception: Miranda herself.

If you were on the fence about the spooky goings-on being actually paranormal rather than more logically explained, then there was plenty of evidence that some creepy stuff was undeniably going on. Radios turned on, nickels stood on end, perfume boiled, mirrors shattered- forming a perfect circle around Caleb- a ghostly force tried to squish Remy in a car window, and was, in fact, who let the dog out- boo, boo, boo, boo! See what I did there? (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Other freaky stuff: we learned that the late mayor was at the local high school when a fire broke out there and several people died…five perhaps? Whatever the case, it affected him enough to dedicate a lab in their memory. Oh, and said mayor was Luke and Livvy’s father, who might have just been killed by their mother, who might have been having an affair, possibly with Miranda’s uncle. At the very least, Collins seemed to know something more about that than he let on, judging by the lingering look he gave Miss Matheson.

Also seeming to know more than she let on was Mrs. Grunwald, but then we knew that already. Still, it was clear she knew all about the whole five dying thing, as she alluded to Collins when she noticed he was surprised only one of the kids died in the accident. Apparently, she also believes in souls, and not-so-subtly pushed Collins to allow Caleb to stay a little longer. She also told Caleb to pay attention to his dreams, something Miranda confirmed when she reappeared to Caleb. Like I said, freaky!

So, who knows where all this is going? Despite my comments early on, it’s hard to imagine that they would just kill Caleb off like that, so I suppose the whole “it’s all a dream” thing probably isn’t the case. If it is that, “Pretty Little Liars” fans are not going to be happy, so it probably isn’t. That said, if you know the film “Carnival of Souls,” it was impossible not to think of it when you saw that car crash. Factor in Cassandra the Unfriendly Ghost, and you can see where it’s hard not to think something more is going on here than meets the eye.

So, what are your predictions as to what’s going on here? Where do you think “Ravenswood” is headed with all this? Is Miranda really dead? Is her ghost real? Did they all really survive the car crash? Just what the hell is going on in this town? What’s the deal with the fire? Do the parents know more than they are letting on? What more does Collins know? How about Mrs. Grunwald?

Let me know what you think in the comments section, and see you next week!