Season 2 | Episode 1 | “Blood Pressure” | Released July 11, 2014
Hemlock Grove, whose anticipated second season dropped today on Netflix, was never intended to have the aesthetic cohesion of Hannibal or the consistent weirdness of Twin Peaks. Rather, its appeal lies in a mythology that takes center stage in this season’s run. Although the first episode of the new season suggests a sanitization of some of the perversions that made season one such a campy ride, it still manages to use the grotesque so efficiently that fans of the show will not be disappointed.
The episode opens as a silver masked man enters into a home under the cover of darkness. After ruffling the hair of a sleeping child, he makes his way down into the kitchen where he explodes the house by turning on the gas and leaving a lit candle. It’s an eloquent moment in…
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