The Dresden Files

Season 1 Episode 3

Hair of the Dog

4
Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 11, 2007 on Syfy
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9.1
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  • Things aren't always as they appear.

    10
    Of course, with the premise of this series you expect things to not be as they appear. Well, they went a step or two further.

    This episode illustrates a good suggestion. When you first look at something and you think you know what's going on, look again. Just to be sure.

    There's an old saying (well, semi old). "Good guys don't always wear white hats." Or "The guys with black hats aren't always the bad guys." Either way you want to say it.

    A couple of the plot twists I might have expected. But I was caught up in trying to figure out why certain people were acting the way they were. In my mind I cross referenced their actions with other cops in other shows. I was surprised that the reasons weren't what I thought. Great!

    At the end I was pleasantly surprised to see who was doing what, and who the real bad guys were.

    I like how they drop a few more hints into Harry's life each episode, instead of piling it all on at once in the first episode.

    I'm starting to like Bob. They should bring out a bit more of his past.
  • Exciting episode!!!

    9.9
    It was a great thing to see Dresden in action and revealing himself as a true magician...Until know I was somewhat disappointed with the show and with its main character...So a series of murders take place and Murphy asks Harry to come on one of the scenes of the murder...Unfortunately for them the person coordinating the case, was an FBI agent who was the one that caused all this things to happen...Harry must deal with her and her partner before they kill another victim, and may I say, he does it admirably...This episode was also important because Harry Dresden's performance as a magician was more visible here...The phase with the mirror, the one when he escapes from prison and uses an interesting tool to create an illusion of himself, or when he brings Bob to the crime scene to discover the faces of the owners of blood,with are all classical ones.
  • Third time's a charm.

    9.5
    This episode was amazing. Exactly what I was looking for in a show of this genre. It was very well written and the performances were amazing. I just started reading books on Harry Dresden by Jim Butcher and Paul Blackthorn has definitely a dead-on incarnation of Dresden. He is every bit of what Butcher described him to be. This episode proved that. Paul's performance was flawless in this episode. As was the girl who played Heather. I have read stories about werewolves and seen movies etc but they have never treated the subject they way it was treated in this this episode of The Dresden Files. Harry Dresden is definitely my new best friend...both versions of him - the books and the television show. I am really starting get hooked to this show and am looking forward to the next installment. Hope more episodes as exciting and interesting as Hair of the Dog are to follow.
  • A great episode with some great twists and monsters.

    9.3
    After seeing the trailer for this episode, I was excited to see who and what ther serial killer is. From when the FBI agents took the case over, something didn't seem right about them. I'm a big fan of all things werewolf and this episode didn't disappoint. The werewolf's were pretty cool and different looking, almost alien. I was most surprised by the way the curse could be reversed. If you kill 9 of the same bloodline, then you are free. In the end, the curse was broken for the one who wanted to be free, but at a very high price.

    I haven't read the books, so I'm not sure if Harry's hockey stick has any special powers, but he sure looked ready to do battle when he held it! I'm definately going to start reading the books.
  • Great, but had more potential.

    9.2
    After a series of ritualistic murders, someone mentions the word "werewolf" so Harry, of course, gets dragged in. Thing is, it looks like the lycanthropes aren't the killers, they're the victims. I thought this would be better, it could have had werewolves hunting people down, but I guess this storyline is more original. This is the first time Dresden wields his hockey stick seen the the ads and the opening sequence. I thought that this was a good episode but I felt that the Boone Identity was better. I hope that they include a major story arc soon, as it would make the series more interesting. But it probably won't as they are being aired in a different order. Liverpool FC forever!!
  • Harry tries to help solve a sticky wicket involving werewolves. This one really captured my interest and makes me want to tune in again in the future.

    9.1
    Unlike many viewers, I've never read the Dresden novels, and thus had no preconceived notions of what the series would/should be like. I was open to whatever came. The first two episodes I saw ('Birds of a Feather' and 'The Boone Identity') were alright, intriguing even. But this one was seductive: it drew me in and kept my interest throughout. There was a very appealing use of magic and the supernatural, both with the energy spell and with Bob the ghost—how cool was that blood test thing he did?

    The actors portraying Heather and Harry have a palpable chemistry on screen, and I do hope we get to see more of them together in the future. I like the actress playing Murphy as well, but she was not featured much in this episode.

    This episode made me put a couple of the Dresden novels on hold at the library. I'm interested in the back story at this point; I want some more, please…
  • Harry finially shows us that he is a true wizard!

    9.1
    This has been the best episode so far. Finally we get some serious magic! It only took until the third episode but better late than never I guess. This episode was exciting and dealed with a common and well known supernatural creature but in a new way, with the werewolves being (mainly) the victims instead of the killers. The show kept me interested and wasn't as predictable as the past 2 episodes were. I also found the pacing to be better. If the show continues this way then things are looking up!

    My only main problem is the CGI for the werewolves could have been better since everything else we have seen so far, such as the doom box in the first episode, looked well done for a tv program.

    All in all this was an exciting episode and I can only hope that it will continue to get better as the season progresses.
  • Cross my palm with silver ...

    9.1
    See, I don't know if I was distracted during this ep or what. The werewolves were scary and the hunter/prey twist was reasonably cool. Also, the acting leading up to and during the fight sequence was immensely satisfying.

    I just felt at the end of the episode that I'd been watching the trailer for a longer, better version of this episode.

    They shouldn't be afraid of two-parters. That structure works just fine in the new seasons of "Doctor Who," and I think it would serve "The D Files" well as well. Lots of shows seem to have syndication agreements that insist on airing the show in order, and that's something that happens with a [i]lot[/i] of shows these days, so looking to the future, a couple "to be continueds" wouldn't hurt.

    That being said, I loved, loved, [i]loved[/i] Bob outside. That was just plain out ordinary [i]cool[/i]. :)

    I also agree with the lighting. Some of the technical aspects of this show could be better.

    Also, I didn't get a sense of loss when the mirror was stomped (that mirror was a cool-ass spell, btw). These things do cost Harry something (and I don't mean $1.99 at Target -- I mean metaphysically), and I'd like the show to describe to a newbie like myself what that cost is and what kind of toll it takes to use the energy and to lose it.

    Wow, I seem to be complaining a lot. I did really enjoy this one, and I really enjoyed Paul and Valerie's performances. Also, Bob's lycanthrope startled the bejabbers outta me. :D I thought it was great -- just a little bit too rushed and compactified, maybe haps. :)
  • Hair of the Dog

    9.0

    Hair of the Dog was a superb episode of The Dresden Files and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character development for Harry who found out he was dealing with werewolves. It was a great story with action, intrigue, and magic. The whole idea of the FBI agents working together was pretty cool. This was a moving episode that contributes to the series. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!

  • Trivia, lots and lots of trivia

    9.0
    I think this was the best episode so far. Why? We see not only Dresden confronting a classical myth like the werewolf but a lot of information about the mythological creature being used showing that the production is researching a lot and imersing themselves very deeply in the dark corners of some library.

    Also we see a new stallment in the show: a relationship for Dresden in the kind only a wizard could have. Ans mark my words, we're going to see Heather in the future for sure.

    Okay. The episode has its weak points like why Murphy would just as promptly ask for Dresden's help without reaching a wall first. Or the fact that someone who calls himself a wizard is so well accepted by the police department of a city like Chicago. but, hey, every story apparently has its weak points.

    The last point: is Dresden's Hockeystick really a magical weapon? If so, why it didn't help him at all? And instead of running for it and then for the silver pins, he ran directly to the pins?

    Let's stay tuned! It's being worth.
  • A strong episode, casting away any doubt that the series will hold together.

    9.0
    I was satisfied with this episode. Initially I was wary of the series due to the underwhelming debute of "Birds of a Feather". It would appear that the series continues to build with regards to consistent, well-written and finely executed episodes. There are some foibles and minor objections. For instance, if Agent Bushnell had killed eight werewolves previous, then he should have known that handcuffs would not have held Heather. Agent Raskin threatening Harry in the jell cell seemed a little rash and way too risky. There was no legal precidence for Agent Raskin threatening to have Harry arrested in the police station. Those sorts of minor quirks do not pull away from the overall success of the episode. It was also pleasing to see more magic from Harry.
  • Harry actually does do magic! I was starting to believe that he could only draw spell forms and such but nope! He’s an actual wizard. This show I think is finally starting to find it's way.

    8.6
    Here thar’ be werewolves. Murphy pulls Harry into a case, that with the help of his skull living ghost friend Bob, he’s able to figure out is about werewolves. But not the normal werewolves hunting people down and ripping them a part. Oh no, someone is turning young women into werewolves only to then hunt them down and kill them.

    The FBI, a female agent Raskin, informs Murphy that she’s now taking over the case. Raskin also tells her that this is the work of a serial killer. That’s this is his 8th victim. She then starts to question Murphy about Harry’s involvement in the case.

    Harry in the mean time, meets the victims (the werewolves’) friend, Heather, whom blames herself for leaving her friend at the bar where she met a guy whom it appears a few days later kills her. Harry asks about the bar. Whom was there and what happened. She remembers a woman at the end of the bar that Mina had gotten into a fight with but she can’t remember what she looked like. This is when Harry does magic! He takes a mirror and while touching the back of the girls neck he turns back time in the mirror to the night at the bar.

    Heather sees the face of the woman at the end of the bar – it’s the female FBI agent. Before her and Harry are able to do anything with this new knowledge the FBI surrounds them and the female agent has Harry arrested and takes the girl, bites her and takes her away. Raskin is a werewolf.

    Raskin goes to the jail to murder Harry BUT he’s done magic again and had left a sort of hologram image of himself in the jail cell while he escaped. Mean while her partner is with Heather. She asks him about Mina, is this what she went threw? He says it was and he admits that he was the one that hunted and killed her. He makes her angry, and she starts to “change”.

    We find out that Raskin had been bitten by a werewolf and the only way she could break the curse was to kill 9 other werewolves. This is why she kidnapped, bit, and then killed the other 8 girls. Heather was to be number 9 so her curse could be broken and her and her partner could continue their *happy* life together.

    There’s a problem with this plan though. Her partner, Bushnell was bitten/scratched by Mina while she was in werewolf form before he killed her. He doesn’t tell Raskin this though and they go together to Harry’s to kill Heather, to break the curse. Harry’s not going to let Heather be killed though. He fights with Raskin, and then she turns. She attacks him and just as she’s getting ready to rip Harry’s throat out a werewolf jumps her from behind. Heather? Raskin rips the throat out of the werewolf only to find that it was her lover, her partner, Bushnell. As he lays dying he tells her that she has her life back now, she’s killed 9.

    Raskin gets committed and Heather decides to leave town. Harry gives her some sorta medicine to help her control her hunger with the beast. He tells her that she’s to call him if she starts to run out or if she has any problems. She leaves. Harry’s sad. He tells Bob that he hopes she’ll make it. He hopes that he doesn’t one day have to hunt her down and kill her.
  • Finally!

    8.5
    This episode, or this series so far, is not earth shattering. It is quite nice though, and to some effect, it captures the essence of the books. To me, this episode specially captured this essence, with Harry desperatly doing the right thing and never stopping being the gentlemen.
    Structure wise the episode was modest, and the special effects aren't out of this world, but they are okay for a show that is just getting started.

    Paul Blackthorne convinced me, at last, of his Dresden, though I still think he has far too few hair.
    I still don't understand what they did with some of the books' characters, like Susan, for instance. I often wonder if they merged her with Murphy's character, since the Susan was the brunette, not Murph (who was blonde). Though, the only really nice asset this show has until now is Bob, to whom they seem to have assigned all the magic (which he didn't do in the books... I'm puzzled by this choice) but is nonetheless a really well achieved character.
    I look forward to more of this show, and hope they will allow it to gain its own place, space and respect (like playing the episodes in their proper order).
    If anything, I'll wait for the dvds to be out and finally see the episodes as they should have been played.

    All in all, this is a nice episode that fans of the genre and of the books should watch with confidence in better things yet to come!
  • Overall a good episode but not one of the best.

    8.2
    Harry Dresden is being targeted by the FBI. But for the wrong reasons. because he has been helping the police and because of what his specialty is. The FBI get a search warrant after Harry Dresden is hired to do some recon by the police to figure out who is killing young girls after they go clubbing at a specific place. Harry is hired to investigate but the the FBI get a warrant and they search his apartment but they cant find his secret room when Murphy, Dresden's police friend, tells his to watch out because of an arrest warrant that Angent Raskin, a warewolve, puts out on him becasue he has made an unwanted friend, but not unwanted in a way that you would think. He has a made a friend of Heather, a girl bitten by agen Raskina nd she wants Heather dead so that she can return to being normal.
  • this episode.. reminded me of underworld and i loved that movie!

    8.0
    major improvement from last episode ..the lycans concepts its been used so many times in lots of tv shows and movies..not all successfully but this one was a successful attempt.. i love that bob character harry carries around in that weird looking skull ..he's funny with that weird accent..
    ...my favorite scenes : 1- when he took bob to the park where mina died and he had to identify who's blood it was my transforming..that scene gave me a jolt.. 2- when that FBI lycon kidnapped heather then suddenly she half transforms and takes a bite of heather..i seriously freaked out here..
    i smell fresh blood ..YUMMY
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