Now that was a satisfying episode! The blank spaces, which were small but, we didn’t realize, so significant, were filled in for both the characters Bing and Charley. You realize that both are even slimier, and yet more pitiable, than we’ve thus far realized. As I predicted last week, things didn’t work out so well for Bing. When Renfields grow a shred of conscience and turn on their Draculas, it never goes well for them. Still, it brings Bing’s character back full circle to see him trying to put things right, in that he didn’t start out in the first season as an evildoer.
What they did with Charley’s character I liked even more. You really come to understand what makes the guy tick. He was abused by a pedophile as a little boy, while also abetting the sicko in abusing other kids. He despised the mother who knew about the sicko yet failed, as he saw it, to protect him. It all makes sense now. His obsession with “rescuing” children, how he justifies trapping them forever in their childhoods to keep himself perpetually young. He genuinely does see himself as their savior, though he is also their abuser. And, like the stereotypical 80s slasher, it raises his ire for women to engage in promiscuous sex—because that’s what his mother was doing while he was being abused. And this abuse happened on Christmas. Thus, by sending the kids he takes to Christmasland, he is giving them the escape that he never received. He said as much in this episode. I love Charley even more now. Nothing beats a complicated, conflicted villain.
With three episodes left, business is, as wrestling announcer Good Ol’ JR is fond of saying, about to pick up.