Point Pleasant

Season 1 Episode 2

Human Nature

2
Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 20, 2005 on FOX
8.3
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Christina continues to search at the local church for clues that will lead to her missing mother. Meanwhile, the town prepares for its annual boat parade, which is even more competitive than usual thanks to Christina's presence. Christina and Jesse grow closer, which infuriates Paula. Charismatic - yet sinister - Lucas Boyd makes his move to Point Pleasant.moreless

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  • Christina begins to better understand her situation. Jesse wants to get closer with her, but she pushes him away. Boyd moves to Point Pleasant to be close to Christine. The young priest realizes who Christine is and it has some tragic consequences.moreless

    7.5
    A somewhat entertaining episode of Point Pleasant. In a way I liked this better than the Pilot episode, but overall this episode had more flaws in the story.



    For one, people acting stupid really does not help a story to be clever. The older priest does one dumb thing after another and ends up being a pawn in the plan that is unfolding. It's like watching a bad horror flick and seeing the young people make bad decisions one at a time till there's only one left. The writers really need to step up on this show.



    There are a few actors in this cast I really love to watch. Grant Show plays a great bad guy or just a smarmy unlikable guy as in Accidentally on Purpose so his casting is perfect. I think Dina Meyer is miscast here. She is a tremendously likable actress. Here we are suppose to believe that she has an inferiority complex over her looks. Sorry, that just doesn't quite work and the scenes with Boyd and then Kramer were not quite believable. Of course Boyd's unstoppable powers are suppose to force her to believe whatever he says? Again, just not believable!



    OK so we get it, Christine is the daughter of Satan and it is inevitable that she will do bad things. What's with all the dead crows in the graveyard? The evil looking statues in the church? The dog barking at Christine constantly? Yes, we know dogs have a sixth sense and she is evil. Let's hit the audience over the head with these points.



    Actually not much happens in this episode when it really comes down to it. The one really exciting thing is totally random. How do they explain the boat starting itself especially as its been disabled, burning itself up, and then driving its way over to where the parade is taking place? That should be a good one. I am looking forward to that explanations myself.



    As we understand what's going on and what it represents the story isn't too bad. I do think the show should have been a little more subtle, but at this point it really is not looking like that is the way it will be. It sort of feels like they had a great story idea and it just kept leaping forward with no one controlling it.



    From seeing some of the middle episodes I know this show can be quite good. I'm looking forward to it reaching that point. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • PP has been nothing but a nice suprise so far!

    8.7
    I loved this episode more than the pilot. They kind of ditched the "The OC" soapiness and went straight for the gothic and supernatural happenings this time, including mystical prophecies and murderous boats. It IS sort of campy but there's enough suspense and real gosh-that's-freaky to actually enjoy the ride. In "Human Nature" the character of Lucas Boyd visits town and almost immediately turns down Amber's advances by calling her a "faded prom queen". Go Lucas! Then he goes on his way to scare the bejebus out of Christina in a dark and misty forest. Christina kills a priest - the one who happens to be aware of who she really is - and makes a grand spectacle out of it by burning him on the family boat during an annual parade. First priest down.



    The doctor that has apprently adopted Christina (he's still 'trying to contact her father' but we know that's not gonna happen) still can't act. Ben Kramer = a wooden stick. Yet I try to convince myself that there really ARE people like that in this world, so maybe it's just a genius acting trick of his. Um, no.



    Great addition, all in all, to an entertaining series. I seriously hope they'll liven up the drama parts a bit though.moreless
  • The Kramer’s dog knows there is something bad about Christina. The man that Christina though was her dad isn’t. Lucas has to go to Point Pleasant to watch over Christina. Christina finds out a little information about her mother.moreless

    7.2
    Okay, so the Father (Of the Church) gets killed on the Kramer’s burning boat. They didn’t find any remains? No one asks how the boat got untied and how it caught on fire? I know these are all minor details, but the little details are what make everything come together. Sheriff Logan Parker thinks that his wife (Sarah Parker) is cheating on him with the new guy in town, (Lucas Boyd) but doesn’t do a check on him? What good is it being a cop if you don’t take some advantages? If Amber Hardgrove wants Ben Kramer so bad why is she being so nasty? Christina finds out her mom was pregnant with her and was still a virgin. Who checked that out and didn’t tell anyone except the Father. Spray the damn place for wasps already!



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  • Lucas Boyd moves to town to keep an eye on Christina. Christina and Jesse get closer. Meanwhile, a local priest finds out Christina's true nature and ends up getting burnt to death, causing Christina to find a piece of paper with her origins written on itmoreless

    10
    Okay. so this is my first review ever.

    Personally, Human Nature is one of my favourites out of the entire season. Written by the amazing Marti Noxon, this script sparkles.

    We discover the meaning of the mark in Christina's eye. It is the mark of the Devil...three sixes intertwined. I think this was very clever and imaginative. Then of course there is the appearance of Lucas Boyd. I love this bit:



    Boyd: It's always the quiet towns. That's where the gruesome things happen. You know, like dog eats girl. Or...girl eats dog.



    Chrisitna: Do I know you?



    Boyd (smiling creepily): No, not yet. You have a good day.



    And the bit where he scares/annoys her so much that she ends up screaming "SHUT UP!" at him and blows up the headlights on his car!!! You go girl.



    I just need to mention, this is my favourite quote of all time. I'm not sure why, but whenever I see it, I start laughing:



    Christina: Did you see that?



    Judy: Yeah, our boat on fire is kind of hard to miss!



    :)



    In a bit, people of tv.com!moreless
  • Personally one of my favorite episodes.

    9.5
    The second episode of "Point Pleasant" is one of my favorites - about tied with the last two episodes. It's a tad slow, but it progresses the storyline quite a bit, Boyd moves into town, and some more creepy things happen. It has quite a bit more of that "gothic feel" that the showrunners were promising. The scene with Meg at the graveyard, with dead crows surrounding Isabelle's grave, and the priest going into the creepy church basement and finding the prophecies foretelling Christina's arrival and ultimate destruction of the town were some of my favorite moments.



    The episode could have been quite better if the boat parade scenes had been lessened, as well as Amber trying to seduce Ben. The writers should have fully embraced the "horror" aspect this episode had. Once again I'd like to point out where the writers' decision to initially only have "human" monsters instead of demons or anything could have been a mistake. After all, this episode DOES deal with religion. A demon and angel or two really could have set this episode off, and given Christina a clear idea she wasn't normal.moreless
James Morrison

James Morrison

Kingston Nickson

Guest Star

Randy Oglesby

Randy Oglesby

Father David

Guest Star

Eddie Shin

Eddie Shin

Lucus's Assistant

Guest Star

Clare Carey

Clare Carey

Sarah Parker

Recurring Role

Alex Carter

Alex Carter

Logan Parker

Recurring Role

Marcus Coloma

Marcus Coloma

Father Tomas

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Beginning with this episode, the show now has opening credits and theme music which is composed by Danny Elfman.

    • Jesse was once an altar boy.

    • We find out in this episode that Christina's mother had a virgin birth. This also happened once before in history, when Mary conceived Jesus. This is very religion-specific and is not believed by all, changing the last part to: "According to Christian mythology, Jesus, was born to the virgin, Mary."

    • The pirate shirt Jessie is wearing before the boats take off was also the shirt Ben was wearing in the scene where he walks in the kitchen and starts talking to Meg about the parade. Ben was wearing the shirt inside out.

    • What happened to Harland? When we saw him last episode, he was dead and covered in bugs in the middle of the church. But Father Tomas seems to have no idea anybody died at the church when he's talking to Christina. Did the bugs just pick up Harland and haul him off? Eat a full-grown man and then fly away? Or something else?

    • How did Amber get into the doctor's office? She doesn't seem like she has any break-in skills, and most doctors lock up their offices, what with the drugs and all.

    • When Father David drives slowly and carefully out of the church parking lot with no sign of skid marks, the sound guys dub in the sound of tires screeching on concrete.

    • When Christina explodes the headlights on Lucas' car, a few seconds later, the headlight is just fine.

  • QUOTES (11)

  • NOTES (8)

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: March 3, 2008 on TV3+

    • FOX considerd this to be Part 2 of a two-night series premiere (Part 1 on Wednesday, Part 2 on Thursday).

    • Victim: Father David.

    • This episode feels quite different from the pilot episode. While critics called the first episode a mix between "The OC" and "The Omen", this episode takes on more of a truly gothic feel as less like a soap.

    • Although she still does not know of her powers, Christina seems to will herself to use them in the church scene, where she causes the doors in the church to slam shut.

    • Original Ratings: This episode dropped 49% of its viewers from the pilot. It got a 4.1/6 in the overnights, with 5.6 million viewers, coming in at #3 at beating UPN and WB.

    • Randy Oglesby who plays the priest in this episode thats burned to death aboard the Kramers' boat, is best known to science fiction fans as 'Degra', the Xindi who bonds with Archer in season 3 of "Enterprise".

    • Alex Carter is also known for his short-lived but popular ABC action/adventure/sci-fi drama Veritas: The Quest.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Lucas Boyd: It's always the quiet towns where the gruesome things happen.

      This may be a tribute to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In Buffy, the characters live in a very small town, Sunnydale. Gruesome things always happen in this small town. This could be Marti paying a little tribute to her work on Buffy.

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