Helstrom (2020– )
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Mother's Little Helpers 

Daimon Helstrom investigates a possessed young boy. In San Francisco, Ana Helstrom stages an auction to expose a criminal. Disturbing events at St. Teresa's cause concern as the siblings' estranged Mother remains hospitalized.

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Daina Reid

Writers:

Roy Thomas (based on the Marvel comics by), John Romita Sr. (based on the Marvel comics by) (as John Romita) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Austen ... Daimon Helstrom
Sydney Lemmon ... Ana Helstrom
Elizabeth Marvel ... Victoria Helstrom
Robert Wisdom ... Caretaker
Ariana Guerra ... Gabriella Rosetti
June Carryl ... Dr. Louise Hastings
Alain Uy ... Chris Yen
Jesse James Baldwin ... Archer Cavallo
Daniel Cudmore ... Keith Spivey
Sandy Robson ... Alex Tilden
Eric Gustafsson ... Edward Tate
Nolan Hupp ... Young Daimon
Erica Tremblay ... Young Ana
Todd Thomson ... Mr. Cavallo
Jessie Fraser ... Mrs. Cavallo
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Storyline

Separate when they were child, Damion and Ana Helstrom fight evil, each in their own ways. They are reunited when they drawn into a web of demonic activity, and their possessed mother Victoria lies at the center of the web. while imprisoned at an asylum. Written by Gislef

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At the end of the episode(52:55) a truck driver exits a store in a service station. It is a ROXXON Service Station. ROXXON is the name of a fictional massive petroleum industrial conglomerate in the Marvel Universe appearing in Marvel Comics, Marvel TV and the MCU. See more »

Quotes

Gabriella Rosetti: That family in there was just looking for some hope.
Daimon Helstrom: Aren't we all?
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Connections

References Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

My Body Is a Cage
Written by Arcade Fire
Performed by Peter Gabriel
[plays while the Helstroms, each on their own, are inspecting the skull and the writing]
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A Lazy Mess of Cliches
29 October 2020 | by TheThomBombadilSee all my reviews

In the very first scene, the show attempts to set the tone by telling a so-called "possession" victim that all of their tactics are simply tropes which ultimately reveal the ruse. It implies that this show has no interest in following along the conventional cliches. That this is going to be something different. Something unique. And then it proceeds to absolutely shatter what little goodwill it may have garnered in that moment. From the constant use of the pronoun game ("You're going to see *her*?" "Do you think it was *them*?") to very predictable twists and turns, Helstrom presents very little originality in its first episode.

The most egregious cliche of all however is the creative team with almost no creative talent. The dialogue and exposition are clunky and cringeworthy. The cinematography uses the exact blue filter you imagine it uses. The casting is same superficial and narrow minded work we've come to abhor from Hollywood casting directors resulting in actors who make few to no interesting choices. In fact, the whole thing feels like it's being directed not by the directors but by producers who mistook this for a Zach Snyder DC property. It's a shameful mess that deserves better.

The only redeeming factor is the intrigue provided by the connection to the source material. While this is a far cry from the Daimon Helstrom of the "Son of Satan" run and his subsequent appearances in The Defenders, the Christian mythological lore it largely draws from provides a rich landscape of storytelling opportunities in which to develop what would otherwise have been a completely obscure Marvel creation (a place where the MCU has certainly shown strength in the past). While some things, such as casting, can't be easily fixed at this time, perhaps there's some hope that over time the writing and direction will mature and begin to show some originality here and there. However, the public's faith in Hollywood is wearing dangerously thin, and there may be little hope for enough popular support to give this series much incentive to grow.


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16 October 2020 (USA) See more »

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