Tonight on Syfy was the best episode yet.
Bishop is suddenly at a whole new level, and I think he took the show with him. I’ve mentioned in past posts that I was disappointed in this seemingly softer Vampire King. In Going Dutch, I was delighted to find out I’ve been tricked. Bishop has been playing his own version of trust-me-I’m-not-so-bad with Aidan, but because he wasn’t hiding any of the things Herrick hid from Mitchell (werewolf cage-matches, the room of trapped humans), I assumed he wasn’t hiding anything at all.
Now I admit this episode was a complete revelation for me partly because I missed something important in the Bernie episode. I never saw the part where Bishop asks Seth if he “took care of the boys”, leading Aidan to blame and reluctantly kill Bernie.
So much for empathy towards human children.
No matter. Bishop’s gloves have now completely come off. Meeting with the Elders for their final judgment, he absolutely shines. He calmly admits that mass murder and slavery are two options for his Vampire Supremacy Plot, causing Aidan’s brain to explode. The Dutch demand that he go underground and have Aidan cull the clan, Aidan volunteers to rein him in, and Marcus bursts forth with a power sharing dream that is clearly the wish his heart makes—doom and betrayal all around, but nothing wipes the smile from Bishop’s face.
That’s because Bishop has a surprise for everybody in the room (and me on my couch). He’s poisoned the Elders with juniper-laced blood and serenely explains his plans while decapitating all but the one that a panicked Aidan manages to save. Here, finally, is the charismatic, psychopathic Bishop that I’ve been waiting for, reminiscent of Herrick’s malignant genius for the first time. Suddenly I can’t wait to see what he’ll do next.
Yeah, Bishop owned the episode, but there were other honorable mentions.
The exorcism (borrowing slightly from BBC’s Season 2, but not much) was a nice twist for Sally and Danny, since Danny can’t see her and torture her à la the terrifying Owen. Having Sally thrust herself into the exorcist’s body and face him as such was startling in a really good way.
For me, however, special effects are dessert, but dialogue is the meat and potatoes. So I loved the simple little scene with Josh and Aidan in the hospital, where Josh worries about his friend and tells him about his own awkward reaction to Nora’s pregnancy. I enjoy their connection; there is at least an echo of Mitchell and George here.
Speaking of connection, I don’t think I’ve talked much about Rebecca, but I do like her. She’s a strong character, portrayed sympathetically by Sarah Allen (possibly the best female actress on the show IMO). She gets to kill Marcus, with the added incentive that she found out Bernie died because of him. I liked the fact that she’d been given a heart, and that Aidan went through so much with her.
Complaints from the BBC fan (you knew I had some):
Just a few questions. If the exorcist is saying ‘let the spirit be filled with light and love’, why is Sally in so much pain? Is she actually evil then? Why did she completely disappear before a commercial break, only to be back in the same position and in pain again in her next scene? If she’s being exorcised from the house, where is her Door? When Annie was forcibly removed in Season 2, she was dragged into a Door and it slammed shut. In this version, if you move on naturally you use a Door, but exorcisms make you sick until you disappear? And since I did bring up that demon-spawn Owen, let me firmly assert that Danny is still a very watered down version. Watching him fearfully tell Sally her death was an accident (though he did try choking her right after he said it) reminded me of how much Owen enjoyed killing Annie and getting away with it. He didn’t mean to do it exactly, but he was awfully glad that he did.
On another note, next week they show her getting all psycho-ghost with Danny and the other roommates are concerned. This is one sticking point for me; the roommates haven’t had much bonding time with Sally this season–she mostly whines at them and they argue with her. If they try to show them as being attached to her the way George and Mitchell wept for Annie at the end of Season 1, I will just gag or maybe vomit on my TV. I don’t want to do that.
Have I mentioned that I hate, hate, hate that Nora is pregnant with Josh’s child already? They barely know each other. Yes, I am aware that this is a realistic chain of events, but I’m just saying that I prefer the courtship of George and Nina by far. When Josh and Nora had their serious conversation at the end about the pregnancy and Josh mentioned that he was worried about genetics, I worried that Nora would attempt to reveal what we only just found out from Nina in Season 3 about her family history. Fortunately, she didn’t go into detail. That’s good, because damn it Syfy, you have to save some of the mystery! Most importantly, will Nora turn wolf this season, or at all? I’m starting to wonder if the next season will resemble BBC’s version or if they will split off completely and form their own tangent. And the pregnant woman on the table was gross.
Still. Best episode yet.