Quite the roller coaster viewers have been sent on when not a week after the strong debut of Swamp Thing, we are hit with the news that the show is done after this one season. Not the best news to hear when between the first and second episode you are looking for a reason to keep that investment with the show from start to finish. There is also the conflict this creates with viewers who wouldn’t want to make it to the end of a season and feel as though the story was left up in the air. Those like myself wouldn’t mind that, but you can never say the same for everyone else. With that said, it’s still the second week and the show still goes on till the finale on 8/2.
Little time was wasted jumping back into Alec’s disappearance. Being the kind of town it is, it helped seeing the news of his “tragic death” from different perspectives. Those who saw it as nothing more than an accident because of the way things looked, those who knew there was something more to it because of what Alec was digging into, and those who clearly know that something is wrong because they are at the source of the problem. Where this took Abby next was exciting since now there was this inner conflict in finding out what happened to Alec, while at the same time still trying to find the source of this epidemic. Both for the most part go hand in hand, her drive wouldn’t have been the same as it is now without what seems like a personal attack. Now she knows that they were getting close to something. Now she knows that there might be a person to blame. She was given everything she needed to actually make some progress and find direction. Part of me believes that without these ingredients, she could have ended up like her colleague who is still in the clinic checking up on the patients.
The further exploration of her place in this town was also given a push, but I don’t believe it had the same impact as it did in the first episode. This time around there was more time spent showing the things that she didn’t notice in her past, and further emphasizing that the trust she lost in people went deeper than with one married couple. With that said, it helped that her circle of friends were able to keep things engaging. Officer Cable again got her through the more nightmarish dealings of her investigation, and Liz continued providing a good ear for someone who needed a fresh perspective than the drones which others turn out to be.
When the horror kicked in once more, I enjoyed the atmosphere from this show. Titans and Doom Patrol had episodes where they tried to tap into this, but it simply comes more natural for Swamp Thing. Trouble came for the swamps, and they pulled no punches showing us just how deadly Swamp Thing can be. This is Alec Holland, but at the same time it isn’t. He doesn’t share the same humanity, and is less likely to show it to someone who does wrong.
Speaking of exploration of the town, I was definitely caught off guard by the introduction of Xanadu. Well, most of us know her as Madame Xanadu. It took some time to realize who she was supposed to be, and I think that was what I found just a bit disappointing. She’s this immortal who can do extraordinary things, but that wasn’t quite what you were seeing from her in this first scene. Hopefully I’m wrong and there is still more to see from her. The other was a little more surprising. The last person you expect to see in a show like this is the Blue Devil, but here he is. Not who we all are familiar with in the present, but who he used to be before whatever transforms him from human into an actual demon.
As far as plot progression goes, there was no better time than now to begin addressing the game that Avery Sunderland is really playing with the swamps. Being the guy who hired Alec, fired him, and tries to make everything seem like it’s okay, there had to be more than we were seeing on the surface. Thankfully, the introduction of scientist Jason Woodrue to Marais shook things up. We see who can be trusted, who can’t be trusted, and what we need to fear for anyone who continues to get as close as Alec did to the truth.
Once more I was impressed by the visuals for this show. I could see why money played a big factor in the cancellation of the show. Whether it was their ability to use the swamp, or the way they captured the swamp coming to life, or just the rendering of Swamp Thing as a whole, it was all brilliantly done. It probably helped a lot that much of these supernatural occurrences happened at night where it is easier to blend these things into the picture. That first scene with Swamp Thing was chilling for the fact that also were not seeing him as if he was solid or plastic covered. Every bit of him could peel off. They created the belief that he was now composed of the swamp around him. Even the red piercing eyes grab you despite being the only thing that clashes with the rest of his color pallet.
Last week I did recall saying that it was unfortunate how that was probably the last time that e would see Andy Bean as Alec Holland on the show. I’m glad that I was proven wrong. It made sense that throughout this mystery and investigation there would be scenes taking us back to the past with Holland. For this episode they were more indirect, but one might assume that there might be other ways he pops up directly as we see more of the Swamp Thing come to terms with what he has become.
Swamp Thing “Worlds Apart” was terrifying in the best of ways. Only two episodes in and this story leaves you shaken to find out what comes next as things will only get worse before they get any better. For a show like this, momentum and pacing are also key to keeping us all strapped in for the ride. They got it, and now they just have to keep cranking that dial.