What is Beyond the Black Rainbow about, exactly?
BTBR begins in 1983 with doctor Mercurio Arboria (Scott Hylands) describing his Arboria Laboratories as “an institute of happiness” with messages being scattered during his presentation almost as a brainwashing mechanism and leaving the viewer confused in a matter of seconds. Shortly after, we learn that a young woman named Elena (Eva Allan) is being kept in a guarded room and being watched over by Dr. Barry Nyle (a very malevolent and stoic Michael Rodgers), who is observing her and using pharmaceuticals to heavily sedate Elena when he goes in to speak with her. The mute patient has been tested on for quite some time; Barry keeps telling her she is not well and he wished she could have seen her mother. There are hints from the beginning of Elena having some type of telepathy and being able to use her powers when she not medicated.
When Barry’s assistant Margo (Rondel Reynoldson) finds some shocking information about what his plans are and have been, Margo becomes expendable to Barry and meets her demise through an interaction with Elena, letting us in on exactly what Elena is capable of. Throughout all of his observations, Barry is able to control Elena’s mind through the power of a white prism and red fog in a secret laboratory in their secret compound. This is only the first half of BTBR as it goes further down the rabbit hole of mystery and metaphysical science experiments.
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