LIGHTFIELDS – THE FINAL EPISODE!

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At last, I have finished my episode 4 review and am now onto reviewing episode 5.

At this point in the 1940s, the family are moving to Lincolnshire. They are moving out of Lightfields and Eve is going back to her mother. Dwight turns up at the farm, much to Albert’s anger. Dwight tells him that he was the last one to see Lucy alive. It would seem that he seduced Lucy, (with her probably thinking that he would marry her once he had deflowered her and thence save her from family scandal if she were to become pregnant with his child) and then refused to marry her, then revealing that he is married with children. When Dwight is killed in a motorbike crash, he remembers their romantic night together and sees her as he dies in a fantastic shot when the camera is almost slanted across the screen so the audience can see it from the point of view of Dwight who is dying on the road, and can see the semi-transparent form of Lucy as she walks away.

Harry, Eve’s sweetheart at this point, receives his call-up papers and he heads off to war and he and Eve spend the last few hours together walking along a beach. It is also revealed that Pip saw Lucy and Dwight together. Before leaving, Eve says goodbye to Pip.

 

In the 1970s, Vivian feels ready to face Lucy at last and she is also battling a sleeping pill addiction and lies to her doctor to get some more. She contacts her husband and asks him to come and visit. With the possibility of leaving, Clare says goodbye to Nick. Vivian asks for forgiveness by typing ‘FORGIVE ME’ on the typewriter. This makes one think how cumbersome those things must’ve been. Typing ‘FORGIVE ME’ is hard-hitting enough but the effect would be somewhat ruined by tying some other phrase if misspelling occurred and the effect would be ruined forever. Clare also hears someone say ‘coming ready or not’ onto her tape, and that sort of effect would not be achieved if it was that scene set in 2013 because it would only work with Walkman’s or tapes but never for iPods!

Vivian follows Lucy’s ghost a distance, and the difference between Lucy’s entity almost floating and Vivian almost running to keep up is haunting, as well as Lucy moving ahead while wordlessly turning and ensuring that Vivian is keeping up with her. Clare sees her mother’s suicide note and is instantly frightened, thinking that something has happened to her mother.

Luke, c.2012, is still being haunted by Lucy and Pip thinks that Lucy is using Luke to get to him; with her wanting revenge for her death. Lorna thinks that Pip has survivor’s guilt because he had opportunity to save Lucy and didn’t. Lorna tells her grandson to tell them if Lucy ever turns up again. Paul turns up drunk yet again and tries to convince his son that they will run away together and start a new life together (a big Eastenders-esque, hmm?) but Luke doesn’t want to go with his dad.

Lucy appears in the middle of the road when Paul is driving away with Luke and this can be open to many interpretations. I personally think that she wanted to protect him from the danger of his alcoholic father. However, there is also the possibility that she was extracting a cruel revenge by denying the family their son as she had been taken from her own family when she was killed in the fire. Its up to the individual viewer.

Lucy leads Vivian to the ruins of the farmhouse and at this point you expect something to happen but nothing happens apart from Vivian being forced to remember that she walked away from the burning barn when Lucy was trapped inside because as a child she probably thought in her mind that if she walked away and ignored it then it would go away.

A new woman turns up at Lightfields c. 2012, and it turns out to be Vivian. I foolishly jumped to conclusions and assumed ‘OH NO! VIVIAN IS AN IMPOSTER!” but in reality many years pass between 1970 and 2012. Pip also sees Lucy and follows her just as Vivian did.

Luke stands up for himself against the adults when they are arguing about him. When the older Vivian turns up, she confesses all, and speaks of the events that led to Lucy’s death. It would seem that Vivian and Pip were playing hide and seek and they see Lucy, who is humiliated at the news that her American lover was married. She tells the children to go away, but the saddest thing about this episode was that Pip and Vivian planned to leave a light and some food in the barn just in case Lucy woke up in the barn at night when it was dark and she got scared.

Tom, in the 1970s, is seen almost like an unneeded character because he just hovers around in the background, seemingly with no purpose at all. However, the audience soon learns that he was there at the fire and he caused it to begin with because he saw Dwight and Lucy together. He felt dark and bitter because he didn’t have that sort of relationship with a woman, so he set fire to the barn (like you do, naturally) after drinking heavily but he didn’t know that Lucy was in there. Lucy haunting Lightfields, it is revealed, was just her way of drawing attention to herself.

At this point in the story, near to the end, it is an attempt to wind the loose ends up. Eve and Harry say goodbye, as do Clare and Nick although Nick asks Clare to write to him. Lucy also appears to Tom and is hopeful that he will see her but he is unaware of it which I think is a pity on the part of the story. When she walks away, down the path which is full of green, it is the best scene because it is completely wordless but when Pip tilts his head it is almost saying ‘goodbye’ and the way that Lucy stops and looks back shows that she will never forget him and will always be watching over him. She is not a vengeful spirit anymore.

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