I re-watched this show recently on youtube, so a shout out has to go to EllaHex who diligently uploaded every episode of both seasons. For some bizarre reason, Hex was canned halfway through season 2, leaving the viewers to imagine the outcome of the battle between good and evil at Medenham, the British boarding school where the show was set.
The short season one introduced us to Cassie, a shy teenager whose only friend at Medenham was her lesbian pal Thelma. Thelma died early on and came back as a ghost, happily haunting Cassie who soon found herself stalked by the fallen angel Azazeal, played by none other than Michael Fassbender. Yes ladies, if for no other reason than to see what Mike was up to before Hollywood beckoned, watch this show. Azazeal was a smouldering, devil-like character who sought to impregnate Cassie with his seed.
Season 2 saw the arrival of The Anointed One, Ella Dee, a tough, 500 year old warrior. She basically filled the void left by the departure of Cassie, settling into life at the extremely laid-back Medenham and befriending Thelma and her fellow student Leon. (Side note: The kids at Medenham have no problem heading out to the pub, getting pissed and having sex. Authority is very lax which makes for great entertainment for us viewers).
It’s hard to review this show without leaving massive spoilers so I’ll just say this. Hex was sassy, sexy, hilarious at times, somewhat violent and brave in its depiction of teen drinking, sex and drugs. It was more daring than most American shows of that time (2004/2005) aimed at the same audience. The plot wasn’t amazing but at its core Hex had grace and heart, delivering a great cast of vibrant characters.
Thelma stands out above everyone else. Played by Jemima Cooper, she had the best one-liners and played her role with glee. She was witty and refreshing, a lesbian ghost in love with her best friend, who was basically betrothed to the devil. I found Cassie to be a little anaemic at times but I guess she suited the overall atmosphere of season one, which was the quieter season, the calm before the storm. The arrival of Ella changed the course of Hex from a slow moving supernatural drama to an action hero show.
Each season shone in its own way. Of the two lead characters, I preferred Ella (played by Northern Irish actress Laura Pyper); she was tougher than Cassie, both physically and emotionally, and more fun to watch. Leon’ s change from silly schoolboy to a sweet and earnest young man was great to see. I have to mention the theme tune, #1 Crush by Garbage; I’ve never heard a theme song so suited to a show before. “I would die for you.” Quite apt really.
It’s a real pity the bigwigs didn’t see fit to give it another season. If you wish to check out this show, you can watch the first part of season one right here.