Dec 1, 2018
We know almost nothing about Danny’s life, other than that he met Grace at a bereavement support group meeting and he has expensive, high action sporting equipment in his storage unit. He took Grace scuba diving and is training Olive to go rock climbing in a spot that’s a harsh environment, but does have some easy pitches. He’s able to drop what he’s doing, day or night, for whatever Olive needs, whether it’s someone to get her out of a shoplifting bust or someone to pay attention to her.
He’s refused to stop seeing Olive, on the basis that he doesn’t have his own children, so he can’t give her up. Which is hella creepy when you think about it. He forgot to have his own kid, so he’ll just take Ben’s, because he’s given her a spin and likes her. And now Grace is being possessive with Cal, because she missed him while she thought he was dead, and she wants to punish Ben. Wonder where she got the idea that you own your kids, and can just treat them like objects, from?
Danny is probably a military psychiatrist or psychologist in charge of an entire MKUltra style program. He knows every manipulation, brainwashing and interrogation technique there is, and he’s used half of them on Grace, but he didn’t really need to. He encouraged her to hate Ben and to blame him for everything that went wrong. He encouraged her to keep Cal’s memory fresh, and to feel possessive of her children.
Grace seems to have been selfish and needy before the flight disappeared, but she’s obsessively so now. Before, her narcissism was on the level of a tendency. Now, it’s full-blown and destructive. As in, she’ll destroy anyone who gets between her and what she wants. Danny coached her to that place. He wanted her to be ready to toss aside her husband in favor of him.
He’s deeply embedded in Grace’s family because the project knew the Stones would be important, especially Cal, and they knew they’d need to have Cal’s mother on their side to experiment on him. It’s already established within the family that Olive is safe doing things alone with Danny, and that it’s okay to keep secrets in any configuration of the family members. It’s also established that in the minds of Grace, Olive and Danny, Cal and Ben are mentally unstable since they came home, and nothing Cal or Ben say can be trusted to be reliable.
Thus, you have the perfect set up for Danny to “get close” to Cal, when he’s actually doing experiments on him. Or on him and Olive. Twin studies are a huge thing. Olive is the control group, and as such she’s also very important.
Grace is so desperate to be lied to and told that everything is FINE and NORMAL and that she’s PERFECT and BEAUTIFUL, that Danny doesn’t even have to do any convincing to make her sell out her family. All he has to do is whisper a few sweet nothings and tell her he’ll take care of everything. She’ll think he’s the perfect man, while he’s torturing her children, and threatening that he’ll hurt them if they say anything. Or he’ll make Cal and Olive forget the experiments, using whatever mind wipe technology they used on the passengers to make them forget what happened during the 5 1/2 missing years.
What nefarious purpose is the Acadia trip really code for?
*I love Daniel Sunjata. I have a fantasy that Danny is sincere and harmless in his familial love for Olive and Grace. I want him to realize what’s happening with Cal and decide to help Ben in any way he can. Then Ben and Danny are the buddy cops who save the day. But there is no point to Danny as a character if they do that. He’d be Ben 2.0. So he’s in the mix to do something else, not to be the guy who will fight to the ends of the earth for those kids.
This article was originally published at metawitches.com.