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WILL LOVE CONQUER ALL?
on 27 June 2011
At the New Jersey resort lifeguard Jesse rescues unconscious Christina from the sea, unaware she is The Daughter of Lucifer - her task to create havoc throughout the town, a trial run before destroying the planet. As her mentor Lucas explains, "This world is a sick dog and needs to be put down." But Jesse also has hidden powers, he God's representative to prevent this happening. As the two fall in love, they could prove the ultimate Romeo and Juliet....
Glowing reviews tempted me to buy. Sadly I cannot be as enthusiastic. The central idea is great, but the treatment less so - the impression given of a soapy offering for teens, its look seemingly more important than everything else. The scripts are lacklustre, the characters shallow and by no stretch of the imagination can the acting be considered a strength.
The series (soon axed, indeed some episodes were never shown here) is perhaps best enjoyed as a guilty pleasure. Disregard all the loopholes and absurdities. Just sit back and relish the increasing tension between Good and Evil, those special effects and a thirteenth episode climax that goes so entertainingly over the top. Savour too that 666 design - an inspired touch.
(Those who study cast lists may be interested to see Aaron Paul occasionally included - he destined to shine in "Breaking Bad".)