Synopsis & Analysis of the“Lost” Paranormal Prestige Drama: Ghost Story

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Ghost Story (Season One, Episode One): Monsters Produce Sleep Within Reason

Original air-date, September 25, 2018.

Running time, 54 minutes.

Starring Hector Muir, Jessica Hensen, and Caroline Sullivan

Article Updated: January 27, 2023 (12:50 pm)


During a record-breaking heat wave in late September in the Pacific Northwest, on a night stroll, quietly talking to himself, failed writer Arthur Machin (played by late Scottish actor, Hector Muir)[1], witnesses a car screech off the main road and hit a man walking a dog. The dog survives and, after scampering to Arthur, then back to examine the body, runs away. Arthur is shocked.

Arthur’s partner, Dorothy Dahl (played by comedian Jessica Hensen)[2], tries to console him, but they both need rest. The heat has made it hard to sleep.

Arthur is unable to sleep. Noises distract him (the fan, the fridge, cars outside, etc). He is disturbed by flashes of the gruesome accident. Loud bangs — like gunshots or fireworks or cars backfiring — keep Arthur awake, as do lights outside, even the LED clock screen. Finally, he falls asleep only to dream of a mysterious hooded figure outside the window, face obscured. The figure opens the window and begins to crawl inside. Arthur cannot move. The figure lunges, propelling Arthur awake and into hallucination. He sees the figure again, crouched on the dresser near the window, near a little altar Dorothy had made. The LED clock screen is unreadable, the characters unintelligible, alien looking. Arthur yells at the man, “Get out!” Dorothy wakes, and the figure is gone. She sleepily asks, “Did it happen again?” Arthur nods. He hears distant fire engine sirens. Dogs howl to the sirens. He says he needs to go for a walk.

Arthur walks in the dark early morning, views the remnants of the accident, and then sees the dog in the distance. He coaxes her toward him, though for a moment she seems defensive, like she might attack. She goes to Arthur, whining, and licks his face. He consoles…

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