After a decent third episode and cliffhanger ending, Episode 4 promises to take us deeper into the worlds of the Knights of Saint Christopher and the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose. Unfortunately, The Order does indeed seem to have unceremoniously ended Sam Trammell’s (I See You) tenure. True Blood fans will miss him. But An Introduction to Ethics, Part II, looks like it’s going to give Sarah Grey’s ‘Alyssa” a little more to do. And we may learn more about the mythology and rules of magic and werewolves in The Order.
Jack Gets to Know The Knights of Saint Christopher
Following An Introduction to Ethics, Part I, Jack retreats to his dorm, naked and covered in blood. His resident assistant and Knight of Saint Christopher member, Randall, is waiting for him. Much of the episode is spent with the Knights as mistrustful members Lilith and Hamish want Jack dead. Fortunately, Randall buys some time by convincing them that Jack ate the heart of a magically ‘weaponized’ Professor Clarke. As the Knights teach Jack how to transform at will, we learn a few interesting werewolf tidbits. Each of the Knights, for instance, isn’t just a random werewolf – they assume long-standing werewolf mantles. And Randall believes that Jack is ‘Silverback’, the most powerful of werewolves, Needless to say, Lilith and Hamish are sceptical. We also learn that Jack did not kill Professor Benson. Oh, and werewolves eat the hearts of wizards believing it stops the path of a spell.
Much of the episode is spent with the Knights as mistrustful members Lilith and Hamish want Jack dead.
But Jack figures out that magic has a half-life – stopping the execution of a spell doesn’t ‘kill it’, but it does weaken it. The bad – Brandon and Gabrielle’s spell on Professor Benson is still active. The good – if Jack can keep Professor Benson alive long enough he wears the spell down. So Jack convinces the reluctant Knights to stop any ‘weaponized’ townsfolk … without killing them. Outside Professor Benson’s home – as she throws a faculty party – each Knight ‘wolfs out’ in turn and stops an enchanted assassin. Ultimately, Jack masters his powers, morphs into Silverback, and smashes a car like he’s The Hulk. By the end of the episode, Jack has won the trust of the Knights and pledges allegiance to their cause.
An Introduction to Ethics, Part II, Gives Alyssa Homework
Meanwhile Alyssa spends most of the episode with new mentor, the mysterious Edward Coventry. Like a twisted magical Directed Studies course, Edward introduces Alyssa to Sir Richard DesPain. Though he looks like a mummified corpse, Sir Richard is quite alive, trapped in an eternal sleep. Once a magical practitioner, Sir Richard, among others, broke apart and hid a powerful incantation centuries ago. Now Edward wants to find those pieces and put them back together. But he needs Alyssa as part of a dreaming spell. She enters Sir Richard’s dreams, while Edward acts as her anchor. After several trips into Sir Edward’s demented dreams, Alyssa finally retrieves the incantation. It must be some spell because Sir Edward suddenly wakes up in an effort to stop Edward from merging the pieces.
The Order Finds Its Footing in An Introduction to Ethics, Part II
No, The Order isn’t likely to hit the dramatic heights of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And it’s certainly missing Joss Whedon’s snappy dialogue. Nevertheless, this Netflix supernatural series has a goofy charm. Most of this episode is spent with Jack and his fellow Knights of Saint Christopher. Things also take a narrative detour from the series’ overarching conflict. Both are good things. First, Jake Manley’s ‘Jack Morton’ is quickly becoming a lead protagonist worth investing in. Randall already established himself as a fun supporting character. And the banter and camaraderie among the Knights is cemented quickly. Now The Order has a likeable band of mismatched misfits not unlike Buffy’s ‘Scoobies’.
Keeping Alyssa largely on her own and away from Jack for most of the episode was also smart narrative choice. It lets Alyssa’s character develop apart from her budding relationship with Jack. Most importantly, her magical apprenticeship under Edward could create some much needed tension. At the very least, Edward Conventry feels more purposeful and this incantation sets potential stakes for later episodes. By the episode’s conclusion, The Order feels like its findings its groove as a fun, light supernatural series. Stay tuned for Episode 5, Homecoming Part One.