Saturday, April 2, 2016

MARIAH's TAKE on Damien Season 1 Episode 4 - " The Number of a Man"

About the Show:
Damien Thorn (James Bradley) discovers that he is the Antichrist. He must confront his past and cope with the truth of who and what he is.


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Television Network:
A&E

Genre:
Supernatural/Paranormal Drama
Horror/Suspense

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Rating:
TV-14 V,L

Created by:
Glen Mazzara


Cast:
Bradley James - Damien Thorn
Barbara Hershey - Ann Rutledge
Megalyn E.K. - Simone Baptiste
Omid Abtahi - Amani Golkar
Scott Wilson - John Lyons
David Meunier - Detective Shay
Robin Weigert - Sister Greta Fraueva

   
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Episode 4: "The Number of a Man"
Synopsis:
Damien's secret is out, making him the target of several conspiracies. Detective Shay (David Meunier) interrogates Damien, but Ann Rutledge (Barbara Hershey), a mysterious benefactor, intercedes.

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*My Thoughts*

No, Hershel (actor Scott Wilson, The Walking Dead) cut off his ponytail! Continuing with Damien, religious and supernatural occurrences appear in Damien’s life and those who are becoming involved, not only death but miraculous fetuses from drains, demonic apparitions, and blood dripping from symbolic orifices. The show lifts off the ground. Is Damien going to accept the Antichrist title or use it whenever it seems convenient?


This episode starts while Simone (Megalyn E.K.) is in the bathtub only to find a chicken fetus in her drain. Her part is still unknown but if Kelly (Tiffany Hines) had never met Damien, she would have had a peaceful life but people who mess with Damien never have a happy ending. Which brings us to Detective Shay (David Meunier); he hasn’t pinned any religious affiliations to Damien quite yet but from all of the unlucky events happening in his life, will he at least talk to a priest.


Detective Shay holds great animosity for Damien and only considers him to be another delinquent, asshole that he can put behind bars. Although he seems to be atheist, Damien calls Detective Shay’s bluffs and hints to embracing the supernatural protection he is given. It’s not that he wants people to continuously die, it’s for their safety; “Stay away from me.” Damien is put under stress by Detective Shay and is held at the police station for a man killing himself after seeing Damien. Damien trying to stop him is meaningless and is labeled the assailant. He really is a selfless, heroic person but was unfortunately born as the wrong… thing.


Ann Rutledge (Barbara Hershey) continues to be creepy and it doesn’t seem like she is simply an Antichrist follower but an obsessed woman, aiming to sleep her way to the apocalyptic top. Her interactions with Detective Shay teeter this thought and places even more pressure on Damien as a “troubled man since childhood.” Does Damien have anyone else to blame but himself? In the events of Troy Hendrie’s (Bruno Verdoni) death, I would say Ann wanted him dead not for Damien’s safety, and therefore could be strike for her. But should he try killing himself?


It doesn’t look like Detective Shay, Simone, or Ann are going to leave him alone and even more innocents will get caught in the demonic crossfire. On the upside, his co-worker and best friend, Amani Golkar (Amid Abtahi) might survive this. He only seems to want what’s best for Damien without the religious voodoo; trying to get him a high paying job, feeling grateful for their first meeting, and seeing Damien as an overall good person.

Until the next dark episode.





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