Black Blizzard

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Lust in the Dust

In the conveniently abandoned house that actually is in the middle of nowhere, Lodz is posed in front of the fire like he's about to introduce an episode of Masterpiece Theatre. Heh. Ben, however, is all whiny about being dragged into the wilderness for no good reason. "I almost got dead out there," he complains. Yeah. You should probably just consider the [sic] to be implied on this show. "You were not in any real danger," replies Lodz. "I think we both know that." He then delivers some historically accurate exposition about "black blizzards" being caused by the "topsoil of ten thousand farms" blowing across the Great Plains. He reaches out to grab Ben's shoulder, leans in close, and somehow totally fails to whisper, "I can smell your cunt." Instead, he just taunts Ben about the dust having killed his mother, and Ben having survived it all without a scratch. This gets Ben more and more angry, and then Lodz points out the "ceaseless howling" of the wind ["Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty." -- Isaiah 13:6], which causes Ben to cover his ears and recoil in pain. Lodz continues riling him up, calling the wind "the sound of [his mother's] death," until Ben finally gets so furious that he yells, "Stop it now!" at the top of lungs. "And let there be light," sayeth The Lord, as the wind suddenly ceases, and bright sunlight shines into the cabin. "Open the door," suggests Lodz, and Ben does exactly that. When he looks outside, the sky is blue (which may very well be the first time we've actually seen that color on this show), and everything is totally peaceful. "You did that," whispers Lodz. "No," answers Ben, and the storm instantly resumes, forcing him to slam the door shut. Okay, that was pretty cool.

"You did that, too," says Lodz, as the dust finally settles. Ben refuses to believe it, as he anvilizes that "only God can make the weather stop." ["In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be a healer." -- Isaiah 3:7]. "You think you can hide what you are?" asks Lodz. "Even a blind man can see it. Don't be a fool. Let me help you." He then proceeds to "help" Ben by pulling a flaming poker out of the fire and pressing it against his cheek. Ben jumps back, shouting, "You burned me!" but his reaction is curiously muted considering the severity of the injury. "But you're not burned, are you?" inquires Lodz. And in fact, when Ben pulls his hand away, the injury is totally gone. I'm also thinking they blew their CGI wad on making the sky blue, because they passed up a perfect chance to actually show the wound vanishing here. Ben realizes that he really isn't hurt, and silently tries to come to terms with what that means as Lodz goes right on acting smarmy. ["I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible" -- Isaiah 13:11]

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