A team of scientists are thrust into a potentially life-or-death situation in this thriller, which begins with the group being deployed to the Arctic to secretly investigate what could be a disease outbreak.
An invisible and mysterious force field descends upon a small fictional town in the United States, trapping residents inside, cut off from the rest of civilization. The trapped townsfolk must discover the secrets and purpose of the "dome" and its origins, while coming to learn more than they ever knew about each other.
So a few weeks ago I started a little show called Hemlock Grove, never knowing what I was in for. Now I've come to the end of season 1, am suffering withdrawals, and can honestly say that it is my favorite show ever.
Hemlock Grove is like Twin Peaks on crack. With werewolves thrown in. Which is a good thing. It's set in the small, seemingly normal town of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania. Reminiscent of Twin Peaks, the show begins with the brutal killing of a high school girl. It appears that she was attacked by some kind of animal, but when other killings occur, in what seems like a pattern, authorities begin to question whether the perpetrator is really an animal.
Hemlock Grove has a deliciously entertaining cast of characters. There's Olivia Godfrey, the widow of the town's steel tycoon, who's as frightening as she is beautiful. Her daughter is a physically frightening giant called Shelley, who is really sweet and intelligent on the inside. New to town are Peter Rumancek and his mother. They are gypsies and immediately disliked; a rumor even begins to swirl that Peter is a werewolf. Norman Godfrey is Olivia's brother-in-law, a respected psychiatrist and family man who is hiding a lot of secrets. His daughter is golden girl, Letha, who is best friends with Olivia's son, Roman. And here comes my favorite part of the show.
Roman Godfrey is now my favorite character ever. He is played by the brilliant Bill Skarsgard, who manages to make you empathetic for Roman even as he behaves like a sociopath. Roman is a spoiled, swaggering, womanizing, drug using high-schooler who shouldn't be likable but is. Roman befriends Peter and the two of them decide to uncover the mystery of the Hemlock Grove killings.
And there is the basic plot of Hemlock Grove. What are you waiting for? Go try it! It's a Netflix Original Series, so it's only streaming on Netflix. Even if you don't have Netflix, it's worth it just to subscribe so you can watch Hemlock Grove. The show is that good! It definitely is a Gothic horror though, and can get pretty gory, so be forewarned, faint of heart.
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