Friday, January 30, 2009

Recap ~ Moonlight's Out of the Past episode (#1x02)

SPOILER ALERT ~ Recap of Out of the Past ~ Episode #1x02 ~ airing on Sci-Fi Channel

Since we were introduced to Beth Turner and Mick St John in No Such Thing as Vampires (pilot episode #1x01), the writers were able to explore their budding relationship in this episode. Alex O'Loughlin is so into the character. Even when he is not speaking, his eyes and body language talk to us.

Lee Jay had great reference books. Everyone, including Beth and the assassin in Sleeping Beauty, assumes that the old stories of stakes killing vamps and such are true. However, Lee Jay knows that staking will only paralyze and silver is poison to Moonlight vamps.

If Mick told me that someone was trouble, I would believe him. He is so sincere when he says "Trust me."

How funny was the exchange between Mick and his former police pal, Bobby? "Hey... what's with these muscles? How you stayin so fit? "Uh you know... diet"

Mick looks sooooooo good at the book release party. :)

You have to really hate someone to bash your own head into a glass and then to shoot yourself. No escape for Mick in that restroom.... turning in circles... caged.

We learned more about Mick in the past. He calls himself "young and stupid." He sure gave Lee Jay a beating. Of course, that is when he thought violence solved everything.

Love the 80's flashback scene of Mick and Josef. "Red or White?" Duran Duran! I would like to see an entire episode about that time in their long lives.

Tough love from Josef.

Who did Mick go to for help? Beth!

Poor Josh! Beth calling out another man's name in her sleep had to hurt. He is a decent, cute and good guy..... just can't compete with Mick. Who could? He did the right thing and helped Mick.

I also like that Mick is a gentleman and thanked Josh.

Beth learning this early in the series that Mick is a Vampire has been the source of debate. Many people feel that it was too soon, or that she shouldn't have known until the final episode. I happen to like the fact that she already knows. Beth is an investigative reporter after all. She wouldn't be very good if she ignored the facts. When the hero has a secret identity, it has always bothered me that the love interest has to be blind to all the evidence piling up around them.

Another symptom of the love interest is the constant need to be rescued. Which is why I love the fact that Beth saved Mick this time! "I thought I told you to stay in the car." haha....

Alex was amazing in the last scene.... his breathing and voice. You could just feel Mick's pain. When he showed up at her apartment, he wanted to tell Beth that he was a vamp but couldn't. Now he was not only going to be forced to reveal himself, but had to do so while vamped out. Showing her the "monster" he believes himself to be.

Photograph ~ Mick St John (Alex O'Loughlin) in Moonlight's Out of the Past episode (#1x02) from the climactic scene when he reveals himself as a Vampire to Beth Turner. Click on the image above for a larger version of the picture.


Malaron said...

I am so glad to be watching Mick and Beth again. I loved tonight's episode. My heart was racing when Beth said Oh My God.....and Mick saying Don't Look at me. What great chemistry. I absolutely loved this show.

Lyn said...

You always know the moment you fall in love. I originally set this show to TIVO back when it first aired because my husband has always been a big vampire fan... I never was. The pilot was (and we all know it) not great, although it showed promise. I watched Out Of The Past still thinking it was "just another show". It was the "don't look at me" that did it. It hit me then and there, this was going to be something special. First, yes the girl does find out about the guy right at the beginning... none of that "why doesn't she guess" nonsense. I could see Beth was not going to be a wallflower heroine, either "stay in the car"... right. "Please leave"... don't think so. "Don't look at me"... why not? But that "don't look at me". The pain, shame but most of all vulnerability in that one pleading sentence. It hit me then and has never left me since... this show had something extra. Alex was able to put volumes into a look or a word or the way he took a breath. Brilliant!!

I am glad its back, glad we are back to discussing it on this - the VERY BEST place to discuss Moonlight. I wish it was still with us, but this is the next best thing.

Thanks, as always, Kandye.

Anonymous said...

I love this show... mick is such a good actor even when he's not talking i love him... i finaly got the moonlight DVD i cant stop watching the show!!!!=]

Anonymous said...

Excuse me Lyn? Don't make an all inclusive comment about how "WE" all knew the pilot wasn't very good.....I was hooked on MOONLIGHT from the very first episode. If you weren't thrilled with the pilot thats your problem but don't speak for me. From the very beginning MOONLIGHT had that "something" that captivated me...and it continued to do so. I loved each and every episode including the pilot!