Rather like the Brit version of "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer" crossed with "The Craft", "Hex" takes place at a remote English school called Medenham Hall, which looks like a palace crossed with an art museum. It looks like another branch of Hogwarts, actually. In other words, definitely not anything even close to resembling the college that I went to. The series focuses on Cassie Hughes (Christina Cole), a wallflower in the school who can't seem to fit in with the popular kids.
Cassie has a crush on Troy (Joseph Morgan) and, unknown to her, her lesbian roommate, Thelma (Jemima Rooper), has a crush on her. After finding a voodoo artifact on the grounds of the school and cutting herself on it, Cassie finds herself with powers - and a follower in fallen angel Azazeal (Michael Fassbinder) , a dark spirit looking to use her powers for his own gain and who she gradually becomes interested in.
The series is certainly not without an interesting mood and atmosphere, as the location of the school is wonderfully mysterious and moody, and the show's supernatural plotline is mostly involving, if never quite developed to its potential. The series does slip a bit when a new student, Ella (Laura Pyper), enters the picture several episodes in and suddenly becomes the main character.
The performances are generally enjoyable, but lack a certain snap, as while some of the actors give entertaining performances (Cole makes for a willowy, enjoyable heroine and Rooper adds some needed humor), others seem a tad flat. Additionally, the series as a whole takes a little bit of time to get going, and the pacing of the show can seem a little stop-and-start at times. Still, despite a rocky lead character change and some pacing issues, this still remained an enjoyably moody supernatural drama.
This set offers the 6 episodes from season 1 and four from season 2.
1 The Story Begins 10/17/2004
2 Life Goes On 10/24/2004
3 Deeper Into the Darkness
4 Possession 11/7/2004
5 The Release 11/14/2004
6 Cursed 9/18/2005
7 Death Takes the Mother
8 Spiral 10/2/2005
9 Ella Burns 10/16/2005
10 With A Little Help From My Friends (1) 10/23/2005
11 With A Little Help From My Friends (2) 10/30/2005
12 Noir 11/6/2005
13 Where the Heart is 11/13/2005
14 Doomed 11/20/2005
15 You Lose 11/27/2005
16 Hole 12/4/2005
17 Seven Deadly Sins 12/11/2005
18 The Showdown 12/18/2005
VIDEO: "Hex" is presented by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in 1.33:1 full-frame. Image quality is rather good throughout the show, although a few minor problems take away from an otherwise fine transfer. Sharpness and detail are above average, although the picture never appears razor sharp due to what appears to be an intentionally somewhat soft focus, along with some minor noise often visible in the image. Colors look intentionally subdued, but seem accurately presented.
SOUND: The show's stereo soundtrack offered some enjoyably creepy sound effects and ambience, and could have used a 5.1 remix. Audio quality was fine, with crisp dialogue and no distortion or other concerns.
EXTRAS: The DVD offers a "making of" featurette that runs a little over 20 minutes, with quite a bit of on-set footage and interviews with both cast and crew. There's also deleted scenes for 3 episodes (4/5/6), as well.
Final Thoughts: "Hex" is an interesting (if somewhat uneven at times) supernatural drama with solid mood/atmosphere. The series could use a bit more intensity and momentum, but it's otherwise a reasonably creepy and involving show.