Hex Series 1

The first series of this prog aired at a late time on TV Two – after Alias on Friday nights, so many people might have missed it. It has been compared a lot with Buffy (unfavourably by many). I never could get into Buffy even tho I thought the script was very good – probably more clever and media savvy than Hex. But I really like the gothic ambience of Hex and find its characters more engaging than those BTVS – and the lesbian ghost is fun!

I hope NZ TV airs the second series.

Here is the Wikipedia summary/recap of series one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hex_(TV_series)
Series One (5 episodes, 2004)

Hex is set at a remote English school, Medenham Hall, which occupies the former manor house and grounds of the McBain estate. It was the site of an 18th Century witchcraft scandal in which the female members of the line, the Medenham Witches, were tried and executed. Cassie, who raised herself in a single-parent household caring for her mentally unstable mother, has latent psychokinetic and clairvoyant abilities that are awakened when she touches an antique vase used in Voudoun rituals by the Medenham Witches. Her roommate, Thelma (who harbors a badly-kept secret lesbian crush on Cassie), discovers that Cassie is a descendant of the Medenham Witches. Cassie has startling visions and dreams that she strives to interpret, and also struggles with controlling her growing psychokinetic powers, which she is only able to summon in times of stress.

Cassie and Thelma become aware that Cassie is being stalked by a “dangerous looking” stranger who calls himself Azazeal. Initially glimpsed fleetingly, he becomes increasingly bold, even entering into the students’ rooms later in the series without warning or permission. Azazeal is revealed to be the leader of the biblical Nephilim, fallen angels, and he claims to be in love with Cassie. Doubt is cast on his claims as the viewer witnesses his dalliance with schoolmistress Jo Watkins, and there is also evidence that Azazeal had a long-term sexual relationship with Cassie’s mother, which may have contributed to her mental illness.

Frustrated by his inability to convince Cassie that his claims are sincere, Azazeal murders Thelma before Cassie’s eyes as a sacrifice to increase his power and prove that he is truly who he says he is. This act has two unintentional consequences: his power over Cassie is initially weakened by the shock, and Thelma thereafter continues to share Cassie’s room as a ghost that only Cassie and Azazeal can see. Thelma is unable to touch the living, but she can manipulate inanimate objects (including clothing, artifacts, books, doors, window sashes, and vending machines) and eat, which she does constantly (since ghosts cannot gain weight). Thelma works behind the scenes to spy on Azazeal and gather evidence from places where Cassie cannot enter. Cassie, while horrified by Azazeal’s behavior, ultimately finds herself drawn completely into his power. Azazeal possesses Cassie, and while under his power, she gives herself to him and they conceive a child.

Thelma learns from Peggy, the ghost of a woman who died in the 1918 influenza pandemic, that the gestation of Azazeal’s child is weakening the veil between worlds, allowing more ghosts to appear to the living. If the child is born, the veil will be torn, allowing the rest of the Nephilim to enter our world. If the pregnancy is terminated, the veil will heal, preventing the Nephilim from returning and leaving Azazeal the only one of his kind in our world. But there is a side effect: ghosts will also vanish from this world.

Cassie regains her senses enough to realize that the fetus must be aborted, although it is growing at an alarming rate. A week after conception, the doctors believe she is nearing the end of her first trimester. Thelma assists Cassie, without telling her that success means that she may never see Cassie again. Azazeal tries to interfere, but Cassie goes through with the abortion…or so she thinks. When Thelma realizes that Cassie can still see her, Thelma knows that something has not gone right. Cassie discovers weeks later that the doctor who performed her procedure has been influenced by Azazeal, and that the baby is alive and in Azazeal’s care.

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I love fiction TV programmes that are fun,entertaining and/or gripping as well as making some comment on society, politics and/or the state of our relationships. I feel a bit sad that fiction TV seems to be being overtaken by other genres in primetime lately on NZ TV. And I want to see more great British drama series on TV. TVNZ, you're losing the plot!!!
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  • campgrrls

    I see Hex is back on TV 2 in the early hours of tonight/tomorrow morning (3.30am). Looks like a repeat. If you like a bit of gothic vampire stuff I’d recommend setting the video recorder & seeing what you think.

  • Amelie

    this has got to be my favorite show of all time. if only i could find the third series…. it’s got everything i love (being a well praticed wiccan myself) and i relate to Ella both in personality/dress sense and interests. it’s a must see!