Ideal: What's inside the red bag?
Yasuko (Haruka Kuroda)
Creator Graham Duff writes...
In tonight's episode of IDEAL, there's a scene where the pregnant Yasuko (Haruka Kuroda) is sitting alone in Moz's living room. She glances up, only to see a woman in a long, flowing, black latex dress standing upside down on the ceiling.
As the woman turns towards us, we see that not only is she a doppelganger of Yasuko herself, but that she has a strange nozzle type nose which leads down to a vacuum attachment, with which she is hoovering the ceiling.
It's not a dream and it's not an hallucination brought about by drug use. So what could it be? A vision caused by the pregnancy? The onset of a breakdown? A symptom of some kind of psychic possession brought about by the spirit of Yasuko's sperm doner - the frightening and mysterious Fist? Or perhaps, to use the language of a slightly more poetic age, a reverie or dark fugue? My lips are sealed. You'll have to watch and make up your own mind.
As with a number of the more enigmatic elements of IDEAL - the permanently masked Cartoon Head, the aforementioned Fist, the nature and contents of the unfathomable Red Bag - it's open to interpretation.
Personally, I have always been a fan of the ambiguous. Stories where everything is neatly packaged up have never really appealed. I like uncertainties to chew over and loose ends to fiddle with.
And I don't think I'm alone. Ever since 'Pulp Fiction' attained mainstream success with what might be termed an exploded narrative, audiences have increasingly developed an apetite for stories which require some proper thought.
What is inside The Red Bag?
I firmly believe it's often far more satisfying to keep things in flux rather than resolve them. Whilst one of the questions I'm most frequently asked about IDEAL is, "What's inside the Red Bag", I'm well aware of the feeling of anti-climax many viewers felt when 'Frasier' allowed Niles and Daphne to finally get together, or when 'Twin Peaks' revealed Laura Palmer's killer.
So for the time being, I'm going to keep that one to myself. Now if you'll excuse me, the ceiling needs hoovering.
Watch a clip from this episode of Ideal below:
More from Ideal:
- Graham Duff gives the lowdown on previous Ideal episodes.
- Watch more clips from Ideal.
- How to build an entire television set...in three minutes.
- Ideal in 360 degrees.
Ideal continues every Thursday at 22.30 on BBC Three.