Sunday, December 20, 2015
Every Haunting Hour Ever #26: Flight
Original Airdate: October 22, 2011
Director: Peter Deluise
You know, I kind of feel bad for the grim reaper. I mean, he's the guy who is the master of death yet gets little representation in the media. Well luckily for me, this episode just happens to feature the reaper in which fearing them sorta takes place.
A boy named Josh (Dakota Goyo) is on his first flight. He learns that the Grim Reaper in the form of an old woman is a fellow passenger and the ghost of a millionaire named Vincent (Tobias Slezak) is trying to escape her. When the airplane starts to lose power, Josh convinces Vincent to move on to the next life which Vincent does and the airplane's power is restored.
While I didn't think it was as depressing as The Perfect Brother, the episode was still great at delivering tearjerking scenes. I think this comes from the interactions between Josh and Vincent. They both work off of each other rather well and they both learn from one another (Josh learns to be braver about flying and appreciate his father more and Vincent learns to accept death.)
Another thing I like about this episode is the message. Throughout the story, the episode is conveying a message about how to not only accept death when it comes but to also live your life to the fullest as your life could be taken away at any moment. Sure, the message is shown in a rather depressing way but I still felt like that portrayal didn't get in the way of understanding the message. It's also applicable to today since in modern life, there's a lot of rushing around and rarely do we get the chance to just slow down and enjoy the moment. But when that moment does come, this episode says to take full advantage of it.
The other thing I liked about this episode is the atmosphere. Much like in Ghostly Stare, not much happens throughout the episode and because they don't have to focus on the story as much, there's more time to develop other elements like characters and atmosphere. Since this episode revolves around death, the atmosphere is grim and heavy. It also has more or a precarious feel to it given that the setting is on a plane and some people view planes as glass birds that break extremely easily.
Overall, Flight is an episode that has a lot of likeability to it. Heck, it may be one of my favorite episodes of season 2 or even the entire series. It's not over the top fun like Fear Never Knocks or terrifying like Walls, but it's still a great episode in its own right.
Overall Grade: A-