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The Gates Review: "What Lies Beneath"

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Last night's episode of The Gates was definitely able to hold our interest in this mythical suburbia community, but I still don't understand why they would have a Chief of Police that wasn't supernatural like the rest of them. 

Wouldn't it make more sense to have someone that was like them? Granted, they may not be able to control who picks the new chief - but, why not? It seems like everyone in the community is able to get away with murder, so why couldn't a witch put a spell on the person that makes these decisions? Just saying...

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Back to the show. I do really like this show - a lot. Even if there are gaps and strange endings to storylines - this is a magical/mythical community after all.

From the looks of it - someone was out to get the ex Chief - but I don't believe it was Chad! I also happen to be a huge fan of anyone from My So-Called Life - and really, would Brian be a killer? I don't think so! That leave this case in my eyes still wide open. Who do you think is the real killer?

"What Lies Beneath" took us further into who the main characters are and from the looks of it - there's still so much we can't wait to learn!

For example, Andie is a succubus. Up until last night, I didn't have the faintest idea of what that was. After briefly researching succubus online - I found out that this is a mythical female demonic creature that feeds on men's energy in their sleep - very similar to a vampire.

So, I wonder if Andie realized something was strange with her when she kissed Charlie. Do you think Andie's father will inform her what she really is? I hope so!

Another character that we have only scratched the surface with is Devon. We know she is a witch - a powerful one at that - but, why do you think she wanted Claire's blood so bad? She claimed it was to make the neighbor permanently forget seeing Claire drive away in the dead guy's truck, but I don't buy it. There's a lot more to Devon and her mysterious teas.

Nick's character is definitely going against the grain being the upstanding and honest Chief. Do you think something in him will crack? Notice how the old Chief would take money? And at the end of the episode Nick does take the free and very expensive tea from Devon as a gift for his wife. I have a feeling that throughout this show, Nick's moral fiber will be tested quite often.

I really do like Charlie and Brett. Both guys are very cute and oddly enough I think they will become friends (at least I hope so!). The romantic triangle is definitely brewing and I can honestly say I don't want either of them to end up dead!

There's still so much groundwork to cover and The Gates definitely has all summer long to become a hit. Hopefully, it won't get bogged down by the number of characters and storylines.

What did you think of the second episode? Leave your comments below!

Until next week, here are a few The Gates quotes from last night's episode:

Claire: If you're lying - I'll kill you.
Devon: Yes, I'm well aware. | permalink
Devon: There - you can go to sleep tonight knowing that this problem is solved. But Claire, do try to stay out of trouble. | permalink
Lucas: Stay out of it! | permalink
Claire: Emily thinks my stories are boring because they all end in a kiss - and that's icky. | permalink
Devon: I'm not asking for your trust, I'm just trying to find a solution to your problem Claire. | permalink
Brett: You did me a solid, now stay out of it. | permalink

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@David C - What drives me crazy is taking myths and screwing them up really badly... I don't mind analogies or metaphors, god knows that I use enough of them writing and painting and so on... It just gets to be too much when TV series writers look at something, shrug and say "Eh. Close enough." It would be nice to see some real depth and make me care about the characters in this series. So far they haven't and going by last night's episode (Not commenting on it here), I am afraid that ABC will pull a Defying Gravity and kill it instead of fixing it.

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@ TeraS - A vampire drains people of their blood. A succubus drains people of their energy. Guess you're not a big fan of analogies, or metaphor, for that matter.

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The only problem is that ABC likes to drop shows like a rock,just when they are starting to get interesting. We'll see how long they let this one hang around. It's definitely not a great show, but it is pretty damn decent, and good summer fare - a guilty pleasure.

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Okay Mrs. Northman... You messed up on your answer to me and instead replied to tangotai. Is that catching you in a mistake? Would you like to correct that error now then? Now, getting to your reply to me, the hard fact is that you made the same mistake that a lot of people do getting vampires and Succubi confused... Vampires tend to take blood right? Succubi don't. Also, how is the method Succubi use similar to vampires? The definition of a Succubus is: A female demonic creature who seduces men in their sleep. Religious tradition holds that repeated intercourse with an incubus or succubus may result in the deterioration of health, or even death. A vampire is defined as: Undead beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures. It's not the same thing in spite of the current way a lot of the myths are being wrecked in a lot of series these days. I honestly do not expect ABC to allow Andie to actually do anything really Succubus-like. It is ABC after all and not HBO. I am also expecting her not to have horns, a tail or anything that appears to be physically demon-like in nature. Going on the track record of ABC in that regard, I'm expecting her to have fangs and that's about it, similar to what the Succubi in the ABC Family series The Middleman had. I could be wrong, I hope I am wrong because I'd love to see one series that actually did portray the myths correctly... Maybe Lost Girl will have that when it premieres in September... I can hope.

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@ tangotai - Maybe you should pay a bit more attention when you read. I stated: "After briefly researching succubus online - I found out that this is a mythical female demonic creature that feeds on men's energy in their sleep - VERY SIMILAR to a vampire." Thanks for (trying) to correct me. Next time, catch me on a mistake.

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charlie and brett anre both soo cute! andie is a really lucky girl, apart from the succubus thing!

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This show rocks. It is a sexy supernatural mystery with a decent dose of psychological depth.

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A Succubus is not a vampire. Not even close. Do a little more research will you?

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God I hope people watched last night, because I don't want this show to disappear after the summer. I really, really liked this episode...there are so many interesting things going on.
The Andie-succubus-thing...I think it's great, because this is not the typical resident you would expect to live there. Werewolves, vampires, of course, but a succubus. I'm interested to see how she reacts to that and deals with it...and what a succubus exactly does.. Devon seems so far like a great villain to me. Here scary tea is almost everywhere and she definitly manipualted Claire into giving her blood. I'm looking forward to see what she wants to do with it...but I guess power is all her goal. And the whole time I was wondering - is it possible that Devon got Claire into this cravings-state. I mean, sure, Claire's a vampire, but she and her husband didn't talk other victims, so I guess she had her cravings under control for a while. And since Devon wanted her blood so badly and her scary, scary tea (my guess: she'll be able to manipulate everyone who drinks it) is everywhere...who knows... Claire - I love her. I don't know what it is with her, but I really, really like this character. On the one hand she is a victim to her cravings and a deticated mother...on the other hand she kills people and is not afraid to threaten Devon...Besides Devon my favorite character so far... The murder storyline is also interesting...who killed the old chief? Definately not the one who was arrested. And why Devon looked worried when Nick questioned where the suspect had her tea? (Again: I think Devon uses her tea to make people into puppets!) Nick...I still don't really liked him, but one good thing to his annoying, obsessive behaviour is, that he drives the storyline forward. So we'll see if he becomes more likable to me. Especially since I predict his lovely wife to be one of Devon's brainwashed puppets very soon. Uh I'm writing to much...but: people please watch this show. And if you don't watch already, turn in, because it really is a good and intriguing show :)

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Horrible show. A mindless melodrama mixing equal parts 90210 and Twilight into a borefest better suited to clueless teen girls and soap opera loving women than to anyone looking for intelligent monster drama. Avoid at all costs.

The Gates Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

That's what I mean by changing behavior.

Nick and Sarah's daughter

Simon: Maybe its time you stopped trying to beat your old man and focus on the hunt.
Lucas: Yes sir.

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