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Ravenswood ‘Along Came A Spider’ Review

I thought last week’s episode was boring, but that was only because this episode hadn’t aired yet.  Though Ravenswood is making large strides in the mystery of the pact, the way they’re getting there is completely uninteresting.   The same boring beats keep being hit and everything’s unfolding predictably with the mystery element boring me to tears.   It seems that Ravenswood is trying to use the same methods practiced by Pretty Little Liars in using shady characters and having main characters witness them in various, mysterious circumstances so we can all be suspicious about them.  The problem with this is that there’s really no reason to care, and all of their hints keep showing the same things: Raymond talking to people.

We get it! Raymond is a shady character.  Steve Cabral’s kinda creepy looking and Raymond runs a funeral parlor, saves dead people’s hairs, etc.  He’s creepy.  For such a creepy guy, his social life is almost better than mine.  He hangs out with all kinds of people including Springer, Dillon and Rochelle.  On one hand, Raymond’s guilt seems unlikely because the show keeps hitting us over the head with it, but on another hand I want it to be true because this whole thing with everyone glaring at him suspiciously and moaning about his shadiness is getting old, and I want this to have meant something, but at this point very little of Ravenswood means anything.

For a little while it looked like the show was going to ease off the Raymond thing, with the episode kicking off with the Mathesons admiring the new headstone, offered up by Raymond with a new spray paint proof headstone.  Their nice moment turned bad with Rochelle’s arrest for her husband’s murder.  The show’s been dancing around this from the start but now it finally happened though its hard to figure out why considering there’s very little evidence directly linking her to Charles’ death, but whatever, the plot demanded it.  With Rochelle in need, Raymond offered to help by mortgaging his business and paying her bail since no one else was willing to do so.  Despite Raymond’s creepiness, he genuinely cares for Rochelle, who won him over back in high school by being nice to him, and this fondness finally seemed to sink in with Miranda and Olivia as Rochelle ended the episode back at home with her kids.

Unfortunately, the episode ended with Remy spotting Dillon and Raymond having an intense conversation in his car so we’re back on the RAYMOND IS A CURSE WORKER train.

Speaking of Dillon, while Luke went on a mini-rage spiral in response to his mom’s arrest, Olivia tried to actually get her mom out of jail while Dillon returned to offer up an excuse for his absence:  his religious parents found condoms in his room and sent him off to some church camp.

Though that was perhaps the lamest excuse ever, Olivia believed it.  Luke didn’t, and he tried to make her see things differently which led to the awkward revelation that Olivia and Dillon slept together.  Perhaps it’s because I’m 21 and am not at all surprised when teenagers (both in fictional worlds and in reality) have sex, but the whole sequence of Luke, and then Remy, being shocked about this turn of events made me roll my eyes.  Maybe that was the show’s way of throwing it out there that Remy and Luke haven’t had sex yet,  because Remy wants to wait until she’s at least out of high school, and Luke’s totally cool with that.  If that was the point, it was a muddled one.  Or maybe the writers realized this was a prime moment to acknowledge that they’ve never shown Luke and Remy in any kind of sexual situation. Whatever the reason, it was sloppy and awkward.

Why Olivia and Dillon sleeping together became a plot point is beyond me, but at this point it looks more like a cheap device to develop their relationship, creating an avenue for Olivia to be reluctant about believing Springer’s accusations and making sure Dillon looks as despicable as possible.  They didn’t really have to do all that to make Dillon look bad, as him offering up his girlfriend’s life in exchange for his is bad enough, and Olivia being unsure about Dillon being a bad guy could have been accomplished by just, you know, showing that Olivia and Dillon had a pretty decent relationship and she loved him?  It would have been far easier to accept Olivia’s disbelief with that rather than everyone deciding Olivia having sex with him had created this huge blind spot that made it impossible for her to see reason. 

Dillon did bring up one interesting addition to the show’s mythology:  the five people being targeted for death may not have been targeted from the start. The list of names didn’t include Beaumont, Matheson or Collins, but Sanders was on it, and Dillon revealed that he’d wormed his way out of the pact by offering up Olivia instead.   So far the mythology has implied that everyone was selected because they were chosen long ago by their own ancestors’ actions, but adding other people in the present who offered up others to save their own lives is more intriguing.  It’s only more interesting because Ravenswood‘s done very little with the ancestral component so maybe injecting other characters will add some energy as well as the possibility of another person being on the death list who we haven’t met yet.

 

Tidbits:

  • I just cannot make myself care about this spider woman floating around.  That terrible special effect of the spider crawling out of her cheek tainted any kind of interest I could have had in her.
  • Why was Olivia confused about the whole bail process? Have these kids not seen Law & Order?
  • I thank this episode for not subjecting me to anymore Tess, though I curse it for subjecting me to Springer.
  • “It’s just weird that my sister did it before me.”  “Well, she is four minutes older.”
  • This show is killing me, I think.  I want to at least finish up this section of the season, but not even my Remy love is going to be enough to allow me to keep watching this show unless next week’s winter finale pulls out something excellent.
  • I can’t even come up with anything interesting to title this as.

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