Even if you happen to’re onboard with the concept that the Pontifex Institute cultists simply concentrated actually exhausting on an imaginary dude till at some point he popped into existence as a unadorned 42-year-old child, you would possibly nonetheless be confused about why everybody else appears to know who James Lasombra is. He has a safety retailer with prospects that he interacts with. He has a house stuffed with photographs of himself and his late spouse and son. Nora Quail (Marin Eire) is aware of him, remembers their illicit funeral intercourse, and calls him when Amanda goes lacking. Even a random cop who comes to research Amanda’s disappearance acknowledges James. “Did not you utilize to be a cop?” he asks. “Yeah, I keep in mind listening to about you.”
Simply as Adam Wyatt in “Superstition” begins to take root outdoors of the confines of the parapsychology experiment, the Pontifex Institute’s efforts to create James additionally carve out an area for him on the planet. They transmit their ideas about him, planting reminiscences of him in different folks. They concentrate on James’ imaginary deal with, an empty home, and objects manifest inside it that create the impression of a lived-in residence.
However if you happen to look carefully, you will discover issues are simply barely off. Certain, James’ home has the fundamentals, nevertheless it nonetheless appears fairly naked and the yard appears overgrown and vacant. His workplace has a certificates declaring his experience in safety, however there is a much less apparent and really incongruous doc subsequent to it: a radiogram addressed to Amelia Earhart, a lady who famously disappeared with out a hint.
James Lasombra is simply a skinny sketch of an individual. That is why his tragic backstory is a complete cliché. He is lived simply sufficient life to have skilled “sorrow, grief, and guilt.” And that ache makes him the right Empty Man.