Poltergeist: The Legacy

Season 2 Episode 13

The Devil's Lighthouse

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 30, 1997 on
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The Devil's Lighthouse
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Point Clifton, a small town just down the coast from San Francisco, is visited by the Legacy team after Derek sees an article in the paper. At a place known locally as 'The Devil's Lighthouse' a young boy vanished and his girlfriend is blinded. The girl insists that, before she was blinded, she saw her boyfriend, Bobby, vansih into the main light of the lighthouse, pulled there by a man!moreless

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  • The Legacy vanquishes an evil without ever learning what really happened.

    9.5
    This is one of my favourite episodes for many reasons. Sebastian Spence (the delicious Cade Foster in First Wave) is our tortured ghost, the story is riveting and the part that utterly appalls: the Legacy work the entire case and eventually banish him and the whole time don't have a single clue about what was really going on!



    Lighthouse keeper Noah is desperately in love with married woman Elizabeth. She has a torrid affair with him, leading him to believe she loves him as much as he loves her. As her husband was a sailor, Noah was in a unique position to kill him and deliberately did it in such a way that 1/ she would be aware of it (thus having the opportunity to stop him if she wanted to), 2/ she would be present (to witness his act of love) and 3/ murder would tie her to him forever. This was the genius of the story for me – how the entire crime went down. Noah invites his lover to the lighthouse and they make love not three feet from the light! She dared to deny she knew! How does one miss a massive blindingly bright light at night in a lighthouse?! (Or I should say, the lack thereof!) Love induced temporary insanity since Noah could never avoid being blamed, the entire town would see the lighthouse was dark the night the ship floundered on the rocks. Not surprisingly, the town lynched poor Noah. From that day on, Elizabeth swore up and down that she was not responsible and took absolutely *zero* responsibility for every one of Noah's actions. If I was a friend of Noah's, I would have killed her with my bare hands! Even in death, Noah's spirit desperately wants to be with Elizabeth and waits at the lighthouse for her… but she never comes. He waits and waits and hurt confusion turns over the decades to murderous rage and he starts trying to get her attention… by kidnapping, then killing. He lures people into the lighthouse then pulls them into the light, trapping them. As seen at the end of the episode, a person can be pulled back out but only for a short period of time. If Elizabeth had gone to talk to him, he would have released his victims without killing them. Instead she turns a blind eye to the disappearances, refusing to get involved, refusing to go to the lighthouse. Decades pass and Noah continues to kill, wanting nothing more than to be reunited with his beloved Elizabeth… poor sap.



    Despite all of what Noah did, I never blamed him, I blame Elizabeth. Noah was a killer but she made him one. She could have stopped him when he killed her husband and she could have stopped him every single day since. Even to the last minute, Elizabeth refuses to intervene even when Alex is trapped inside the light. Talk about loving the wrong woman, I always feel sorry for Noah, this damn woman was his curse and his downfall.



    This episode is unique in that the entire case is investigated by Derek's team and they never find out any of this, instead treating Noah like an angry spirit but there is a complete (and very unusual) lack of interest about why Noah is killing people.



    I absolutely love the storyline, for some reason it touches a nerve and I can get quite passionate about it. It's a very deep episode with a positively Greek tragedy storyline – passionate love, murderous obsession and a violent end.moreless
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