by Isabelle Carreau, posted Oct 21st 2007 1:23PM
(S01E04) "You're a delicate flower, Mick St. John." - Beth
Since Jen is on a trip, I'm taking over reviewing duties this week for Moonlight. Sorry for the delay in posting the review. My phone company thought it would be funny to switch my phone number with someone else's on Friday night. This meant no Internet access until the phone company took care of the problem on Sunday morning! Yikes!
As Jen said two weeks ago, even if a lot of people don't like this series, it seems that I too have a higher tolerance for it and I enjoy vampire smut. Plus, the shows I tape on Friday nights and watch over the weekend are all about me not having to think too much while being entertained (the other show on my Friday watch list is Las Vegas). Moonlight falls right into that category.
This week, Mick and Beth were searching for a young woman named Leni Hayes who was believed to be hiding in the desert. Since sunlight and vampires don't mix, Mick's vampiric ability to heal himself was depleted. Beth had to take drastic measures to save his life. The episode was entertaining because of the mystery of the storyline, the new vampire factoids we learned, and the Beth/Mick relationship.
Even if a tad predictable, the main storyline offered us a few twists and turns. It was pretty much a given (even if you hadn't read the episode's official description) that Leni would do something stupid which would lead to her going on the run. At first, I thought that she had called Fayed and I was not expecting her to shoot Mick. I was surprised to see Mick steal the cop's car instead of a random (and less visible) one. In retrospect, it was probably the best choice since the cop was stuck without a ride to chase Mick and Leni but it was still a risky option since stealing a police car is illegal.
It was great to see Josh and Mick properly meet one another and work on the same case. It added a new level to the love triangle since both men were now able to size up one another a bit more. I wonder if Josh will become more and more jealous as Beth works on more cases with Mick. Probably, especially since she will surely start to slowly pull away from him.
Mick once again showed us how great an investigator he is, maybe even more than in previous episodes. Yes, Mick has decades of experience as an investigator and whatnot. Still, this week he showed us how quick he is to find clues and make sense of it all. His enlighten sense of smell told him that Leni was not injured; he was really quick to make the connection between the picture and the bill, etc. Not only is he a fantastic investigator, but he is always pretty good at having people he doesn't know confide in him. It didn't took long for Leni to spill everything (well, almost).
Mick and Beth's relationship went a step further this week. At the beginning of the episode, he told us that he always picks up the phone for Beth. The poor guy has been having trust issues since Coraline turned him (who wouldn't after such a traumatic event?). Later, Beth had to face the fact that Mick was dead. The news deeply affected her, showing how much she truly cares about her friend. But their relationship reached a new height when she offered him her blood so he could survive. This was a rather intimate moment between the two (one could even compare it to them making out for the first time). Beth made a sacrifice that could have turned deadly if Mick hadn't been able to stop. In a way, she gave her life to him. Her facial expression when Josh kissed her at the end expressed how she now feels for Mick, this paving the way for a potential Mick/Beth hookup.
For Mick, Beth's gesture not only meant he would live but also that he would now "feel" her in his body. You can see this event affected him since, compared to at the beginning of the episode, he didn't open the door when she came knocking. Mick knows that Beth is in danger because of him and he wants to stop it. We, the viewers, know he won't be able to break up their team because, without it, there would be no show!
One interesting fact we learned about the "delicate flower" this week is that Mick St. John spent six weeks in a trench in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge. This adds to his background and character. I hope we see flashbacks of him in the trenches at some point to see how these six weeks helped shape the man he is today.
We learned a bit more about vampires, per the Moonlight world:
- Mick keeps human food such as coffee in order to entertain guests.
- Vampires can go outside during daylight but not without consequences. (Note to Mick: Do not wear black clothes when outside if you want a better chance at surviving.)
- When in survival mode, vampires who feed on someone may not be able to stop themselves.
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