The issues of the first episode of Hemlock Grove, “Jellyfish in the Sky” (read the review here), are still prevalent, if not more so in this next episode, “The Angel”. The plot is still lacking (by ‘lacking’ I mean there is no plot thus far). The main character, Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron), a gypsy that has moved into town, is still trying to find his place in the story. Roman Godfrey (Bill Skarsgård) is still mlurking around, attempting to find out more about the murder of Brooke Bluebell (Lorenza Izzo), with little success. That sounds like plot, right?
No, you’re fucking wrong.
After the first few minutes you may be thinking: “Yeah, sweet, something is going on! Plot moving forward! This is where it needs to go!” But no. Nope. Nada. Nothing. After ten minutes, the show still hasn’t done more but provide atmosphere right up until the last five minutes, much like the last episode. It felt more like a high school drama series one would find on the CW instead of the edgy Netflix show the first episode felt like. “OMG LINDA! Is Peter a… werewolf?” If someone says this over the course of the show, I will not be surprised.
Yes, the atmosphere did add a level of creepiness, rising it above the other aforementioned CW shows with a similar premise. The free language, nudity, and level of gore also helps Hemlock Grove. However, Nothing really seemed to happen again in “The Angel”.
The character Shelly Godfrey (portrayed by newcomer Nicole Boivin) has a fantastic opening this episode. We, as an audience, looked into her mind for a period of time, a nice change from her ‘grahh’ and ‘inability to talk.’ It is also nice to see Peter’s relationship with her, how they are friends of sorts. Her character being as odd as she is (I do not know what kind of creature to call her honestly… A giant? Big Eye? Blue-glow Person?) contrasts with her teenaged-girl mentality perfectly. Props to you, show creators!
However, if this show wishes to be renewed, it really needs to get the ball rolling. The ending of this episode may have pushed this forward, and hopefully it will snowball into a great huge plot with these interesting characters they have created. If they do not do this, it will just be a bunch of interesting characters in an interesting place doing nothing. Like watching The Godfather if they were only paying their taxes the entire time.