The sleep of reason produces monsters.

The second installment of Douglas and Hannah Rath’s web series Il Sonnambulo aired yesterday.  Chapter Two, titled “Hope”, was only eight minutes long, but was packed with backstory.

The episode begins in Atticus’ apartment.  He smoked an e-cigarette and listens to a recording of a crime scene description, in which a detached female voice describes a woman whose corpse has been horrifically mutilated (presumably the “bad bird” from Chapter One).  At 2:37 AM, we see Atticus in the final stages of developing photographs. The phone rings. Instead of a predicted crime scene tip, it’s a looped recording of a young girl’s voice saying “Hello, it’s me, Lucy.  Are you there?”  We see, for the first time, Atticus’ controlled composure cracking.  He stares at the phone in disbelief and demands the identity of the caller before shakily hanging up.  The phone rings again.  This time,  an older woman.  Atticus seems to know who she is.

Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 2.57.11 PMThe next scene shows Atticus taking a walk with his ex-wife, Karen (played by Elizabeth Moynihan).  She’s moved away from London and now has a home in the country with her new partner.  Karen also received the “Lucy” call.  Turns out Lucy is/was their young daughter who disappeared twenty-five years ago.  Presumed murdered by Il Sonnambulo, Lucy’s body was never found; Karen buried an empty coffin.  Atticus is convinced that Il Sonnambulo is using the recording to taunt them and tell them that Lucy is still alive.  Atticus has a new goal: find Lucy.

Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 2.58.05 PMWe then see a woman, dressed all in black and carrying a lace, black parasol, walk towards a docking station (possibly in Venice, but the location isn’t formally disclosed).  We don’t see her face.

Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 2.58.48 PMThe next day, back in London, Roberto answers a phone call from Atticus (mid-coitus, and much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Zoe, played by Elizabeth Ita)  They meet in an alleyway where Il Sonnambulo’s sigil has been carved, and Atticus demands that Roberto tell him how he knew about the sigil carved in the floor of the Natural History Museum.   Roberto reveals that before forming his career as a journalist, he was a hacker.  And he has all of the police files on Il Sonnambulo.  Roberto agrees to give the files to Atticus– if he has exclusive access to the photographer for interviews, as well as permission to accompany him to the crime scenes.  And thus an alliance is forged.  The last shot of the episode is a canal, and the last sound is someone screaming.

Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 2.59.54 PMYou can watch “Hope” here, or if you want to be adventurous, go here.