It’s fall and it’s October, which means cold rainy weather that just makes me curl up in a warm cocoon and watch scary things. I did that this weekend with the release of Helstrom on Hulu.
MEET THE HELSTROM’S
Up until about a month ago, I had never heard of Helstrom and I had never seen a trailer for it. Then I did and I was intrigued.
“As the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer, Helstrom follows Daimon (Tom Austen) and Ana Helstrom (Sydney Lemmon), and their complicated dynamic, as they track down the worst of humanity — each with their own attitude and skills.”
I don’t know about you, but that certainly gripped me and I wanted to watch and oh I did. But, I will save my reaction for later. Check out the trailer below!
WHAT DID I THINK?
How to put this lightly? Helstrom is one of the best shows I have seen so far this year. I was hooked within the first, maybe, five minutes of the first episode. I literally sat my butt in bed on a Friday and did nothing but watch the whole series for ten hours straight. I was captivated, riveted and I can’t wait for more.
The writers certainly knew how to hook the audience in and keep us engaged. The way they had the trade off between Mother and Victoria was so brilliant. Ana, that girl is in so much pain. No one should have to be kidnapped by their serial killer father and then be forced to watch and participate in his crimes.
Then my heart goes out to Daimon and the fact that he was fighting alone for his mothers sole for twenty years. That takes dedication. He lost the only family he had left and was forced to put her in a mental institution for her own safety. He felt like he had condemned her and that guilt weighed heavily on him.
All of that, on top of the fact that Ana and him have powers and are part demon. It’s a lot and being forced to save people every day and knowing that the demons could just come back and posses someone else. That would be soul crushing to me because it’s so hard to see the hope in all that darkness. How do you continue to help? How do you continue to fight? As Gabby said, you are treating the symptoms not the problem.
Helstrom really gave us a great dynamic of chosen family as well. It isn’t all about blood. When Ana and Daimon were separated, they made their own families as a way to cope and survive. A lot of people relate to that.
Helstrom also gave us a great example that you are not always what you are born to be. Daimon and Ana are both part demon. Sure, they are each dark in their own ways, but they aren’t going out murdering people and stealing their souls just for the fun of it like the others.
THEY DID ME DIRTY
The writers of Helstrom did me dirty and I have a bone to pick with them. We had a great ship in this series in the form of Gabriella and Daimon. Gabby, the sweet innocent Nun in training, who had yet to take her vows, and the gorgeous Daimon, who is part demon. I mean come on, you can’t make this shit up. I mean, they did, obviously, but they were supposed to be together.
We got one hot kissing scene after episodes of bickering and all that sexual tension and then it was just all gone, with the snap of the fingers. Gabby suddenly turns her back on Daimon because he wasn’t there for her to birth demon Mother while he was possessed and fighting for his own soul. Like, boy was trying his hardest Gabby. That was a dick move rejecting him at the hospital. All of a sudden he is tainted? Like, I get it wasn’t your fault, but it wasn’t his either.
Oh oh, and then she goes and joins the Blood group? No, that just pissed me off. She hated everything they stood for. Even when her beliefs were shifting and shaking over the course of the season, Gabby was absolutely disgusted by what they stood for. She didn’t believe in sacrificing a human soul just to trap a demon. I feel like the writers took the easy way out on this one and did her character a little dirty.
If we get another season, Helstrom better give me some Gabby redemption and get this ship on course again.
Do yourself a favor and go watch Helstrom on Hulu. It’s a great show that keeps you sucked in for the ride.
Helstrom is now streaming on Hulu.
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