Saturday, April 16, 2016

MARIAH's TAKE on Damien Season 1 Episode 6 - "Temptress"

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

Based on the film:
The Omen

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 : "Temptress"
Synopsis:
As Damien starts to unravel the conspiracy around him, it leads him to a beloved figure from his past and a confrontation with Rutledge.

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*My Thoughts*

Is it religious or is it a drug? I guess you can say it was both. If it wasn’t the work of Satan, then Damien wouldn’t exist. Our opening scene sends us to the hospital with Damien after his suicide attempt in the previous episode and from then on, it seems like he couldn’t be happier. He tries to continue a rational life without Rutledge in the way, things start going the way he wishes, and the strange occurrences are just orchestrated events, but the sad part is no one seemed to be on his side in the end.

Damien wakes up and leaves the hospital without any fuss but the scene was far too bloody for this episode to be peaceful; a foreshadow to the conclusion. Patients bleeding everywhere, blood being cleaned on the floor, this only seems natural for an emergency room, and the opening credits start by zooming in on a puddle of blood. Afterwards, Damien begins to take matters into his own hands by investigating Rutledge and even John Lyons. One is overly enthusiastic to be at his side and the other is far too calm at “handling” the other. He finds out he was drugged, had the 666 symbol tattooed in his hairline, and that his parents had died because of Rutledge. It was all too good to be true. Like she said in a previous episode, Damien is just trying to put the blame on someone else.

But inconsistencies popped up midway through the episode. The Omen man can’t have a fairytale ending as things turn sour. The highest point of his happiness deteriorates in front of him as more deaths occur, once by his own hands and subsequent orchestrated events. I ask again, “Does someone always have to die in an episode of Damien?” The darker and more desperate side of his personality begins to surface as Rutledge appears yet again with bodyguards to tear Damien out of his investigation and everywhere he turns is another dead end. John Lyon begins to confront Damien along with Detective Shay and his closest friends begin to distance themselves from him, making the downward slope in this episode all the steeper.

In the end, it was all but a dream. We are taken back to the very first scene of the episode but instead of seeing the ambulance rushing to the hospital, we see Damien struggling and losing his mind. Well played director; you almost had me fooled. I can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction and treatment of Damien after this episode but of course Detective Shay will be skeptical and crude in his investigation and we haven’t heard from Sister Greta Fraueva (Robin Weigert) from the Vatican in a while.

Until the next dark episode.

Watch a preview of Episode 7 - "Abattoir"




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