Point Pleasant

Season 1 Episode 3

Who's Your Daddy?

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 27, 2005 on FOX

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  • I agree this show really let me down...

    I was expecting so much more from this than what i got. Plus, this particular episode was a little boring. I wanted to get a little more info than what I got. Now That said, this show does have it\\\'s moments like when she slams the church door and many other ones. The writers of the script have GREATLY improved scince the most recent episodes. I love that we see Adam Busch work with Marti again like on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It\\\'s an overall average episode that could use some improvements, minor improvments at that. But Fox promoted it so much and then for it to fall on Average just blows. GREAT IDEAS THOUGH!!!
  • Christina becomes even more aware of the struggle within her. She reaches out to Father Tomas who knows the truth. Christina's father shows up and tells her she is on her own. Judy gets in an accident with a rich brat and Christina makes him pay.

    So much going on and so little time. Amber and Boyd seem to come to an interesting agreement. He will help her for favors in return. The plan he lays out is diabolical and Amber begins it at the hospital.

    Meanwhile Judy's injuries seem to be rather dangerous. Christina protecting her almost kills the man who collided with her with her mind a few times out of rage. The control she has when she is on is unbelievable. Specifically with Dr. Kramer and the tire iron incident.

    There were a few surprises though. First when she prays with Father Tomas and his reaction and his later confession to her. Later the lighthouse shining when it did. Very interesting.

    The character of Sarah Parker, Jesse's Mom played by Claire Carey became much more interesting. She works for the Chamber of Commerce and does Point Pleasant tours. Her husband is the Sheriff and she obviously "slept" with another man either before or after she had a relationship with him. She indicates she knows what Jesse is as well. During her interview she bumps into Boyd who's trying to corrupt her. In the end all she does is spill some gruesome true stories about Point Pleasant the Chamber of Commerce probably doesn't want people to know.

    Very well done with some intricate story plots. No one seemed to know that was the Priest on the boat that burned so they think he is missing. Some great suspense on the way to what we may have already seen will be the final outcome based on one of Christina's dreams. Good stuff. Fun to watch. Thanks for reading...
  • In this episode we get a little more of Christina Nickson’s history. We also get to see the power of persuasion from both Lucas and Christina. Judy Kramer gets into a car accident. Who is Christina's Daddy?

    This episode starts out with Christina Nickson having a bad dream. Okay, if I have a dream every night of the whole town being killed off I might actually spend a little time in the church praying. I have not seen one episode yet where anyone is going to church except to find answers to Christina’s past. Sarah Parker is a tour guide for the historical society for Point Pleasant and works at the church? At this rate she will have 13 jobs before the season ends. I guess this scene was important though. It showed us Lucas Boyd power of persuasion and reinforced Sheriff Logan Parker jealousy which later comes into play. Lucas Boyd causes a car accident by distracting a working that is flipping switched. This car accident involves Judy Kramer and coincidently Christina Nickson is standing on the corner. First we are told that Judy has some sort of swelling in her brain and would have to stay over night. For some reason they release Judy from the hospital early because” everything is okay now”. Christina meets with the man that she thought was her dad. He sends her packing. (With money of course) Christina gets back to the hospital just in time to over hear the other driver talking to someone on the phone about suing the Kramer’s. Did we forget that it was a city worker that caused this accident with or without Lucas’s help? We find out that there is some sort of unstoppable attraction between Christina Nickson and Jesse Parker. Then we find out that Jesse Parker is not Sheriff Logan Parker fraternal son. They don’t really say who the dad is, just some guy in the city. Could he be the son of god?

  • Somewhat of a disappointment after "Human Nature", but still made me even more fond of the show.

    This episode begins with Christina in her room, staring at the papers she found which have "666" written on them, showing how they come together to form the mark that Christina has in her eye. It's a very effective opening scene, with the lighthouse shining on her. We then see a dream in which Christina is walking down a street in Point Pleasant. Everything is dead quiet. Bodies litter the streets. Suddenly Christina spots Jessie and they hug, and Jessie plunges a knife into Christina's back. Christina awakens suddenly to Meg telling her to get dressed - it's a beautiful day.

    This episode starts off great and ends great, with everything in the middle a little dull. Boyd and Amber begin working together and Amber's infatuation with Ben turns into a rather sick obsession. Boyd causes an accident that sends Judy to the hospital, and Christina and Jessie make out in the stairwell. Doesn't make for Grade A entertainment, but better than say...CSI or The Apprentice. Towards the end, things really heat up. Christina pours her evil into Ben, sending him into a dreamlike state where he tries to kill the man that hit Judy. As Christina desperately tries to bring him back, the lighthouse mysteriously begins shining its light and stops Ben in his tracks...I'm thinking the lighthouse was represent God or whatever, but it's not clear. However, the scene was good, and I loved the part at the end where Christina confronts Boyd and tells him to stay away.

    Father Thomas also has some good scenes, when Christina tries to pray with him and causes him to see something. He later confirms Christina's worst fears - she is the child of Satan, but he believes that she can fight who she really is - that the good in her can win.

    With this episode it seems that the series is in full swing and can only get bigger and better. A very important episode to the storyline, although it could've been better.
  • Ben Edlund's script is a huge improvement over the earlier episodes, but it does contain some really (unintentionally) silly moments.

    Once again, the Point Pleasant creative staff gave us an entirely uneven episode. There were some really great scenes, and some that I couldn't wait to be done with. The most frustrating thing about it all is that those great scenes give you a glimpse of what the show could be, then a completely uninteresting, derivative scene springs up to kill the mood. Why, oh, why are they doing this to me?

    The teaser and the first scene after the credits represent my biggest problem with the show in a nutshell. First, we got the "previouslies" done by Grant Show, which I really liked. He has a really good voice. I always liked the beginning of Buffy because of Anthony Stewart Head's voice in the previouslies. I'm kind of strange that way. In the teaser itself, there was a wonderful sequence that revisited Christina's vision of death and destruction, but took it a bit further. Revelations that would be made later in the episode were set up by the end of the teaser, when Jesse literally stabs Christina in the back. Not only did I enjoy the starkness of the post-apocalyptic streets of Point Pleasant, but I didn't expect the stabbing at all. Sadly, after the credits and commercials, we're taken back to the soap opera nonsense of Ben and Amber. Once again, we're reminded that they were crushes during high school, but she "made the wrong choice," and he ended up with Meg. Later in the episode, Paula says of her mother, "I swear my mother's living in a soap opera." I agree; I just wish she'd relocate. Any good realtors in Point Pleasant?

    One of the high points of the episode was the work of Show, whose character and acting I genuinely like. (That's not to say I approve of Boyd, but the character is interesting). His understated sadism is truly creepy. I also liked the effect he had on Sarah. After an encounter with him on the street, she goes about giving her chamber of commerce-approved tour of Point Pleasant to a group of out-of-towners. Instead of the usual platitudes and uplifting stories about people who came from far away to live the American Dream, she starts telling the tourists the true stories of syphilitic serial killers and various other ne'er-do-wells. I loved it when one of the junior high-aged kids, thrilled by the stories of mayhem and murder, asked his mom, "What's syphilis?" In fact, I found most of the dialogue—written by Ben Edlund this week—to be a big improvement over the first couple of episodes, although the script still had its weak moments.

    I also felt liked some of the metaphors that I found just under the surface. Now, metaphor is a tricky thing because we all view things based upon our own beliefs and experiences, so there's always the danger of reading something into the script that isn't intended. With the caveat that this may be pure fan wanking on my part, I began to feel that the underlying theme isn't merely the fight between good and evil within each individual's soul. I began seeing suggestions that another theme is that the powerful woman is considered dangerous by the patriarchal male. I don't think it's a coincidence that the main character is the daughter of the devil, rather than his son. In the scene where Jesse explains to his friend Terry that Christina has a power over him, Terry cautions, "She's just a girl, man. Don't give her too much power." The idea seemed to be that allowing a female to become too powerful was emasculating. Further, men should be the ones conferring power on or denying power to women. This is also evident in the fact that Christina's earthly "handlers" are both men, who argue about whether her power can be controlled and funneled into the desired apocalypse. Even the twisted relationship between Jesse's parents feeds into this idea. When I found out that Sarah's great unforgivable "sin" was that she was pregnant—and, thus, not a virgin—when she married Logan. That is why he's a professional stalker? Logan resents the fact that she can never belong only to him—and that she has a child whom she considers saintly, but whose creation he had no part in. "How can I give you my [emphasis added] kid when you already have a saint?" he plaintively demands of her. That's just plain bizarre.

    As for the two men who have controlled Christina up to this point, her "father," Kingston Nickson, is a very interesting character. It is quite obvious that he's a member of this satanic group—and as such, a man of undeniable evil—but it's equally obvious that he has genuine love and concern for the girl he has raised as a daughter. That itself poses the question of whether even the most evil person can be without virtue or goodness. I don't think it's possible. He has spent the first three episodes begging to see her, to speak to her. When he finally does, it is apparent that he is being forced to sever ties with her, and that he's doing everything he believes he can to ensure her well-being (i.e., making her financially comfortable). His argument with Boyd also makes it clear that he's actually rooting for the goodness within Christina to win out, even if it means eternal torment for him.

    The philosophy and dialogue were high points of the episode. The low points were primarily related to the plot and the action. Many of the scenarios seemed extremely contrived and coincidental. The biggest of these had to be when Christina sets out on foot from the Kramer home to walk to the church. She approaches a street corner on the same street where Boyd happens to be enjoying his glass of...water, I guess, but I really have no idea what the hell he was drinking. At that very moment, Judy—whom Christina had just left at the Kramer's home—comes driving up that very same said intersection. Boyd does his little magic trick to cause all of the lights to turn green, leading to Judy getting in a wreck right before Christina's eyes. What timing! Sorry, but that went over like a lead balloon, as far as I'm concerned.

    This car wreck leads to some very convoluted scenes where Christina's rage is transferred to Ben, who goes out to kill the guy who drove his car into Judy's. Christina if initially all for killer Ben, but is quickly overcome by her saintly side. She chases after him, trying to stop Ben by telling him that he's been filled by her power: "It's called evil, and you have to give it back to me." I actually laughed at this point. Somehow, I don't think that's the reaction Edlund was going for. Ben is eventually brought to his senses when the town's lighthouse shines a spotlight on him, literally showing him the light. It was so incredibly hokie I had to look away in embarrassment. Not only was the scene unintentionally funny, but it felt really random and rushed—as much of the episode did.

    The last scene seems to get the episode back on the right track. The interaction between Boyd and Christina was suitably tense and threatening on her part, alternately dismissive and apprehensive on his. When she tells him that she is serious when she says she won't let him hurt the people of Point Pleasant, he condescendingly tells her, "I know , and I think it's cute." The acting and writing in this scene is very good, but so much of the episode isn't up to that standard. In fact, the episode as a whole started strongly, drifted into silliness with bits and pieces of interesting ideas and possibilities intertwined, then ended strongly. Too bad they can't keep it on an even keel throughout.

    This show is difficult to figure. I see flashes of good stuff, but far too much that just isn't anything special. Will those flashes of good be enough to keep viewers around until the creative staff can get it all together? (Of course, I'm assuming that they can, in fact, get it together.) All week, FOX crowed that 21 million viewers watched the show last week. That had to be both episodes, which means they're double counting anyone who watched both. It doesn't bode well, however, that the show's numbers dropped this week. Worse than the drop in absolute numbers, it kept only 60% of the viewers of The O.C.. While it's true that this is a brutal time slot and it's questionable whether FOX will ever have strong numbers there as long as CSI remains the top draw that it is. However, losing almost half the audience provided by its lead-in could be an unforgivable sin for Point Pleasant. The truth is, FOX may eventually have to settle for a lower-rated, higher-quality offering in the slot. The only problem with that is I'm not sure Point Pleasant is good enough to deserve that leeway. Arrested Development deserved that kind of indulgence; it's my opinion that Firefly did, too. Unfortunately, although I can definitely see potential in Point Pleasant, it hasn't been good enough overall to deserve that kind of network hand-holding. We'll just have to wait and see—and hope—I guess.

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