Sybil Oakwood

March 13, 2014


I only remember bits and pieces of Friday the 13th: The Series. My most vivid memory of this show, aside from the WTF title sequence, was that of white-cloaked women chanting under a tree that bore these creepy flowers. 

I've recently had the opportunity to finish that episode, titled "The Tree of Life." Apparently, those women are a coterie of Druids, and their high priestess is an obstetrician named Sybil Oakwood, played to campy perfection by Gale Garnett. 

Sybil and Sister Summersisle could be real besties. Dr. Oakwood is not exactly subtle about her magical connections; Summersisle could certainly use some divine intervention with regards to agriculture. Sybil has plenty to learn from Summersisle on Celtic politics, let alone honeymaking. It's really not hard to imagine them in a forest clearing somewhere, before a burning wicker man, as Enya's "The Celts" wafts through the air. 

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