“Roman’s Six” – SurrealEstate Season 1 Episode 6 Review
Surrealist Season 1 Episode 6, titled “Roman’s Six”, has to be the most enjoyable episode yet. We had the Roman Agency trying to outwit a very dangerous paranormal being.
Directed by Melanie Scrofano and written by Duana Taha, the main plot of “Roman’s Six” involved the Roman agency getting a house handed over by Rita (Luke’s competitor). The opening of the episode made it clear how difficult the deal is going to be. During the first two minutes of “Roman’s Six”, Rita’s assistant died from a tree branch pushed into her orbit, followed by a woman dying by first falling on a knitting needle, then another woman dying while catching a stray arrow. in her… yeah, eye. I loved how the creative team decided to show all the deaths. The whole sequence gave me Final destination vibrations.
Based on the team’s research, it is inferred that everyone who attended the haunted facility’s open house was targeted for some reason. The house wanted people to come in to kill them later. After Rita gave the Roman agency a list of potential buyers, I liked seeing the team trying to avoid more deaths as they went through the list. The paranormal was struck every three days and made the deaths look like accidents. Of course, the team’s first try didn’t work out. A guy, whom Phil (Adam Korson) warned about, didn’t listen and died while dining in a fancy restaurant.
Things got personal when it was revealed that Megan (Tennille Read) also attended the open house and is next to die. I loved seeing the entire Roman Agency come together to protect Megan. Even though she doesn’t fully embrace the paranormal, I liked that Megan was sane enough to heed Luke’s warning. As a medic in training, she applied logic to the situation and this helped Luke (Tim Rozon) and the others come up with a strategy to defeat the supernatural strength of the serial killer.
‘Roman’s Six’ also allowed us to build traditions. It turns out that the dangerous demonic presence was called a clockmaker. As the name suggests, such an entity consisted of doing the same thing over and over again while precisely following a pattern. He was hitting every three days and killing people by blocking objects in their eyes. We also learned that he was unable to monitor the potential victim’s action throughout the day. The watchmaker only had a small window to figure out how to kill a person. After that he would go dormant until it was time to strike again. I’m a fan of creative teams sharing the rules of their fictional worlds. It helps make the story more immersive.
Megan’s question of what would happen if the demon’s pattern was disrupted served as the basis for the Roman agency’s plan to put an end to the clockmaker (who had possessed the body of the former owner of the house named Catherine).
Making the watchmaker believe he had killed Megan was certainly a highlight of the episode. I have to be honest, I had no idea Megan’s death was a fake. I actually thought the writers decided to kill her to cause Luke more pain. I have to say that all of Luke’s team working together to create the perfect “fake death” for Megan, by getting a piece of rebar into her eye while walking outside, was executed in such a way. impressive.
As for plot B in ‘Roman’s Six’, it involved Susan (Sarah Levy) trying to sell a property that was being used as a fraternity house by three types of college. It was clear that these young men were not going to allow the property to be sold. After playing nice didn’t work, Susan was ready to involve lawyers. But that’s where Zooey (Savannah Basley) decided to step in and what we did for another highlight. I had no idea that Zooey had the strength in her to change her whole personality and charm young men into bidding by lying about recording TikTok videos. I really enjoyed the whole sequence.
Additionally, seeing TikTok used in SurrealEstate although this has not yet been mentioned in the Gossip Girl reboot (which aired six episodes), made such an omission even more glaring. Gossip Girl is supposed to talk about social media being used to ruin lives and spill tea. Why the hell wasn’t TikTok used to post receipts or wreak havoc online? I highly doubt that the whole generation of high school students is on Instagram 24/7 (like Gossip Girl would like you to believe). Surrealist be more with time than freak Gossip Girl amuses me. You can watch my queer-inclusive coverage Gossip Girl restart on our YouTube channel.
The paranormal aspect of Plot B was revealed to involve the ghost of an old man contacting the Roman agency to get these fellowship boys out of his apartment building. The good news is that Susan and Zooey have finally been paid. I’m so here for the idea that real ghosts also contact the Roman agency to handle things with the properties they left behind so they can move on to the next realm peacefully. “As long as the check is cashed,” Zooey said. And I totally agree.
SurrealEstate continues to find the perfect balance between gore, scary and comedy. With four more episodes to go, I can’t wait to see what else the writers have planned.
Other thoughts and questions:
- Yes to Luke to be ready to show Megan a new house to move into. She really needs to get out of her current haunted mansion.
- Did I misunderstand or was Luke actually a stripper during his college days? Come on, Rita. Tell me more.
- Rita is incredibly frustrating! She didn’t show a shred of sympathy for her late assistant.
- With Susan mentioning how it seemed like Zooey had charmed the three young dudes into doing as she said, I wonder if Zooey has the ability to charm people? Like I said before, I wouldn’t be against Zooey having witchcraft in his lineage.
- Of course, August (Maurice Dean Wint) wasn’t going to enter such a haunted house, even the ones that opened the front door for him.
- Luke’s scenes with Catherine (Elizabeth Saunders) in prison were well acted out. I loved the way Saunders played the cold, calculating Catherine.
What did you think of “Roman’s Six”?
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Farid has a double master’s degree in psychology and biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in molecular genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville and The Game Master of Somerville. It gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime / manga, video games, and movies.
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