Underappreciated TV: Hex

Billed as the British Buffy, Hex... well, it didn't achieve the levels of fannish obsession that Buffy did. But Lucy loves it.

Hex

I suspect most people reading this are already thinking “What?” For Hex truly is an underappreciated TV series (well, there were two series, to  be precise). First shown a couple of years ago on Sky One, it wasn’t the talked-about hit it should have been. Hex has been hailed the “British Buffy” – but given I was never really a Buffy fan I won’t draw any comparisons. It certainly hasn’t been as popular, and wrongly, I feel.

The cast of Hex certainly aren’t a bunch of unknowns; actors and actresses include: Colin Salmon, Jemima Rooper, Jamie Davis and Christina Cole but to name a few. So the failure of Hex to spark much interest in the TV-watching public has always been a source of confusion for me. The show has everything; it’s witty, sexy, scary and naughty. From the pilot show I was hooked. I’m a huge fan of spooky things (as opposed to outright slasher programmes or films) and as Hex has more going for it than just being a “ghost story” I think it definitely deserves the “underappreciated” title.

Set in a private school, Hex is full of characters with very different personalities. The main character Cassie is a beautiful young woman who just wants to be popular, and yet the only friend she really has is Thelma, who also happens to be a lesbian and deeply in love with her. The story really begins when Cassie discovers a mysterious vase. From then on, she begins to have visions and nightmares of people being brutally tortured and sacrificed. She also finds out, much to her surprise, that she can make things happen with her mind; when she is frightened or upset, bad things happen to those causing her anguish.

At around the same time, a strange man is seen lurking around the grounds of Medenham School and he appears to be trying to get to Cassie. This is Azazeal, a fallen angel who has been summoned by Cassie’s discovery of the voodoo Canari (vase). He knows that she is descended from a long line of witches that tempted the angels down from Heaven and he intends to make her his own, and give her a child. However, the birth of this child will release the remaining Nephalim (fallen angels) and the war between Heaven and Hell will begin.

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Needless to say, Thelma is insanely jealous of Azazeal and his power over Cassie, and she instantly mistrusts him, and not without good reason. He soon shows his true colours when he murders Thelma, leaving Cassie to face life at school all alone, and with all the weird goings-on, she’s not sure how she will cope.  However, at Thelma’s funeral, her ghost appears beside Cassie as though nothing has ever happened and this is where the fun truly begins. Upset at first, Thelma soon embraces life (or should I say death) as a lesbian ghost and vows to fight Azazeal and his evil all the way. And it’s not long before help arrives in the shape of Ella – whom the girls assume is mortal, until a lusty comment from Thelma earns her a cheeky wink. Dumbfounded as to how Ella can see and hear Thelma, they are determined to find out Ella’s true identity. On discovering she is on their side – the battle has truly begun.

I don’t want to say too much more as I’ll end up giving away the whole plot! Hex truly is a captivating masterpiece and those interested in supernatural programmes will love this. Pay close attention though, because it does get confusing at times as you try to remember who is on which side! But even the bad guys are sexy – so don’t be fooled! Since its release I must have watched both series’ 4/5 times now, and I’m still fascinated. I was deeply disappointed at the end of series 2 when I found out there was to be no more Hex, as I felt the ending was a little ambiguous. Of course this could have been intentional, but I think there’s definitely room for more Hex!

If anyone has watched this and knows what I’m banging on about, leave some comments – it would be great to know I’m not the only Hex obsessive in the UK (it seems to be all the rage in America).