Moonlight: The Mortal Cure
What a season ender! It wasn't really a cliffhanger, though. Sure, there were un-resolved threads (which I won't discuss 'til after the jump), but I thought it was a pretty decent ending to the season, without making me feel like I will chew my own arm off waiting for the next season (or the strike to end-- whichever comes first!). What did you think?
I thought it was pretty lame that after seeing one phone number and one dinner date in his date book that Beth, who is supposed to have some good instincts and investigative skills, immediately jumped to the conclusion that Josh was cheating on her. On the other hand, why do you have a dinner date with a jeweler? Would he have done that if the jeweler was a guy? Why not just meet at a coffee shop during the day, or her shop if she has one? I also found it rather anti-climactic that Josh was going to propose to Beth. Of course he was. It wasn't Josh who was having issues. And even Beth says, "I don't know if this makes it easier or harder." Presumably, "it" is dealing with Josh's death. Does it make it easier because now she never has to say no?
I wasn't sure what I was supposed to be feeling about this, as a viewer. Is the fact that Beth was wearing the ring at the funeral some kind of indication that she is going to officially mourn Josh, or be loyal to him beyond his death for awhile? But enough about that. Let's talk about Mick!
I loved Lance's black eye. I wish we knew more about why his eye was black, rather than it is just a cool wardrobe choice. I loved the fights and vamping out in this episode, as usual. The fight scene in the warehouse was great. I really liked seeing the scientist vamp out too, even though I already assumed he was a vampire. For a moment, when Mick was on the floor and the fire was burning, I really thought he was in [im]mortal danger. I wish they would have actually played that up a bit more and put him in greater danger (though, then Beth would have had to come and save him).
I think Coraline is lying to Mick about the compound. Why on earth was there a monkey in that warehouse if the compound is made out of something besides... monkey. She was deliberately vague about what the compound was made of (Oh, organic materials from France! That's very helpful!). And for being a pretty bright guy, Mick clearly has blinders on if he didn't also wonder what that monkey was doing there. Sure, it's okay to test the compound on rogue vampires who have to be put down anyway (um, no it's not. That is the equivalent of saying it would be okay to do testing on death row prisoners, and that is not okay. It's horribly unethical.)
These vampires and their [im]moral codes are nothing less than scary as hell-- and I'd love to see the show explore this darkness a little more. After all, they showed nothing less than two beheadings last night. So, can't they treat their little experiments with a little more messiness than just having a cute cleaner show up and dimple at Mick? I am really hoping these themes will be explored in the next season-- and I am sure they will be, because that will make Mick's choice to become human all the more difficult. He finds it unethical to be a vampire-- but can he condone unethical modes of becoming human? Rock, meet hard place.
Early in the season, I had complaints that the show's mythology wasn't strong enough. Not anymore! I absolutely loved the history last night, as Coraline laid it out. The sire of those seven siblings (of course, Coraline and Lance are siblings!), and the compound being invented during the French Revolution; Louis the XVI being a vampire; and the revolution itself being a huge vampire genocide. But why is it so important for Lance to have the compound NOW?
At first, I thought the same thing Mick did: Coraline fed into Mick's desires and made him human to make him vulnerable to Lance's attack. But I loved Lance's dismissal: "This isn't about you." Mick, although I love him, could stand to learn that lesson. I felt for the first time in this episode that Coraline really does love Mick and that she really was trying to make up to him for turning him. Maybe that isn't true, but for the first time, I believed it. I also loved the fact that her family was angry with her for passing on their noble bloodline to Mick without permission. Vampire snobbery: Priceless.
I also loved the vampire guitar hero (Logan); the vampire napping in a bathtub full of ice in the hotel; and Mick ordering take out from every possible place he could and gorging himself once he was human again. I wonder whether he'll miss being a vampire though. And the cure is temporary-- so what will this mean for him and Beth? Anything?
It's going to be a long wait to find out...
|No, they were testing on the monkey||246 (76.2%)|
|Either way, it's unethical.||39 (12.1%)|