A friend who knows my affinity for all things Buffy and Buffy-related recently alerted me to a giant subway advertisement for a new TV series with my name written all over it: “Hex.” “Hex” premiered last Thursday at 10 on BBC America (though happily, the channel is re-airing the two-hour premier daily, if you want to catch it) and stars Christina Cole as Cassie Hughes, a girl attending a posh-British boarding school (housed in as Goth a mansion as you can find) who discovers she’s a witch. It is clearly Britain’s best answer to the enormous fan-base still wistful about Buffy and searching for something, anything, to fill the void.
Last night I eagerly snuggled up in front of the television, ready with snacks, drinks, and the remote, and was rewarded with quite a ride. The show is darker than Buffy and dives in head first with the drama, teasing viewers with mysteries and lore about what lies ahead–something that Buffy fans really had to wait until the second season to enjoy. I found myself immediately gripped by the characters and plot, though the humor was a bit over the top and cringe-inducing at moments.
Without giving too much away, the website for “Hex” describes Cassie as “bewildered and terrified by the visions that haunt her,” but she “soon discovers that there are certain advantages to being a student endowed with mystical powers, when she learns how to manipulate the people and situations around her.” And there’s tragic romance ahead as well, if not a bit kinky sounding, since Cassie’s love interest turns out to be a fallen angel named Azazeal (Michael Fassbender), “the leader of a group of fallen angels who were banished from heaven for tasting the pleasures of mortal women.”
From watching the premiere, I’ve already determined that I’m in for all 10 episodes of the show’s first season. What Buffy fan can say no to promises of mystical powers, demon-fighting, and romances with fallen angels? Definitely not me.