The pieces start to come together in “Everything in Its Place” as the mysteries, mythology and numerals paint a picture.
This recap of Equinox season 1, episode 4, “Everything in Its Place”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Rituals! Has anything good ever come of one? Equinox episode 4 isn’t trying to buck that trend it seems, as it begins with Ida very much at the center of the pagan festivities, chinning the contents of an egg while being smeared in face paint as an intense-looking Jakob looks on. By the time she’s stripped off, it’s hard to imagine this is going to go well.
In the present-day, following the instructions left in the package, Astrid meets with her mysterious looming stalker, who turns out to be Falke. Together they schlep through an abandoned amusement park like Scooby-Doo villains to his hideout, where he explains the connection between Ida and Ostara – one and the same, it seems – and the significance of the tape player, not to mention the accuracy of Jakob’s book, the contents of which began to come true after Ida drank the contents of that egg. Who knows what kind of madness Rocky brought on by supping all those yolks raw?
Having been pointed back to Torben and advised to listen to the tape both forwards and backward, Astrid heads to the hospital where the braindead man is being tended to, but she’s promptly blamed and ejected by his wife. Heading home, she’s confronted by Lene, and their argument circles back around to Astrid’s dreams, her “special gift”, her bond with her sister. Inspired, Astrid pokes around Ida’s room again and begins to put together all the clues she has, including the tape and a bird amulet she finds in a wooden egg. You don’t have to be a numerologist to discern the significance of the numbers 21 (the number of students who went missing, and on June 21st no less), 22 (Jakob died on December 22nd), and 23 (September 23rd is the Autumn Solstice and Astrid’s birthday).
Next, the forwards and backward clue courtesy of Falke – playing the tape in reverse assures Astrid that she’s “next”. Dennis is on-hand to ease the sting of this news in a nice little moment, but the idea that Ostara is just a fantasy is tough to swallow as consolation at this point.
This is especially true after Astrid receives a letter from Jakob – sent from Romania, where he died – that reads, “Ostara flows in the blood as water flows in the river.” Nice.
Most of the rest of “Everything in Its Place” is confined to the past, concerning both Astrid and her visions, and Ida, meeting her fate atop a pedestal in the ritual. It’s a haunting image, that last one. Masks and pagans never seem to bode well.
We do jump to the present, briefly, for a cliffhanger in which Falke commits suicide and Torben jolts awake – a fittingly eerie end to a chapter rife with puzzles and mystery.
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