If you’ve been following the show up to this point (check out the First Impressions here) then you know that things never really change in “sleepy” town of Hemlock Grove. Sure there’s still monsters, crazy unethical experiments and the occasional grizzly murder. Only now we have to deal with a crazy occult faction that is threatening the lives of children all over ‘da Grove. What could this cult want? Why the death of the all powerful, supremely evil baby Nadia…at least, that’s what they’re saying. Could a baby be all that dangerous? Those answers won’y come in this review…but I do have some good stuff for ya!
Of course it couldn’t be all that simple as thwarting a baby killing cult; there’s still plenty of other crazy shenanigans afoot! For instance, remember Shelley? She’s been on the run since the end of season one. Badly injured and without a friend in the world (she thinks at least), she is roaming the feilds close by searching for aid or, at the very least, a reprieve from the madness. She doesn’t get it right away, though…the wargal wolf from season one makes an unwelcome return from the grave. At first, I was thinking “Oh, great…this old hat again” but that couldn’t have been further from the truth. As opposed to what Shelley was last season (read: a poor excuse for a plot driver and a damn good bullet sponge), she actually steps forward kicks a little ass, ripping the wargal in two with her bare hands. It’s one of my favorite scenes in Hemlock to date.
Shelley’s struggles aside, let’s get to the main…um, I guess protagonists. They’re not really good guys, but I suppose they’re not as bad as most in this godforsaken town. Anyway, Roman continues to have severe blood cravings after the events of season one. In fact, he dreams of ripping the throat out of his newest love interest, Miranda. This dream sequence is over the top gore at it’s finest and is a highlight of the season. He doesn’t want to go around killing innocent people, however, so at first he is delegated to feasting on the homeless and vagrant. This also troubles the youth so he approaches the ever so (delectably) slimy Dr. Johann Pryce. Pryce has some goop that should help the cravings, but Roman doesn’t want to be associated with his psychotic mother, Olivia, so Pryce recommends something even more drastic: a complete eradication of Roman’s “affliction”. This process will remove both the cravings and the powers that come along with it; not to mention the several, very painful treatments…but Roman is up for the challenge.
Peter, on the other hand, still needs to help his mom. She’s in worse trouble now than before hiring that crap lawyer. What’s a gypsy to do? Why, stage a breakout of course! I suppose that this is just a vehicle to move Peter’s story along, but he is conspicuously a small part of the middle episodes. Sure he’s still trying to figure out what all of these dreams he’s having mean and why he and Roman continue to share said dreams. He’s also knee deep in a love triangle with Roman and de facto mom, Miranda. I will say that his turn as a savior to the children that the cult is hunting down was pretty nifty…even if it’s a moot point. Miranda’s turn to the doctor was also very telling and could lead to some very, VERY interesting plot points down the road.
The acting up to this point has been pretty solid. Of course, there is not an Emmy nominee in the bunch but you really don’t watch a show like this to find great actors. What should you tune in for? Why, the glorious and copious amounts of gore, of course! And Hemlock Grove does not disappoint here. Some of the finest work in over the top blood and guts will be found here and by the bucket full. Some of it was enough for me to choke back a reversal of fortune myself, but it was all expected and fits right into the course of the plot. Speaking of plot, the overall story of the show is much more focused this year than last year. The pacing is much more in line with more successful shows and was an obvious focal point for the showrunners. It’s very noticeable and much appreciated.
I can’t believe that I’m saying this…but I thoroughly enjoyed this season of Hemlock Grove. I found myself wanting to know what happened next and never once felt tricked into the the next episode. It was good. Of course, not everyone is going to be agreeable with this kind of show and that’s okay…not everything can be Game of Thrones. But if you have a craving for camp and a strong stomach, then Hemlock Grove is for you. Check out the last review for this season soon here at free4geeks.com!