*This article contains some spoilers for Season 1 of NOS4A2, but I tried to keep them to a minimum.
NOS4A2 is a wild ride, literally. Written by Joe Hill, the series aired on AMC this season and just completed its first season with a two hour long finale. The story is certainly unique. Our big bad is a guy named Charlie Manx (out actor Zachary Quinto), who drives a 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith, and has a symbiotic relationship with the car. He ages and gets younger again quickly, depending on the condition of the car. Also, he runs a place called Christmasland, where he brings abducted children who morph into little sharp-teethed monsters after spending time in the Wraith. Still with me?
The heroine of NOS4A2 is a teenage girl named Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings), a talented artist who is stuck in Haverhill, a dead-end New England town. One day while riding her trusty dirt bike, she discovers a mysterious bridge that allows her to travel places and find lost objects and people. The bridge is referred to as a Shorter Way, and connects her with the evil Charlie Manx. It also connects her with medium and librarian Maggie (newcomer Jahkara Smith), who lives in Iowa. A little boy in Maggie’s town has been taken by Manx, and Vic and Maggie quickly team up. Did I mention that Maggie has a magic bag of Scrabble tiles that answer questions in cryptic ways? Think Hermoine’s bag but way more creepy.
Maggie, like Vic, has had it rough. She was thrown out of her house by her mother for being gay, and has struggled with addiction and homelessness. When we meet Maggie, she is close with the sheriff in her small town, Sheriff Bly, and helps him on cases from time to time. She’s incredibly concerned about the disappearance of Danny, the young boy, and her Scrabble bag foretells the arrival of Vic McQueen. When Vic arrives in Iowa via the Shorter Way Bridge, she and Maggie team up to find Manx and end the abductions.
Maggie is an exciting character, whose sexuality plays a big part in her story, from her library hookups in the stacks, to her complicated relationship with her mother, to the sizzling chemistry with a detective in Vic’s hometown, Tabitha Hunter (the swoontastic Ashley Romans). Maggie meets Tabitha after a near-fatal run in with Charlie Manx. Maggie’s gift is a blessing and a curse, but it’s her dogged determination to find Danny and stop Manx along with Vic. She’s a queer heroine with baggage, which is my favorite kind. Luckily for us, NOS4A2 has ben given a second season so we can see more of Maggie’s story, especially since she stayed in Haverhill to work with Det. Hunter.
Season 1 of NOS4A2 is available on AMC