At first I wasn’t sure about these streaming places developing their own TV shows. Honestly when House of Cards came out I wasn’t even interested. I didn’t hear anyone talking about the show. None of my friends mentioned it. Nothing popped up on Facebook or Twitter. So I chalked up House of a Cards as a failure. Time to move on Netflix. Arrested Development will be a built in success for you. And has anyone ever even heard of Lilyhammer? Yeah Netflix’s first original series. I didn’t think so. Anyways.
Then came this Hemlock Grove. A horror show with Eli Roth’s name attached. I’m not that big of a blood soaked horror movie fan. So I wasn’t sure if I’d like this show either. From the preview it felt like a werewolf gore fest was possibly what I was getting into. But I do like the supernatural, werewolf, vampire stuff. So I gave it a try.
And I will agree with most people out there: the first episode left me not wanting more. It felt like Netflix was trying to be HBO by throwing in some sex right in the beginning. Then we had a slew of characters introduced. And then a half eaten girl. A lot of great work put into the mystery and intrigue of the town but no cohesive story that I could find.
Then it gets interesting. Without needing a spoiler alert warning here is what to expect from the show:
Think murder mystery + 90210 + True Blood. You have werewolves, maybe vampires, a strange medical facility, gypsies, an Order of the Dragon and a Frankenstein like sister.
The end of the first episode is the beginning of a relationship between Peter and Roman. One a werewolf the other… well you’ll find out in the end. They are two high school boys, one new to town, the other a rich family owns the town type. They both want to find out who is killing these girls. They confront each other in the end of the first episode and flat out ask “Did you do it?” in a great scene that for me saved the show. I wanted more.
As the killings continue you get introduced to a slew of potential suspects. Including the possibility it could be Peter or Roman. And be ready because you don’t find out until near the end of the season. And by ‘don’t find out’ I mean once you think you know who it is that person dies or another suspect gets hinted at. While the story seemed like it was going everywhere in the beginning I will say that they did a good job of bringing it all together in the final three episodes.
The only complaint I have will be if Netflix doesn’t do a second season. Even though the killer is caught there is so much more to be found out. What happened to Shelley? What’s really going on in the White Tower? Now that Roman’s true self is discovered will he be good or evil? And what was the baby?
I know you’re intrigued and I will make a solid bet you will love this show.
If you don’t mind seeing someone’s tongue ripped out of their mouth.
Yeah there was that.