The premise for it is simple: After Lucifer waged war against God over the creation of man and lost, he was exiled and imprisoned into Hell and his followers banished to Earth. They became known as the Fallen angels, who corrupted humans and fathered abominations known as the Nephilim. God then flooded the Earth to be rid of them, but a few Fallen survived and begot more Nephilim later on, while in hiding. God then sent the Powers to deal with the Fallen and the Nephilim alike, but there was a prophecy: A Nephilim would be born with the power to redeem the Fallen and send them back to Heaven. He’ll be known as The Redeemer.
The show introduces us to Aaron (Paul Wesley), an teenage orphan recently adopted by a family with an autistic younger son. As he turns 18 years old, Aaron begins to be plagued with dreams and visions, body changes and the sudden ability to understand all languages, including dogspeak which helps turn his dog Gabe into his close confidant. Aaron meets Fallen angel Zeke (short for Ezekiel, played by Tom Skerrit) who explains to him what he is and the changes he’s going through and the danger he’s in. Then the Powers show up in town seeking to destroy him, as does Camael (former head of the Powers, played by Battlestar Galactica’s Rick Worthy), seeking to protect him. A battle ensues, Aaron accepts his Nephilim destiny and goes on the run with Camael in a bid to protect his adoptive family while still redeeming the Fallen that seek him out. This is the part that aired last year, and re-aired Friday night.
Over Saturday and Sunday we were presented with Aaron on the run, a full year since he took hold of his powers, still with Camael and Gabe by his side, still being chased by the Powers, now led by Mazarin (The Bionic Woman‘s Will Yun Lee). We’re introduced to more of the Fallen, Ariel (Ivana Milicevic, who played Sam Finn on Buffy), who works as a paramedic and uses her angelic powers to save lives, and Azazel (Hal Ozsan), who lives up to the name Fallen, with all the arrogance and swagger of a rock star, complete with long, dark hair and an outfit that would give Aerosmith’s Joe Perry a run for his money. Azazel is in cahoots with the Light Bringer (Malcolm In The Middle‘s Brian Cranston) to set Aaron up. Will they succeed?
All in all, and even though the last two installments were only based on Sniegoski’s characters, it was a very satisfying story with a good conclusion. The performances were solid (I have to strongly praise Ozsan, because he was as ruthless, arrogant and sexy as any Fallen angel should be, as well as Wesley, who went from vulnerable and confused to someone who finally knew his true place in the world) as were the special effects. The battles with angelic fire were of special notice.
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