《好奇心内阁》第7集以莱昂内尔·拉西特（Lionel Lassiter）的邀请开始，邀请他在鹬屋观看。 邀请函适用于4个不同的人，包括音乐家，小说家，媒介和天体物理学家。 四人组被名叫赫克托的神秘司机接走，司机开车送他们到豪宅。 那么这些家伙是谁呢？ 嗯，有塔格和兰德尔，书夏洛特是科学奇才，粗鲁的大胡子是盖伊兰登，著名的小说家。 他们被告知在这些简短的寒暄之后保持沉默，最终进入了鹬屋。 这是一个美丽的财产，拉西特先生实际上已经把它变成了一个超现实的，未来主义的天堂。 他们被带到一个圆形的房间里，有阿兹特克建筑的阴影，扎赫拉医生坐在沙发上伸展着。 每个小组都得到了他们最喜欢的饮料，完全按照他们喜欢的方式进行，他们等待拉西特的到来。 他出现并吸引每一位新客人，决定将有天赋的人聚集在一起，进行一次独特的共享体验。 他打算从他们每个人身上发挥出最好的一面。 在炫耀他的定制音乐后，拉西特试图衡量每个人想要什么。 兰德尔指出，他内心有无尽的空虚，他无法摆脱。 “每个人的内心都有一个黑洞。他说，但拉西特打断了他，声称他正在杀死这种氛围。 扎赫拉医生实际上也有相当黑暗的过去，我们了解到她曾经为卡扎菲工作。 她继续展示一整堆可卡因，上面添加了“仙尘”。 小组中的一些人很乐意参加，而另一些人则不那么高兴。 尽管如此，拉西特还是很快指出，他亲自挑选了每个人来参加这个“奇妙的时刻”，以发挥每个人最好的一面。 他们需要同步才能发挥作用，包括服用药物和服用剂量。 拉西特承诺这是值得的。 由于它们都很高，拉西特向他们展示了他的最高成就——这是他花费大量时间才能获得的物品。 “是时候了。”他笑着说。 就这样，他们被带到走廊上一块奇怪的岩石上。 拉西特不知道它是什么，它已经过严格的测试。 它不会出现在元素周期表上，对X射线没有反应，甚至也会吸收兰德尔关节的烟雾。 岩石对每个群体都有奇怪的影响，催眠他们，似乎伸出手来研究每个人。 一声高亢的铃声尖叫着响起，岩石突然裂开，碎裂成碎片。 取而代之的是一个长着触手的奇异外星生物。 随着所有团队的入迷，这个生物通过心灵感应探测了他们每个人，融化了塔普，同时炸毁了盖伊的头。 至于扎赫拉，她触摸了这个生物。 这样做，她的皮肤融化了。 夏洛特和兰德尔匆匆走出房间，而拉西特坐在地板上，赫克托打破了他的不暴力誓言，从墙上抓起金AK。 当赫克托走进房间时，这个生物已经吸收了拉西特，变成了生化危机中的复仇女神生物。 它嘶哑地叫着，向赫克托寻求帮助。 他将一连串的子弹射入它的胸膛。 与此同时，兰德尔和夏洛特像风筝一样高高地开车离开了酒店。 当他们这样做时，这个生物通过一个下水道进入世界，并承诺在未来以美味的人类为食。
剧集回顾 这一集的效果非常棒。 看到尸体融化和扭曲，变成怪诞的骨骼遗骸的方式，令人难以置信地发自内心，并且令人惊讶地有效地召唤出了很多恐怖。 不过，这一集的大部分内容都涉及同伴压力和科学思想聚集在一起讨论一个更大的问题的想法。 这是一个非常有趣的想法，我一度认为这一集将走德古拉的路线，拉西特是吸血鬼大师的化身。 无论哪种方式，这一集的最后三分之一都让缓慢燃烧更加值得，并且有一种明显的 80 年代恐怖氛围笼罩着其中的大部分。 无论是电子合成器配乐还是非常独特的灯光和摄影，这都是一个非常时尚的一集，几乎尖叫着要续集来了解接下来会发生什么！
Episode 7 of Cabinet of Curiosities starts with an invitation from Lionel Lassiter for a viewing at The Sandpiper House. The invite is for 4 different people, including a musician, a novelist, a medium and an astrophysicist. The foursome are picked up by mysterious driver called Hector, who drives them to the mansion.
So who are these guys? Well, there’s Targ and Randall, nerdy Charlotte is the science whizz and the gruff bearded fellow is Guy Landon, the well-renowned novelist. They’re told to remain silent after these brief pleasantries, eventually making in to The Sandpiper House. It’s a beautiful property, and Mr Lassiter has actually made this into a surreal, futuristic paradise.
They’re led into a circular room, with shades of Aztec architecture, where Doctor Zahra sits stretched out on the sofa. Each of the group have been given their favourite drinks, done exactly as they like it, and they await Lassiter’s arrival.
He shows up and entices each of the new guests, deciding to bring together gifted individuals for a singular shared experience. He intends to bring the best out of each of them. After showing off his custom-made music, Lassiter tries to gauge what each of the individuals want. Randall points out that he has an endless void inside himself that he can’t shake. “Everyone has a black hole inside them.” He says, but Lassiter interrupts him and claims he’s killing the vibe.
Doctor Zahra actually has quite the dark past too, and we learn that she used to work for Gaddafi. She goes on to show a whole stack of cocaine, with added “fairy dust” on top. Some of the group is happy to take part, others less so. Still, Lassiter is quick to point out he’s hand-picked each of the individuals to take part in this “wondrous moment” to bring the best out of each. They need to be in-sync for it to work and that includes taking drugs and being dosed up. Lassiter promises it’ll be worth it.
With all of them suitably high, Lassiter shows them his crowning achievement – an item he’s taken a great deal of time to acquire. “It’s time.” He says, smiling. And with that, they’re led down a hallway to a strange rock. Lassiter has no idea what it is, and it has been tested rigorously. It doesn’t show up on the periodic table, it doesn’t respond to X-rays, and it even absorbs the smoke from Randall’s joint too.
The rock has a strange effect on each of the group, hypnotizing them and seemingly reaching out and studying each of the individuals. A high-pitched ringing screams out, as the rock suddenly cracks open and crumbles to pieces. In its place, a bizarre alien creature with tentacles springs forth.
With all the group entranced, the creature telepathically probes each of them, melting Tarp while blowing up Guy’s head. As for Zahra, she touches the creature. In doing so, her skin melts away. Charlotte and Randall hurry out the room, while Lassiter sits on the floor and Hector breaks his no-violence vow and grabs the gold AK from the wall.
As Hector marches into the room, the creature has absorbed Lassiter, turning into what appears to be the Nemesis creature from Resident Evil. It rasps and calls out, asking Hector for help. He blasts a barrage of bullets into its chest.
At the same time, Randall and Charlotte drive away, high as a kite, from the property. While they do, the creature heads out into the world, through a sewer duct no less, and with the promise of tasty humans to feed on in the future.
The Episode Review
The effects in this episode are fantastic. Seeing the way the bodies melt and distort, turning into grotesque skeletal remains, is incredibly visceral and surprisingly effective in conjuring a lot of horror.
Most of this episode though tackles the idea of peer pressure and the coming together of scientific minds to discuss a bigger problem. It’s a pretty interesting idea and at one point I thought this episode was going to go the route of Dracula with Lassiter being the embodiment of the master vampire.
Either way though, the final third of this episode makes the slow burn all the more worth it and there’s a distinct 80’s horror vibe hanging over large parts of this. Whether it be the electronica synth soundtrack or the very distinct lighting and cinematography, this is a really stylish episode and one that almost screams for a sequel to find out what happens next!