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Season 1 Episode 1

The Story Begins

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 17, 2004 on Sky1
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The Story Begins
A shy schoolgirl, Cassie, learns that she has strange powers after having weird dreams.

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  • A great pilot. Flawed? Yes. But highly enjoyable and intriguing.

    "Hex" was one of my first ventures into British television. I had seen reruns of "Are You Being Served?" on PBS, but I was younger and my dad watched it, I wasn't a huge fan. But in search for a new supernatural-themed series to watch, I found information on this, and downloaded it. I was very glad I did.

    The pilot reminded me strongly of another supernatural drama that I had been quite fond of - "Point Pleasant". No, the plots weren't the same, but they share a lot of elements. Both mix teen drama/soaps with horror, the main characters share some things in common, among other things. The similarities only made me like "Hex" more.

    The pilot is a bit slow, but not boring. We are introduced to Cassie, an outsider at her private school with only one friend, a lesbian named Thelma. Cassie longs to have more friends and be popular, and Christina Cole does an excellent job of playing her realistically. Most shows have the outsiders not worried about their status, but how realistic is that compared to people in Cassie's situation?

    "Hex" is set at a Gothic mansion-turned-school, which adds to the horror feel of the show. Many years ago, the McBain family resided there, and the place holds many secrets - the McBains had a long line of witches in the family, and the slaves there practiced voodoo, and there were deaths there.

    While smoking in an unused building on the estate, Cassie uncovers some items that had been used in voodoo rituals, including a mysterious vase. Cassie pricks herself and blood falls into the vase, and soon after Cassie begins showing signs of having odd powers, including telekinesis and weird dreams.

    A mysterious man beings stalking Cassie. It turns out to be Azazeal, a fallen angel. The episode climaxes with Azazeal sacrificing Thelma in order to renew his strength. Cassie is devastated, but at the end of the episode we see that Thelma is back - as a ghost.moreless
  • Witty, Interesting, Magical

    We find a shy schoolgirl trying to become popular. Oh the neverending cattiness of Secondary Schooling. Cassie's a sweet girl that stumbles on some age old magic and therefor starts being stalked by the leader of the fallen angels. I thought this was a terrific introduction to the story. The writing clearly shows the main character's shyness as well as her strength. We see her come into a bit of magic which she can't seem to control. In addition, her friendship with Thelma is deep and abiding which is helpful to our damsel. However, in a twisty turn Thelma is sacraficed by the 'bad guy' and is now in Ghost form only seen by Cassie. YAY. What a fun little start to our Collegiate drama. Well written, and all of the elements are given to us so that the story can move along at a good clip. Can't wait for more.moreless
  • Intro.

    A very good start to the show. Has a slow build of establishing the characters. Cassie the outsider who longs to be accepted by the in crown. Thelma, Cassie's best friend who is content with who she is and likes Cassie just the way she is. Roxanne the vixen, Leon the party boy who seems confused about alot.

    The real plot doesn't kick in until after an hour or so, but the show is good enough to keep one from switching the channel in boredom.

    Azazeal the demon in mortal guise returns to help destroy the world but first he has to get Cassie on his side. Doesn't seem like this will happen any time soon after the showdown in the tower at the end.moreless
  • I dont get the summary part.

    Not exeptionally good, but good enough to keep me interested. I thought he scene where she dreamt about that azazael or whatever his name was, was a bit silly. But I like their caracthers, especially Thelma\'s caracther.

    At first thought it gave the impression of beeing a bit more like a movie, rather than a series, so it\'s going to be interesting to see how they have managed to do so many episodes. I\'m just wondering if they have managed to keep it interesting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .moreless
  • There is some potential... but overall disappointing.

    Hex has just premiered in US thanks to BBC America, and I have been anxiously awaiting the 2 hour pilot. Unfortunatly, it left a lot to be desired.

    Essentially the problem is the damn thing is that it was way too long. It is a story we are wel versed in, a girl who is the choosen one who must stop evil and balance a normal love life. Great and all, but if you are going to hold back most of the backstory, and tell most of the love tale with longing glances, an annoying supporting cast and one bad piano tune for a soundtrack then at least keep the thing under an hour.

    The saving grace for the episode was the last 10 minutes. Where they go from there will decide whether or not this show is a keeper or a bad Buffy rip off.

    (Oh and we get it, young British people like to talk abut sex. How about some original discourse on the subject.)

    After the wonderful 'Doctor Who' I expect more from the Brits.moreless
Julian Jones

Julian Jones

Police Inspector

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Lorraine Burroughs

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Holly Lumsden

Holly Lumsden

Esther McBain

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Azazeal's character is based on Azazel, the leader of The Nephilim, who are featured in the Book of Enoch as fallen angels. Hex also uses the slightly different spelling; "Nephelim". The Nephilim taught men how to make weapons and women the power of vanity and witchcraft.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Azazeal: (about Thelma) You don't understand yet. Sacrifice must be willing, it must be a sacrifice in the true sense of the word, and it will be willing, one way or the other, because you know the alternative.
      Cassie: She's done nothing wrong.
      Azazeal: So?

    • Thelma: (about Cassie's powers) This is what you've always wanted, isn't it? A bit of control. That's why you like me.
      Cassie: Thelma-
      Thelma: Well it's true. You think you can do what you like with me because you know how I feel about you.

    • Cassie: Are we going to this party tonight?
      Thelma: Yeah, if I thought I could pull.

    • Jo: You looked a bit upset the other evening.
      Cassie: Am I under surveillance now?
      Jo: No, but something's up.
      Cassie: (sarcastically I'm addicted to free base crack.
      Jo: Right.
      Cassie: And I've taken to prostitution to feed my habit.
      Jo: Good choice.
      Cassie: Can I go now?

    • Thelma: You weren't listening.
      Cassie: Yea I was.
      Thelma: What did I say?
      Cassie: That you wanted my ass.
      Thelma: God no, I'm quite happy with my own thanks.
      Cassie: I can't think why.
      Thelma: Because it doesn't hit the ground when I run.

    • Cassie: What are you, my dyke in shining armour?

    • Azazeal: You're going to help me.
      Cassie: I don't think so.
      Azazeal: Do we have to pretend you have a choice?
      Cassie: Yes.
      Azazeal: Fine.

    • Cassie: Don't piss me about. You want something from me then do something for me. I need to see Thelma.
      Azazeal: Okay.

    • Roxanne: PMS. Turns me into a serial killer.

    • Cassie: (After getting up from the tracing paper on the floor. To Thelma.) So what are you going to call it?
      Thelma: A whore on my floor

    • Thelma: Are you going to be a miserable cow all night?

    • Roxanne: What does he mean by suck'd on country pleasures?
      Jo: You're adults, use your imagination.
      Roxanne: No, still don't get it.
      Troy: Thelma'll show you later.
      Leon: Now that I'd like to see!
      Thelma: Yeah, you might learn a thing or two.
      Jo: I think he may be referring to more innocent pastimes.
      Roxanne: What like fishing? I don't know.
      Jo: Well maybe your boyfriend doesn't love you enough.

    • Cassie: Thelma? Have you ever thought about plastic surgery?
      Thelma: Absolutely! I've started saving already!

    • Thelma: They're bloody loving this. Don't be a Dyke or you'll end up topping yourself.

    • Cassie: Oh please, is this the lesbian bit?

    • Cassie: We are best mates, we always will be. (In tears)
      Thelma: You don't get it, do you!

    • Cassie: Are these tights ok?
      Thelma: Well they are not laddered.

    • Cassie: She has done nothing!
      Azazeal: You don't get it do you?
      Cassie: What?! (Confused)
      Azazeal: Love is sacrifice too.

    • Thelma: Don't get me wrong you are sexy. In an unsuspecting novice nun sort of way.
      Cassie: In your dreams.
      Thelma: Frequently!

    • Thelma: Wax on, wax off... you know I might even start my own fashion line.

    • Cassie: Do you think the Nephelim really exist?
      David Tyrel: Absolutely. Most of them are in year eleven.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The site of Medenham is actually three different locations. The building used for Medenham school is Engelfield House in Berkshire. The house is privately owned and is not open to the public. However, the lake is at another location and the house is digitally imported. A real school is used for scenes inside Medenham.

    • Featured Music

      "Crazy Beat" by Blur
      "Rock Star Poser" by N.E.R.D
      "Come As You Are" by Beverly Knight
      "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Concretes

    • International Airdates

      United States: 08 June 2006 on BBC America