Saturday, April 30, 2016

MARIAH's TAKE on Damien Season 1 Episode 8 - " Here is Wisdom"

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 8: "Here is Wisdom"
Synopsis:
Damien tries to take control of his fate, which results in a bloody confrontation. Simone and  Greta meet Veronica. Shay loses a witness.

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*My Thoughts*

What does “here is wisdom” mean?

So, you’re telling me, the Antichrist has the choice to not be the Antichrist? Don’t lie to us, honey. This wouldn’t be The Omen’s child if he had a choice. Damien got that psychiatrist he’s been looking for but a little too late, as a real murder investigation surfaces and plummets. Charles proves to be more than an old roommate to Damien. He’s exactly what a religious fanatic is expected to be; amorous, faithful, diligent, and devout. Coincidentally, he helps Damien realize that he’s still human and can make better life choices.

From the beginning of the episode to the end, Damien appears in a select number of scenes and this episode lets us see what’s going on behind his back. Amani, as his best friend, would do anything rational to help Damien, Greta is doing her duty for God with Simone in tow, and Veronica turns out to be Ann Rutledge’s daughter. Who knew… So, the compensation supposition was false? When does the delusion stop? But to each their own. Rutledge is enraptured by Damien while Veronica wants to get closer to Amani instead. Too little too late, her fate is sealed.

On another note, Holy intervention can come to join the party. Since episode one, it’s always the Devil’s work. When Rutledge tries to destroy a holy artifact, this is denied whole heartedly in front of her face. She couldn’t bring herself to grant Damien’s death wish but someone else surely will. Greta has her guardian angels and this time, it’s Simone’s turn to witness death.

Throughout the episode, I noticed: people just don’t like locking their doors in Damien. No wonder strangers break in so easily. Veronica’s breaking into people’s houses, Detective Shay is busting down doors or walking right in. I think it’s all for the drama. The killer no one can catch is the work of the Devil but on the human side, everyone is just leaving a bloody mess and not covering their tracks. Especially scenes involving Detective Shay. A bloody interrogation room, demonic faces, “spontaneous” fires, Satan must work much harder if he wants Shay dead but it’s too early for that to happen.

In the end, 30 does not seem to be an ideal age for Damien… or perhaps anyone who needs to get their shit together. Psychological warfare with himself, people around him trying to manipulate his trust, demonic emissaries, and survivor’s guilt. As the Antichrist, why should we want him to live? Why do I empathize with a child born from evil? He really is a good person but he can’t run away. I can’t wait to see more of this religious struggle and can’t help but wonder which side will have the upper hand in the end. Or maybe this becomes a Hamlet series, where everyone dies.

Damien is such a thought provoking series because it doesn’t just focus on supernatural causes. The audience too has their own demons to face and we struggle with Damien to figure out our lives.

Until the next dark episode.

Watch a preview of Episode 9 - "The Devil You Know"




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