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Hemlock Grove (2013)
A little flawed, but intriguing, and holds up well.
Hemlock Grove has a lot of things going for it. The actors are all, for the most part, superb in their portrayals. Famke Janssen, especially, as a sinister, conniving villain. (Her accent has been criticized many times; I personally didn't have a problem with it.) Bill Skarsgard and Landon Liboiron have a great chemistry, and you get the sense they genuinely want to work together to catch the killer (although for different reasons). Skarsgard's portrayal of Roman is very well done, because Roman is a fairly complex character. He's troubled, but he wants to do good. He's at odds with himself and his mother, but he cares deeply for those he loves. He commits some questionable acts and one seriously evil act, but he wants redemption. He's easily jealous, masochistic, perverted, and abuses drugs, but he is still protective and shows a sensitive side. In the future, I want to find out more about his past, and emotions. The actress who plays his sister Shelley does such a good job as the most likable and innocent character on the show. The mystery is also very good, and if you're a fan of whodunits, you'll probably like this. Adding in real, old-timey folklore is a good and interesting touch.
This show does what it's supposed to do: leave you hanging for more. I wanted very much to know these characters' histories, what their motivations were, what Jellyfish in the Sky meant, who the killer was, etc. Just the amount of questions you will have after the end isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially with all the mystery and mythology going on. I really dug it.
There are some bad things - there is a fair amount of absurdity and ridiculousness present, which you will just have to see for yourself. The pacing could also possibly put people off - they do take their time, and with so much going on, it could be hard to keep track of everything. I personally never had a problem with it, but a re-watch might be necessary to understand everything, and even then, there are still some things left unexplored, hopefully for future seasons. (Why does Shelley glow blue? What is up with Olivia, her eye drops, her need for the perfect baby, her driving Roman to do those horribly evil acts? What the hell is going on in the ending?) All in all, I thought it was pretty terrific. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea, but it had enough horror, folklore, mystery, questionable moments, absurdity, and anticipation for what happens next to be a pretty solid, interesting show.