In Review: The Mysterious Benedict Society (S1 – EP3) Depends on the Wagon

The kids strive for academic success

Synopsis: In ‘Depends on the Wagon’.  The kids strive for academic success without revealing their investigation to Dr. Curtain.


The Story

Having settled in at the Institute. Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance devise a plan. But are shocked by the revelation for their headmaster Dr. Curtain is Mr. Benedict’s identical twin. So, before getting the word out to their leader. The kids decide that they will pursue a course of academic excellence in order to become a messenger and find out what is transmitting from the tower. 

Shocked to learn that Dr. Curtain is his identical twin. Mr. Benedict sends his friend Milligan back to his home to retrieve some personal papers.

Back at the institute. Reynie’s plan seems to be working out for both him and sticky. But the girls are failing in their studies. Reynie gets called to Dr. Curtain’s office where he is asked a barrage of questions about his friendship with Sticky.


The Acting

Tony Hale puts in a brilliant performance as both Mr. Benedict and his somewhat disturbed twin brother Dr. Curtain. I loved the scene where Benedict has a bit of a meltdown because he is having trouble processing the news that his twin is his enemy. Likewise, the scene in which Dr. Hale questions Reynie (Mystic Inscho) about his friends is equally fun.

We also get some solid performances from Emmy DeOliveira and Marta Kessler as Kate and Constance. The scene in the bedroom where the girls are testing each other’s boundaries was quite funny. Especially the moment where Kate is holding her bucket close to her for fear of it being snatched.



In terms of story. Not a great deal happened in ‘Depends on the Wagon’ other than the kids getting word to Mr. Benedict about Dr. Curtain. And of course Reynie’s meeting with Curtain and the girls failing to equal the boys academically. However, the lack of events was more than made up for by some great character moments.

Overall. Not a bad third episode, but not that great either in that we still have very little clue to the character motives. I suspect we got a little spoiled by having two episodes to watch last week.

The Mysterious Benedict Society (S1 - EP3) Depends on the Wagon
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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