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
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
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.
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).
are thirteen episodes spread over five discs, which I'm certain
could have been condensed to three or four at most.