Moonlight: Sleeping Beauty
Awesome! This was a great episode. This show continues to up the ante and it gets better all the time. We finally got to know Josef a lot better. However, there is still enough mystery and intrigue left to keep me poised on the edge of my seat for the next episode. I only wish I knew when that would be.
Of course, this was the case with the most urgency for Mick yet: Find out who killed Josef Kostan. Mick's grief was so poignant and so great that I thought it was greatly affecting, even though I suspected Josef was still alive. It was absolutely great the very next moment when Beth and Mick walked into the apartment and Josef was sitting there asking them to find out who killed him. I adore him.
One of the best parts of this episode is that we still have no idea how Josef survived. It's almost like he is unkillable. I wonder if that is part of Josef's curse-- maybe he really can't die.
I love it when Mick goes all vampy. When he was fighting with the assassin, and he got stabbed, his complete transformation and shout of rage was great. I like seeing the hand-to-hand combat too-- but I would have liked to see Josef join in too. Of course, I didn't know Josef's secret at the time.
Did anybody else think that the locket in the safe might have been Coraline's? And is my memory really faulty, or did Mick go from calling her Coraline with a long "I" sound in previous episodes to Coraline, sounds like bean, in this episode?
Meanwhile, while Mick is chasing down a paid assassin, Coraline is recovering from Beth's attack in the hospital. It becomes increasingly obvious that she is still a vampire: Her wound starts to show signs of healing. Her temperature starts to drop, and then, of course, she is surprised to find that she wants to drink from the nurse who is treating her. She says something along the lines that this isn't supposed to be happening... Interesting. She tells Mick she became human for him-- do you think she believes that? Did someone trick her?
We still don't have any answers about whether Josef was in her apartment when Mick showed up there, in a prior episode, and threw a chair through her glass doors. I am starting to think that Josef sired her, though. And maybe Mick doesn't know it.
Just when I thought Josh had pretty much been quietly written off, he showed up again. I can't say I was happy to see him. Do we have to deal with Beth and Mick's exes forever? I guess technically Josh isn't Beth's ex yet, but he is about to be. He isn't stupid. I wish Beth had decided to go have her night in New York City with Mick, but I know she wasn't heading back to L.A. just to talk to Josh. She had to process the fact that when Josef (Charles Fitzgerald) turned Sara Whitley, something went terribly wrong. She is trapped in that limbo state forever.
Doesn't it seem like there is something that could be done? It's great to see a more vulnerable side of Josef -- it's a heartbreaking story. It also explains a lot about his current, vapid, playboy lifestyle. He will also have guilt and mourn the loss of his true love forever. You have to wonder if the guy does have a death wish for that reason. But if he dies, who will take care of Sara? He has to have people he can trust, change people so they won't notice she isn't aging (or have vampires care for her, maybe?).
Regardless, the fact is, if Mick wanted to turn Beth, they now know that he could lose her forever-- and she could lose herself. Did you catch the foreshadowing in this episode when Josef was playing poker with his fellow vamps? They were talking about being involved with mortals, and they said, "You can always change her." Interesting. Josef has to deal with little stabs to the heart like that all the time. And then, of course, he was staked-- his reaction to that was absolutely hilarious, too: "[He] staked me!" Josef has the best delivery on the show. I think all of the main vampires have been staked now-- the writers are going to have to think of something else to do to them soon.
Other nice touches: The vampires playing poker for vials of blood; the fact that Coraline and Sara are both the sleeping beauty of the title. Ironically, Coraline is trying to be human and Sara was trying to be a vampire ... There are some really nice connections occurring here.
Coraline is renegade now (again) and presumably a full vampire. Come to think of it, we don't know how she survived her "death" by fire either... What is it that she and Josef have in common? And if Josef did sire her, then do they have true immortality in common?
It might be awhile before we can find out.