Society was not prepared for the sinister character LD Curtain to resemble their benefactor, or to make them doubt their mission.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Mysterious Benedict Society Season 1 Episode 3, “Depends on the Wagon,” which is now airing on Disney +.
The second episode of Disney + The mysterious Benedict society revealed that the director of the sinister Institute is actually Mr. Benedict’s missing twin brother, Dr. LD Curtain. The closest thing the series has to a villain so far is Curtain making a wrench. The protagonists are not sure who to trust when faced with an identical copy of their benefactor, who tells them a story of betrayal and promises them safety. But Curtain’s mysterious past makes him equally untrustworthy.
The mysterious Benedict society follows four orphaned children brought together by the narcoleptic genius Mr. Benedict to solve a crisis known as The Emergency, a vague conflict that makes everyone anxious. Benedict has discovered a secret signal being broadcast underneath television shows and radio shows that is increasing the world’s anxiety, and has traced its origin to the Learning Institute for Veritas and Enlightenment. The Society infiltrates to join the school, where it is finally revealed to headmaster Dr. LD Curtain.
Dr. Curtain was born Nathaniel Benedict, twin brother of The mysterious Benedict societythe eponymous character, Nicholas Benedict. The twins were orphaned, but later separated when they were only 12 years old. The family that adopted Mr. Benedict did not have the space to take care of both brothers. While Mr. Benedict promised to return for him, Nathaniel felt betrayed by the experience and escaped from the orphanage to survive on his own. When Mr. Benedict recounts this part of the story, he describes keeping his promise to return only to find that his brother had already left.
Nathaniel has since changed his name to LD Curtain, both to hide himself and to distance himself from a name he felt betrayed by. Curtain kept a low profile, hiding from public records and photographs while studying a wide range of scientific fields and earning the title of “Dr.” in her name. Mr. Benedict describes his brother as brilliant but troubled: Curtain worked at an aeronautical institute on satellite communications and has studied not only science and engineering, but also philosophy. This path is what led him to the Institute.
Dr. Curtain was responsible for the raid on Mr. Benedict’s home in Episode 1, and the ongoing surveillance that Milligan conflicts with in Episode 3. It is clear that while Mr. Benedict had no knowledge of his brother, Dr. Curtain had been keeping weighed down on his brother and had even worked to “contain” him. The fact that Dr. Curtain was unable to communicate with Mr. Benedict led him to speed up the timeline of his yet-to-be-revealed grand plan.
But Dr. LD Curtain is not just a sinister presence, he is also a father. Society member Reynie meets Curtain’s adopted son, introduced as SQ. Hiding in Curtain’s study, SQ seems friendlier than other students, more willing to talk to Reynie. His relationship with his father is still unclear, aside from Curtain’s paternal instinct to make his son eat more vegetables. This relationship humanizes Curtain, making his villainous nature even less secure and contributing to the doubt of the Society.
Dr. Curtain is set up as a villainous character, possibly responsible for the strange Institute and associated in some way with the subliminal messages behind The Emergency. Still, his familiar appearance and the fact that Mr. Benedict kept his twin a secret have planted the seeds of doubt in the minds of the Society. What The mysterious Benedict society Delving deeper into the secretive and unapproachable nature of Dr. Curtain, his commitment to his roles as director, father, and brother will no doubt be revealed.
The Mysterious Benedict Society stars Tony Hale, Kristen Schaal, Ryan Hurst, MaameYaa Boafo, Gia Sandhu, Seth Carr, Emmy DeOliveira, Mystic Inscho, and Marta Kessler. New episodes air Fridays on Disney +.
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