and of course this means my dormant O’Lang feelings are surging to the fore once again oh god help too many fandoms
My only desire is to have a spin-off series where O’Brien and Lang team up to expose bogus mediums (that is to say, all of the mediums) in post-war England; Lang because he has such moral outrage at people taking advantage of the grieving masses and then calling it a religion, O’Brien because she enjoys out-thinking and then humiliating others in a public environment.
Like it wouldn’t have to be O’Lang, even! They’d just be two disillusioned atheists trying to tear down the sentimental cult that’s costing their community a pretty penny. Granted, if Sarah had less dignity/soul she would probably consider going into business as a medium because it would be easy as hell- most people want to be fooled if they think they’ll get to tell their Tommy goodbye, and she could probably do spirit manifestations in a dark room in her sleep.
OH GOD THOUGH I will literally have to write a piece where Lang discovers that his boyhood hero Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is not only a Spiritualist, but is spearheading a series of lectures on the validity of the psychics/mediums out there.
like he’s sprawled out on the floor clutching his head and groaning in secondhand humiliation/shame, and Sarah keeps casually reading aloud from a newspaper article about Doyle’s ghost-channeling exploits or, god forbid, the Cottingley Fairies incident and with every word he just lets out another agonized groan
and Sarah never lets him forget that Doyle is a Spiritualist
even though she’s really really fond of him
and is banging him
but in all seriousness I find the revival of Spiritualism during/after WWI to be fascinating and I’d love to explore how my interpretations of the characters would react and interact with the movement’s followers. Sarah would be mildly amused, and would call the whole thing stupid, but Andrew would be fucking livid, because it isn’t just a predatory manipulation of widows or childless parents or orphans or survivors, but because it’s a slap in the face to all who have died, and all the practitioners are either too stupid or too greedy to step back and think.