281 – Omega Factor – St Anthony’s Fire

On a small, remote Scottish isle, a tight-knit community of strangely-behaving locals has a deadly secret.  They also have a flirtatious, smoking hot blond.

That seems like exactly the kind of place Tom Crane would want to be as he investigates the death of two of his friends.

Simon and Eugene discuss St Anthony’s Fire.

3 thoughts on “281 – Omega Factor – St Anthony’s Fire”

  1. Surely this is a Doctor Who episode? Harrison Chase and a Krynoid will wander into shot at any moment. Or a brace of Zygons with a Skarasen. It does feature Tommy from Planet of the Spiders.

    Re. Tom’s stay in Anne’s apartment: Manspreading – The Return! Louise Jameson does a magnificent job of convincing us that Anne has some attraction to Tom. I still, for the life of me, cannot work out what she sees in him.

    The hothouse. I assumed that it was being pumped full of insecticide. The “it’s steam” explanation made no sense.

    Why was I denied an epic fight between Anne and the Blousey Blonde? Half the episode was spent setting it up, then it went nowhere.

    How does Evil Horticultural Corp. stay in business? They appear to turn the majority of their employees into drooling zombies.

    What a copout – not revealing whether everyone was knifed to death in the cell.

    No Drexel? No Morag? No floating head of Tom’s Dead Wife? No Mole? No Range Rover Man? No Vikings? No Demon? No Bureau of Outrageous Accents? Only three episodes left to tie up these loose threads. We still know almost nothing about Omega, other than it exists, has club rings, and gets up to nefarious stuff.

    1. Omega Factor is really a rarity on Fusion Patrol. It’s the first major series project where neither host had seen or even really knew nothing about prior to starting the discussions. Simon and I were very careful to only watch the review episode and discuss it as it was in the context of only the episodes that had gone before.

      We also recorded them over about an 11 or 12 week period several months ago. St. Anthony’s Fire was recorded 7 months ago, for example, but I’m only now editing them into the podcast. As such, I get to listen to Simon and me speculate wildly about what might happen next now fully knowing what happens next. It’s a fascinating exercise.

      Why do I mention that? Because I’d love to talk about this…

      No Drexel? No Morag? No floating head of Tom’s Dead Wife? No Mole? No Range Rover Man? No Vikings? No Demon? No Bureau of Outrageous Accents? Only three episodes left to tie up these loose threads. We still know almost nothing about Omega, other than it exists, has club rings, and gets up to nefarious stuff.

      …but I dare not because I don’t want to spoil the upcoming spectral ghost battle between Anne and Morag brought about via Omega’s secret weapon for bringing about world domination, the Omega™ Ghost Materializer.

      I must completely admit, I still cannot fathom what Swede-Scot (or whatever Evil Corporation™ was up to.)

      1. Hippies setup island center to research psychic powers on plant growth
      2. Presumably some form of progress happens to make this research appear promising
      3. Swede-Scot decide to “buy out” the research project
      4. Swede-Scot convert the research into “electro-psychic” research, again, presumably building technology based on the original hippie psychic research
      5. Swede-Scot shifts the research plant crop from something commercial to ergot for some unknown reason
      6. Hippies don’t quit (Why? Is it because hippies love natural hallucenegenic drugs?)
      7. Swede-Scot begins treating all their employees with the ergot, turning them into a zombie-like, but unreliable and prone to catastrophic failure workforce
      8. Hippies continue to work at research center and are unaware they’re being “treated” with the ergot

      What’s it all for?! Psychic weapons??? World domination??? Drug trafficking??? I just don’t get it.

  2. This episode is particularly curious for a series about psychic powers, as said powers play almost no role in the story. There’s a mention of psychically helping plants to grow; some flashes on how Tom’s friends died; a vague possibility that production of Zombification Ergot requires ESP; and finally Tom’s intense staring and eyebrow waggling when everyone is getting knifed in the cell. Five minutes of rewrites could completely remove the psychic elements and leave only the psychedelic.

    Like you, I have no idea what Evil Corp.’s endgame is. If all the subjects of your secret mind control rapidly turn into homicidal drooling zombies, then your influence isn’t so subtle.

    I remain confident that some of that list of mysteries will be explained. My money is on: Drexel, Morag, The Mole, and the woman who was a murder/suicide within Drexel’s cult. Possibly Range Rover Man too. Probably not The Demon or The Vikings or what Omega did with Telepathic Murder Boy. Omega must have a good IT department, to keep track of all their plots.

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