In last week’s episode Elena, Logan, and Rachael were recaptured after an attempted escape from Aleister’s compound of creepy. Those brands on their necks do more than just add a stylish air to their demeanor! Dr. Bauer (Carly Street) once again proves that she is bat-shit insane, injecting Elena’s blood and declaring that she is all Aleister will ever need. Whoa. Just…. whoa.
Compared to the rest of the cast, Carly Street has a relatively short list of acting gigs, but she does an amazing job portraying Dr. Bauer’s downward spiral into the depths of crazy. I can’t speak to her ability in other roles, as I have never seen anything else she’s been in, though she looks really familiar to me for some reason. I’m kind of sad that Dr. Bauer is in the show for such a short amount of time. I think her character could have been expanded upon after the inevitable destruction of Aleister and his compound of crazy.
Crazy Doctor Lady aside, this season seems to be giving supporting actors a bigger role, and I like that. It’s refreshing to see a characters outside the main group highlighted. This week we actually learned more about two of the minor characters than has been given to us in the past. It seems that we’re getting the extended character development that has been sorely lacking since the show premiered. Let’s take Rachael (Genelle Williams), as an example. Last season we barely got to know her. We were pretty much told that she was Logan’s girlfriend, whom he got pregnant, and he’s so madly in love with her that he was going to run away with her (I’m kind of wondering if this is a tie in to the books. Granted, it’s not Logan who’s running away with his human girlfriend. In fact, spoiler, Logan isn’t around for most of the series. But it still feels like it’s a bit too similar to not be a nod to the original story.)
Even that has more to do with Logan than it does with Rachael. I’m hoping that this inclusion of Rachael is not short running because Genelle Williams is an amazing and versatile actress, and it’d be a shame if they didn’t take advantage of her talents! As an actress, Genelle Williams, is perhaps most well-known as Leena, the empathic innkeeper, of Warehouse 13. She has a great ability to display the full range of human emotions, from Leena’s low-key demeanor to Rachael’s over-the-top emotions. Where Leena seems implacable, Rachael is inconsolable.
Keeping with the theme of supporting actors, Let’s talk about Aleister (Sean Rogerson). Until now, I haven’t focused much on Aleister as a character, or the actor that plays him. Sean Rogerson is relatively unknown to me. Looking at his IMDB profile, he’s been in several things that I’ve seen and yet I can’t recall him. This leads me to wonder if, perhaps, he is unexceptional as an actor. Or maybe he’s just always played unexceptional characters, until now. Then again, maybe if I go back and watch the things that he’s been in, I might have an “aha!” moment and remember him. Either way, he’s definitely made himself memorable with this role. I don’t think anyone would argue that Aleister is hard to forget. This being said, I figure I should probably pay more attention to him as a character and include a more information about him here and in future reviews.
There’s a lot of scene swapping in these episodes, and it’s hard to keep up with the multiple conversations. I think this is part of the change in cinematics that Greg Bryk has mentioned during his interview with DoG. I understand the change, but it is definitely a bit hard to follow at times. If you aren’t paying rapt attention, you can easily miss the transition. I’m lucky to have the episodes in a format where I can stop and rewind, but most viewers aren’t that lucky. But I guess that’s what the “Last time on” recaps are for. Greg had wonderful things to say about the technical changes this season, so perhaps the purpose of the constant jumping around will become more apparent in episodes to come.
Speaking of Greg, is anyone getting a creepy vibe from his character (Jeremy Danvers) this season? He’s always had a hard edge to him (for obvious reasons), but there was always an air of paternal protectiveness and love. At several points in the past few episodes, I’ve found myself questioning if that’s his motivation anymore. I’m sure it’s still there, but the need to keep his role as Pack alpha seems to be becoming more important than anything else. That isn’t to say that that’s a bad thing, it’s just a noticeable, notable change. I know that keeping his status is important for the safety of the rest of the Pack, but his desire appears slightly selfish at times, versus completely noble.
The past few episodes have been information overload; this one was a little less so. That doesn’t mean this episode isn’t important. If you miss it, you’ll miss a whole lot of answers to questions that have been building since the premiere. There’s a lot of character development in this episode that has been overlooked so far this season. So far the episodes are more of a “slow build” as opposed to last season’s “dive in head first” delivery. So what do you think, guys? Are you going to keep watching? Do you want to find out the answers? Let us know by commenting below!