The Messengers Season 1 Episode 2 Review: Strange Magic

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Oh, what a strange magic. 

There couldn't have been a more fitting song for how Vera probably felt at the end of The Messengers Season 1 Episode 2

After a very slow pilot, the story quickly picked up speed by throwing our chosen ones together within the first 20 minutes. 

The Messengers Unite - The Messengers Season 1 Episode 2

Even though the first episode was painfully slow, I couldn't help but feel like this installment went in the opposite direction. I'm not saying the entire episode was too rushed, but the initial meeting all the characters had with each other felt really quick. 

Rose threw a lot of information at them. However, it wasn't entirely shocking news. 

As many already figured, the Man is actually the Devil. So from here on out, I will refer to him as the Devil.

Also not a surprise was the fact that they will have to team up to stop the apocalypse.

Just your everyday, run of the mill biblical crusade. 

Erin: Okay, even if any of this was remotely legitimate, why us?
Rose: If people like us can somehow figure out a way to work together, maybe the world deserves to be saved.

I was pleasantly surprised that Rose is actually another messenger. I was curious how her character was supposed to fit, and I still have a lot of questions regarding her shooting. 

Rose helped shed a lot of light on what was going on because she has the gift of understanding. That's a pretty convenient gift considering she can just tell them what God wants them to do. 

She also dropped an interesting tidbit. There are supposed to be seven messengers, so there is one unaccounted for. Who is this person? Have we already met them? 

Like I suspected, Vera had the hardest time accepting her new destiny. That's because she doesn't believe in destiny, or angels, or God. 

Hi, I'm an atheist.

Vera

I liked Vera a lot more in this episode than I did in the pilot, but I can't really put my finger on why that is. 

Even though she's the resident skeptic, I was glad they didn't drag out her disbelief for a bunch of episodes. After everything she saw, she had to admit there was something bizarre going on. 

Seeing her wings didn't hurt either! 

I'm also interested to see what Vera's gift is. It's easier for the others to believe because they've seen and used their new gifts. 

Vera's whole story is one big mystery considering her son was taken in such a strange and sudden manner. 

There was a lot of information being thrown at us including the need to stop the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Again, this is very familiar territory, so I hope they do something interesting to make this plot stand out. 

We were also shown a little bit more about Raul's life, but we still don't what exactly happened while he was undercover and what tore his family apart. 

I'm still not crazy about some of the graphics. Joshua's visions remind me of the flashes the characters used to have on the TV show Roswell. They shouldn't look like graphics I saw 15 years ago. 

We've also only gotten a brief look at the main characters together so I'm waiting to see how their chemistry will develop. 

In our Messengers Round Table last week, we talked about the issue of spirituality vs religion being used on the show, and they still need to find that balance. 

I think this episode was a definite step up from the pilot, but still has a lot of room for improvement. I'm still onboard to see what happens next! 

So over to you guys! What did you think of the episode? Any idea who the 7th messenger will be? Did the army guy walk in front of the bus on purpose? What kind of gift should Vera have? What are your predictions for The Messengers Season 1 Episode 3?

Sound off below, and don't forget you can catch up on any missed episodes when you watch The Messengers online via TV Fanatic!

Strange Magic Review

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The Messengers Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

Rose: God is angry, so he's giving us a test.
Peter: I am so not down with that.

Hi, I'm an atheist.

Vera