Though the episodes were a little forced, I enjoyed watching the characters of Ingrid and Freya Beauchamp find out about their supernatural powers and learn how to use them. Multiple secondary characters such as their mother, Johanna, their aunt, Wendy, Freya’s fiancé, Dash, Freya’s other love interest and Dash’s brother, Killian, and their father, Victor were introduced as well. Dash’s and Killian’s mother, Penelope, had some unsavory history with the Beauchamps and wanted revenge for her father’s death. Basically, the premise of the first season was hey, we’re witches, hey, we have an enemy, hey Freya’s in love with the two sons of our enemy, and hey, Ingrid opened a portal to a new world.
If you haven’t seen the premiere of season two, you can watch it here: http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/witches-of-east-end/video/season-2/episode-1/a-moveable-beast. My post has a lot of spoilers, so don’t continue if you haven’t seen the episode (and plan on watching it).
The second season opened much, much, much darker than the first, though. Even the set seemed gloomy and mysterious as the Beauchamps were attempting to regain their memory from the night of the portal opening. Johanna was gravely ill from a poison that Penelope, who is now dead due to being shoved into a fiery pit, gave her. Victor was attempting to cure her with these creepy treatments that involve slicing her arm open and shoving this worm thing into the cut. Honestly, I was about ready to turn the show off when five minutes into, all I’m seeing is bloody grossness.
Dash was basically a mental case at this point since Freya told him that she couldn’t marry him because she loved his brother, and he basically left this said brother for dead on a boat the night of the wedding. Not to mention that his powers that were stolen from him by his mother were now returned since her death. Because he is a doctor, throughout the episode, he looked for a scientific explanation for his magic all while a “ghost” of Killian followed him around. Dash cracked under what seemed to be to be madness and guilt, and screamed at his brother, “I didn’t kill you, but I hope you’re dead.” Eventually, Dash found a match to the MRI of his brain, and it might just give away the Beauchamps’ secret.
Wendy was desperately trying to find a cure to her sister’s illness, and she needed a book from the library on special herbs that might have helped her. As she grabs the book, a slightly attractive man touches it at the same time. After flirting/fighting, Wendy realizes that there was another copy of the book right in front of her. She took the book and turned her back on the man, who had quickly become an annoying inconvenience.
Freya was worried sick about her true love, Killian, who hadn’t been seen since the night of the wedding. She was also worried about Dash and feels guilty for stopping the wedding. Honestly, I would too if I passed up the chance to marry someone as attractive as Dash. Back to Killian, Freya had a frightening vision of a dead Killian and forced her aunt to read tarot cards about her lost love. The cards read that he was indeed alive on land, and for some reason, Wendy saw him with a ton of money.
Ingrid was trying to prove that she isn’t a goody-two shoes by taking a job interview that she was not completely qualified for. When the man called her out on it, she tried to defend herself, but he left in an irritated huff. When she is left alone, we heard some super creepy growling with suspicious camera angles that made me think that something pretty frightening came out of that portal. Later, she headed to the bar where Freya worked and tried to cheer herself up. With some convincing, she and Freya made a potion that would change the man’s mind about Ingrid’s quaifications, and she got a call five minutes later saying that she got the job. A now tipsy Ingrid fell off a barstool and hurt her shoulder, so someone called an ambulance. When Wendy and Freya ran out to see what was wrong, Wendy immediately recognizes the EMT as the man who fought her over a book. So, it looks like he’s not simply an inconvenience but instead a clue.
Back at the Beauchamp house, Johanna was most definitely dying. She had come to terms with her death and was separating her things to give to her family. Wendy and Johanna have an emotional exchange that tugged on my heart strings ending with Wendy tearfully saying, “You have no idea what you mean to me.” Johanna laughed and responded, “Yes, I do.”
Just after their hug, we heard violent knocking on the front door. Cautiously, Wendy approached the door and opened it to find Johanna’s long lost son, Fredrick. He must have come through the portal when Ingrid opened it. Due to past betrayal, Wendy was cautious to trust him, but when he healed Johanna of her poisoning, she started to accept him.
From there, we were flashed to Santo Domingo where Killian poured a bag of coins on the floor of his bungalow. A girl with a suspicious tattoo seems to be his new love interest, and when asked if he wants to go back where he came from, Killian responds, “I don’t want to go home. Nothing for me there.” It looks like Freya gave up Dash for no reason.
We were left with Ingrid going into the woods alone and meeting a really creepy man with a lot tentacle-looking things all over his body. Oddly enough, he and Ingrid started kissing, and with a dramatic camera movement up, the episode was over.
It seems that the light-hearted witchcraft of season one is quite over, and we are now going to be witnesses of some hardcore drama. Tune in next week at 9 p.m. on Lifetime to see what happens next. Happy kommenting :)