From left to right: Thelma, Ella, Azazeal and Cassie
Originally marketed as The British Buffy, which was true in much the same way that Coupling was the British Friends (which, again, was part of the early hype). Hex told the story of a blonde schoolgirl named Cassie who gets supernatural powers with which to fight demons, but has her style cramped by her falling in love with the leader of the aforesaid demons, Azazeal, discovering that her destiny is to give birth to his child, the Anti-Christ.It had high production values, a pretty and talented cast, and an intriguing (if hardly original) premise. But the thing was... it wasn't as great as it could have been, running on twists and good dialogue and character emotion, but overflowing with plot holes.And then the lead actress left, taking half the supporting cast with her as she did so.It was then rapidly retooled into a show about a kickass red-headed immortal schoolgirl named Ella who has supernatural powers with which she fights demons. Unfortunately she was blind-sided by the Anti-Christ (Cassie's sprog Malachi)'s evil plans, the demons won, and the show's second (and final) season ended with the cast divided into the evil, the very dead, and the fleeing in terror. To call it a Downer Ending would be a gross understatement, especially as one of the three survivors was actually dead anyway. Although as it ends with the Defrosting Ice Queen and Jerk with a Heart of Gold happily spooning with each other while the wacky ghost claps her hands joyfully, none of them seem to be particularly bothered about the end of the world taking place just down the road.In both seasons, Thelma the ghost was the heroine's sidekick and speaker of memorable quips.Notable for characters who managed to be simultaneously Genre Savvy and Too Dumb to Live.On the other hand, it had Colin Salmon and Michael Fassbender in it. And they're always awesome.This show provides examples of:
Big Eater: Thelma gleefully abuses the fact that ghosts cannot gain weight.
Black Comedy Rape: Thelma can affect Cassie's dreams, and does so without her permission. Cassie wakes up furious and states that she's told her not to do that, and Thelma clearly finds the whole thing funny, saying that she didn't seem to mind at the time. She does it to Roxanne, too.
"Do you have any idea how frustrating it is being a lesbian ghost?"
Azazeal becomes less Manipulative Bastard and more Papa Wolf in the second season. However, because he wants Malachi to choose his own destiny, the forces of hell put him on a bus and send Mephistopheles to make sure the apocalypse goes as planned.
The Chessmaster: Malachi has this written all over him. As do Azazeal and Mephistopheles at some points.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Peggy (Thelma's ghostly girlfriend from 1918) is dropped without explanation after the end of the first season. Raphael vanishes completely after he sexually assaults Ella and she humiliatingly repels him.
Cool and Unusual Punishment: Raphael gives Ella boils for fancying the guy she’s supposed to be killing. Mephistopheles makes Malachi go blind, but this turns out to be a cunning plan to get him to sleep with her anyway despite her disfigurement.
Girl on Girl Is Hot: Practically all the male teens constantly make jokes about wanting to see the female characters doing it.
Glowing Eyes of Doom: Played with in the first season, where firelight causes demon eyes to appear bloodshot (as Thelma puts it, “manky eyed”). Played straight in the second season with Malachi and his succubi.
Good Is Not Nice: Archangel Raphael. As Leon comments, “he’s a lot darker in real life”.
Ella crushes Raphael's balls when he tries to sexually assault her.
Thelma shocks Leon out of Malachi's control by threatening to castrate him.
Heel-Face Turn: Mephistopheles after coming to admire Leon (presumably because of his undying devotion to Ella).
The Hero Dies: Original protagonist Cassie is killed off two episodes into the second season.
He's Back: Ella in You Lose, and she even namedrops it ("Didn't they tell you? I'm back!")
Immediately subverted when Sariel floors her, leading to Badass in Distress, but this serves to highlight the fact that she does need Leon after all.
Hollywood Voodoo: Averted. There's a chicken sacrifice in the opening minutes, but later exposition makes it clear that real voodoo is a benevolent religion and the demonic events were down to white dabblers playing around with voodoo techniques without understanding what they were doing.
Hot for Student: Roxanne and her art teacher in season 1, Roxanne and Jez in season 2.
Hulking Out: Ramiel snaps back to his daemonic form a couple of times, usually when something has pissed him off.
Idiot Ball: All the heroes, passing it back and forth, but especially Cassie and Leon.
Deeper Into Darkness is a particularly bad offender. Thelma tries to tell Cassie that Troy is possessed and Cassie...accuses her of being jealous.
Informed Flaw: Thelma is said to be incapable of touching living things (though not inanimate objects, so she can eat and call a help line) and thus incapable of snuggling with Cassie, but is never shown trying to do so.
In the Blood: Cassie is descended from Rachel McBain, who first made the house a demon magnet by ignorant experimentation with voodoo.
Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Inverted with Raphael, who is ostensibly there to help the heroes but achieves precisely nothing (beyond a bit of snark) before pulling an inexplicable Attempted Rape on Ella and disappearing.
It also cures possessed people (resulting in a rather amusing episode where Thelma tries repeatedly to electrocute Cassie)
Love Makes You Crazy: Arguably the central tenet of the show. Both heroines end up falling for their respective enemies, and love for Cassie, and later Maya causes Thelma to betray Ella and help out the bad guys several times.
Love Makes You Evil: The Nephilim and the Faeries, who were originally angels and the human women who tempted them from heaven.
Love Redeems: Mephistopheles of all people says this at the end: "I've traveled this cosmos long enough to know that there is only one thing worth fighting for, one thing that truly moves people, that makes them better than they are. And that is... Love".
Magical Abortion: A double subversion: it's an actual abortion...and Cassie doesn't get it because Azazeal talks the doctor into safely removing Malachi instead.
Mind Rape: Azazeal when he starts playing hardball. He did this offscreen to Cassie's mum causing her to become a Broken Bird, and onscreen to Jo, causing her to become evil. He also uses the Stone of Belial to inflict it on Ella.
This backfires on him, since once she's no longer possessed, she wants nothing to do with him. The few times he tries to start something when she's herself again, she basically tells him to fuck off. He appears genuinely confused by this.
Plot Hole: In the penultimate episode, Malachi and Jo are seen with what are implied to be Tom's dismembered body parts wrapped in bin liners, seemingly about to go and dispose of them secretly. In the final episode, which appears to be at most a couple of days later, Tom suddenly and mysteriously has a formally-marked grave, just so that another character can visit it and have an epiphany.
Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Malachi's accelerated growth, from conception to viable infant in days and from infant to high school pupil in weeks.
The murders of the gynaecologist and the security guard at the school seem to go completely uninvestigated.
Ella severely beats Jez in a kendo battle before strangling him to death, then hangs his corpse up in a crude attempt to fake a suicide. The cops seem to buy this completely, despite the obvious injuries to the body, and the fact that hanging leaves very different marks to manual strangulation.
Posthumous Character: Perie makes two significant appearances after her death, due to time travel to the past.
Sacrificial Lamb: Felix in the first episode of the second season. Introduced as Cassie's potential new love interest, then gets gutted by a demon.
Satan: Azazeal is the closest thing we see, though season 2 implies that there are higher powers that even he is answerable to.
Scars Are Forever: Ella has scars on her wrists, which she tends to hide with long sleeves or sweatbands. They are later revealed to be manacle burns from when Azazeal tried to have her executed as a witch. At one point, Ramiel tries to convince David that they are evidence of self-harming.
Schoolgirl Lesbians: Thelma and Maya were dead lesbian schoolgirls. Which didn't stop them having a sex life. Prior to this, Thelma was in love with Cassie, who realized too late that she felt the same way.
Ella's seventeenth-century attempted execution as a witch, with her tied to a ladder and lowered into a fire, makes visual reference to the film Witchfinder General.
Slashed Throat: Ella's preferred method of dispatching non-demonic targets.
Stable Time Loop: Azazeal unintentionally causes one when he sadistically sends Thelma back in time to witness Ella's trial and execution: Thelma interrupts the execution and scares the villagers away, ensuring that Ella survives into the twenty-first century.
Stalker with a Crush: Azazeal. Not only does he sneak into Cassie's room to watch her sleep, when he overhears her talking to Thelma about how much she likes Troy, he gives the poor kid a Puppeteer Parasite.
Weimar Republic: Malachi takes Ella on a date, via time travel, to a stereotypical 1920s Berlin sex club.
What Measure Is a Mook?: Ella has no problem with casually killing the students under Malachi's control, even though she knows that Thelma can cure them.
What the Hell, Hero?: Thelma and Raphael's actions towards the end of You Lose ( respectively, Thelma saving Malachi because she's afraid to go to heaven despite the fact that Maya would presumably go with her, and Raphael attempting to rape Ella for no reason at all) are pretty inexplicable.