"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.