Sunday, November 13, 2022

REVIEW: 'Interview With the Vampire' - A Ball Provides the Perfect Cover for Louis and Claudia's Scheme in 'The Thing Lay Still'

AMC's Interview With the Vampire - Episode 1.07 "The Thing Lay Still"

The vampire family plans to leave New Orleans after throwing a lavish Mardi Gras ball.

"The Thing Lay Still" was written by Rolin Jones & Ben Philippe and directed by Alexis Ostrander

Is it possible to kill a vampire? That's the pressing question Molloy has after Louis and Claudia declare their intention of killing Lestat. Their family could no longer function this way. They no longer wanted to be bound to this path. And yet, the inherent irony is that their lives repeat the same patterns all the time. Time holds no meaning for them anymore. Others in New Orleans question how they don't age. That's gotten a ton of attention. People are even willing to plead with them to save their lives. The vampire family shows no pity. Not even the central interview can be seen with altruistic motives. It's not Louis sharing his story so the world finally knows about the existence of vampires. Molloy questions every detail because he sees how carefully crafted all of this has been. He wants to know what's in the missing pages from Claudia's journal. He knows they must be important. That resource still provides him with a different perspective of the time period. Claudia is much more objective than Louis has ever been. She knew she couldn't trust him with the details of their plan. They knew Lestat had turned Antoinette into a vampire. Only Claudia knew that Antoinette was following them and listening in on their conversations. That's how Lestat knew Claudia was trying to leave once more. Louis can be so blind to the manipulation of others. Claudia relies on him to get close to Lestat once more. He needs to fall in love again. He needs to be enamored with his maker. He does and much more boldly than ever before. They proudly step forward in public as a couple. It's to the absolute horror of the crowd that's gathered for their Mardi Gras party. However, that's tame compared to the disaster that befalls the house later on. Everyone assumed the work of the devil was prominent in this place. They wanted those secrets. They object to the moral depravity. It's all absolutely loving for Louis. He gets caught up in the moment. He can't think straight. He deprived himself. He believed his family did the same to make this feast even better. They never suffered from distraction though. It was always Lestat versus Claudia. They fought against each other until someone emerged victorious. Louis was the wild card because he has genuine love for both. He was trapped in a toxic relationship. And yet, it didn't take much for him to become completely enamored with Lestat again. He accepted Lestat must die. He still changed his mind. He respects Claudia's independence and viciousness. He cares for her. They are still constantly getting in each other's way. They may ultimately do nothing but hold each other back. That's the said truth of this story. It doesn't arrive at a neat and concise ending. That's the version of events Louis would like to pass along. It's not true.

Fundamentally, Louis wanted Lestat to suffer. The only way the vampires knew he was gone would be to burn the body. They had no problem doing so with Antoinette. Lestat groomed her to become the new third person in this family. He wanted to control love absolutely. He never obtained that power over Claudia. As such, she was a nuisance who constantly had to be put in her place. She overpowered him though. She outsmarted him at every turn. She used his pride against him. Lestat could go through the motions of loving Louis. He could wield this hold over him. He didn't have the same power with Claudia. She understood his weaknesses. He wanted to dictate the terms of their departure from New Orleans. The family would move to Buenos Aires. Louis and Claudia put up some resistance. They didn't want to reveal their true motives. However, Claudia knew Lestat would always be suspicious. Part of why he created Antoinette was to get inside Louis and Claudia's secret dialogue. That connection provided so many opportunities. It was their bond that excluded Lestat completely. He had to control that as well. Again, Claudia understood all of this. She may be the youngest of the vampires. She has complete clarity over who her family is. This is simply something that must be done. There is no love lost for Lestat. And yet, his body isn't thrown into the incinerator. Instead, it's thrown out with the trash. It's all perceived with the understanding that Lestat was drained of all life. He bled out on the floor while Claudia delighted in writing his last words in his own blood. Louis slit Lestat's throat to make the betrayal just as prominent from him too. But Louis ultimately saved Lestat. He finished this conflict in an environment where he could rebuild his life by feeding off the rats at the dump. He was degraded to the life he shamed Louis for living. Louis was making his own choices. He did so at Claudia's expense. These three are constantly tearing each other apart. They have to focus all their energy onto each other because they have nothing else. They are insulated from the rest of the world. Louis and Claudia say they want to escape together. They have different interests. Louis' path eventually leads him to Rashid. That's the dramatic reveal at the end of the season. Rashid is actually the ancient vampire Armand and the love of Louis' life. That too is a pattern repeating. Louis is once again in love with an ancient vampire who wields his power carefully. Molloy had his suspicions based on the dream he had. He doesn't remember the night when he first met Louis. He knew he had to question Rashid's presence and his ability to walk in the sunlight. That only reveals how powerful Armand truly is. It's seductive. Louis is attracted to it more strongly than anything else. Armand has immense power. He wisely chooses when to display it and for whom. Louis can't handle any resistance made along the way. He can't control everything. He can't behave like Lestat. Molloy won't let that happen. And so, more has to be revealed. That's not exactly comfortable. It does get at the heart of what the vampires truly want to reveal by the end of this story. It's not quite enough. It's sufficient to build the narrative's twists. The central premise may fade away though as Molloy could forever be trapped unable to share the story of the most dangerous people in the entire world.