The Midnight Club, Secrets of the End: Is There a Logic?

Welcome to today’s session of The Midnight Club. Would you like a glass of wine? Chamomile tea? Whichever you choose, the only limit to these stories is your imagination.

But chances are, you want answers. So what was that hourglass symbol? What do these stories mean? And who is Dr. Stanton? There’s a lot of firewood, scares, and spoilers on the way, so pull up a chair and let’s dive deep into the twisted stories of the latest addition to the now-called “Flanaverse” on Netflix.

What is Midnight Club and why is it so 90s?

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Before we start undoing some creepy and cult topics, let’s do a brief history of the The Midnight Club. For many ’90s kids out there, this open source is a serious throwback to library trips and school book fairs. Christopher Pike’s book series was essential for 1990s teens who wanted something scarier than Goosebumps.

We even see some flashes of a picture very similar to the original book cover at the beginning of the first episode. It’s no accident that the episode also has plenty of references to the X-Files, colorful iMacs, and even excitement for the upcoming PlayStation. And here’s to everyone who felt when that Blind Melon song started.

Oh, and if you’re looking for classic horror references – plus those glimpses of Fangoria editions and copies of Stephen King’s Dead Zone – Dr. Stanton is played by none other than Heather Langenkamp. She is the legendary horror actress who faced off against Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street, the third film in the Dream Warriors series, and the pre-90s pre-Scream meta-sequel Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. She is particularly suited here to lead a household where dreams often seem to come true – and vice versa.

As in the book that inspired it, The Midnight Club it’s a gathering of terminally ill teenagers telling each other scary stories in front of the fire. But in Mike Flanagan’s adaptation, the tales they tell are actually from other Christopher Pike stories. They’re in the episode titles, but you’ll recognize hitchhikers Poppy Corn and Freedom Jack from the Pike Road to Nowhere book, and Dusty and his trusty hammer from the pages of Wicked Heart. So yes, if something looks familiar, you haven’t accidentally read the future. Don’t worry, you’re not a cyborg. Probably not, anyway.

And this is exceptionally meta storytelling. Not only are these tales about love, loss, fate, strangeness, sacrifice and, of course, horror – themes that are especially profound for our main characters trapped in Brightcliffe – but they are stories led by these teenagers. And that means no one is afraid to jump when there are the wrong kind of scares or poorly named sports teams. Mike Flanagan is playing with the concept of the story itself and the power of imagination and reality.

What happened to Anya?

This is especially poignant when it comes to the protagonist, Anya. As she grows even sicker, the group tries a ritual that Ilonka found in a book in the library. We’ll get to the book’s origins in a minute, but once the ritual takes place, we see a shadowy figure descend upon Anya. In the next episode, Anya is apparently cured, three years later – 1997. She is working in a supermarket, but desperately unhappy, missing her friends who are now long dead. It is only as the episode progresses that we see that she lives in the world of the stories of the The Midnight Club.

The Amesh story video game store is here, Dandy’s mother and a hammer, the screaming horrors of Spencer’s story from the very first episode, and even Anya’s own creation, the ballerina Dana, who makes a dangerous pact with the devil. . This is also a story. Anya’s alarm clock, regularly set to midnight, suddenly broadcasts the group over the recovery room radio. We’re seeing the world of her imagination before she passes by, giving us a vision of a world in which she survives, but also the sad truth of one in which she doesn’t.

Who were the Paragons?

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As explained in Episode 5, when Ilonka encounters what she calls “The Paragon Diaries” – the source of the ritual the group tries to use to help Anya – the Paragon was a cult started in the 1930s by a woman named Regina Ballard. It started innocently off with natural healing, but Regina became obsessed with five specific Greek goddesses, especially Acesus, the ancient Greek goddess of healing.

Paragon embraces the hourglass symbol, which represents an endless cycle of time – as long as you keep spinning it. Assuming the name Lit, Regina led a ritual in Brightcliffe’s basement, sacrificing four women to prolong her life, effectively turning her own hourglass. Regina’s daughter Athena escaped, saving the children and alerting the police who discovered the macabre scene. Regina said it was an accident, but we’re not sure how accidental all the blood and poison looked in the eyes of the law. Regardless, Brightcliffe is left stranded until Dr. Stanton buys it in the 1960s, turning it into a hospice.

What did Julia Jayne want?

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This brings us to Julia Jayne’s wishes. She gives Ilonka a false name when she initially meets her in the forest and talks about the natural powers of water and chamomile that grows in the forest. Ilonka already knew Julia – a girl who supposedly disappeared into the woods before returning to Brightcliffe after a week, apparently cured – and she would do anything to be able to do the same.

As we discover, to Ilonka’s horror, this mysterious woman is either Julia Jayne who, instead of going out into the woods and undergoing a ritual, actually hunted down a now much older Regina Ballard, or Aceso Regina tells her to return to Brightcliffe. through the forest, as if a miracle had happened. We don’t know exactly what the duo did before Julia returned, apparently cured – but we do know that Regina calls Julia a “bright girl”, just as Julia calls Ilonka. In the 1990s, Ilonka helps Julia get into Brightcliffe only to find that Ilonka wants to poison everyone in the basement to get another chance at the ritual.

Did everything have a logical explanation?

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The Midnight Club loves to play with our expectations and also with our emotions. Can everything here be explained logically? As is always the case with Mike Flanagan’s work, we prefer to believe in the supernatural to save ourselves from the fear and terror of only being human – something Natsuki teaches us in Road to Nowhere.

Sometimes it seems that any ghostly happenings have a rational explanation. Sandra is not healed in Anya’s ritual, but was misdiagnosed. Spencer’s ghostly radio interaction was just Sandra trying to help him believe in something otherworldly. Anya herself says in her letter to the group that if the afterlife allows communication, she will send messages far clearer than just vague forms. While she doesn’t appear to them, Ilonka discovers that Anya’s award-winning ballet statue is now more broken and has somehow been fixed. But there are more inexplicable things.

The shadowy figures wait for the teenagers as death approaches and there are time lapses as Ilonka travels to a grainy, older version of Brightcliffe. She finds herself drawn to the basement, where she meets Kevin, who is doing the same thing. The group tries to say the pair have a shared illusion – or folie à deux – but that doesn’t stop them from describing the milky-eyed elderly couple they keep seeing in mirrors and in their dreams.

Who are the people in the picture?

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Which brings us to the couple in this photo in the final moments of the series. This 1898 framed newspaper clipping commemorating the construction of Brightcliffe features Stanley Oscar Frelan and Vera Frelan. And they are identical to the terrifying apparitions from Ilonka and Kevin’s nightmares. This suggests that even before Paragon, Brightcliffe knew horror. Either that or Aceso’s rituals had awakened something else in the building.

Why Dr. Does Stanton have an hourglass on the back of his head?

And finally, let’s look at Dr. Stanton. Specifically, the back of his neck. In the show’s final reveal, we see that she’s not just bald – potentially undergoing treatment for an undisclosed ailment. But she has a tattoo of the Paragon symbol. Given her fury over Julia Jayne’s incursion, she’s certainly not on her side, and she genuinely seems to care about the teens in her care — especially Ilonka — but she knows a lot more about Paragon than she’s letting on. Looking at the numbers alone, she is too young to be Athena, daughter of Acesus in the 1930s, but could easily have been Athena’s daughter, restarting the cult at the original ritual site. Or… let’s hope Natsuki isn’t right.

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