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The Witch Stirs Up a Lot of Trouble for Herself With the Vampires of 'The Gates' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 20th 2010 5:02AM
'The Gates'Throughout this first season of 'The Gates' (Sun., 10PM on ABC), local witch Devon (Chandra West) had been stirring up trouble with just about everyone. Her misdeeds came back to haunt her in the finale, as the vampires decided it was time to do away with her for good.

Dylan (Luke Mably) and Claire Radcliffe (Rhona Mitra) arrived at her house to take care of the situation, but Chief Nick Monahan (Frank Grillo) stayed the execution. "My son is dying. She's the only one who can save him," he pleaded. But it proved only a temporary stay of execution, as the four were surrounded by vampires en route.

Nick and Dylan tried to use reason with the leader of the vampire group that stopped them, arguing that it doesn't have to be this way. Unfortunately, he proves less sympathetic to Nick's plight. "And unfortunately for you," he said to Dylan. It's not just the witch we're after now. You've breached our trust."


In the vampire fight that breaks out, Nick manages to get back to the car, where a visibly frightened Devon had stayed. Claire, covered in blood and fangs bared, glares in the window telling Nick that she and Dylan are not done with Devon. "Make no mistake," she vowed. "We will come for her."

All of that arrogance and certainty that Devon displayed all season long was nowhere to be found at this point. She's caught between a vampire and ... well, more vampires. And the only person fighting to keep her alive is doing so solely to save his son. Perhaps that is the realization that her past misdeeds are fast catching up to her we see on her face. Or regret for years of manipulation and callous acts, perhaps? Unfortunately, we don't think repenting and remorse would do her much good at this point, even if she were capable of and interested in such things.

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OneCharmingBastard

RIP "The Gates" - a gorgeously shot, well acted, smartly scripted, and little watched Sunday night guilty pleasure. Rhona Mitra should be headlining a top 10 show somewhere, Chandra West is chock full of surprises as an actress, and even the teens were skilled thespians - the whole 'why it works' for me was that it was gorgeously UNderplayed (like good soaps used to be - everyday people stuck in out of the ordinary situations, but reacting as if everything was totally normal) - not to mention, the show was a visual love letter to Shreveport, Louisiana, which in my mind now rivals Vancouver for the moniker of 'most lush and moody'.

I also love that absolutely nothing was resolved in the finale - as if the Nielsen's had never entered the equation of the story bible....

September 20 2010 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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