DVD
Hex
The Complete Second Season

Starring: Jemima Rooper, Christina Cole and Laura Pyper
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
RRP: 39.99
CDRP2665
Certificate: 15
Available 06 March 2006


A teenage girl becomes aware of her strange new powers and of her legacy. Her future is unclear as the forces for good and evil fight to make her their own. Her destiny is in her own hands...

It's debatable whether or not I'm the right person to review this release. Having seen none of the five episodes comprising the first season I come to Hex cold but objective. From what I can gather, the story so far is that Cassie, a student at posh English school Medenham Hall, begins to learn about her background and the heritage of the school. Dark forces are at work and Cassie doesn't see it coming. Her coupling with Azazeal (anyone doing the squelchy with someone called Azazeal deserves everything they get!) produces a quickly developing child, Malachi, who turns out to be the child of the devil, as Azazeal is revealed to be the leader of the demon Nephilim hoard (apparently released at the end of season one). Now the danger is that the child can not be allowed to live and grow powerful, but killing a baby is not an easy task.

This is a difficult one to quantify. On the face of it there's not much at fault with the quality of Hex. The character of Cassie is weak (frankly, it's a relief when another girl comes in to pretty much take her place), and Azazeal's not particularly strong as the resident evil villain (perhaps a little too underplayed). The link with the viewing audience is quite obviously the wise- cracking lesbian ghost Thelma. Although there are mild English expletives and plenty of throwaway comments, not much of the humour makes its mark. However, having said all that, without the resulting popularity, Hex shares all of the high production values of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It also shares it's more adult themes with the later seasons of Buffy, so we have flirting, sex scenes, and a more adult-oriented dialogue.

This is real encouraging stuff for home grown entertainment (Hex airs on Sky 1), and with the added bonus of top notch effects by The Mill, who work on Doctor Who, this series can only go from strength to strength. Personally, I couldn't get into it, but I do accept that I might have warmed to the show had I followed it from the beginning. I only received check discs so I can't comment on the packaging or if any special features are included in the finished set (I saw none). There are thirteen episodes spread over five discs, which I'm certain could have been condensed to three or four at most.

Ty Power

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