Disappointing, I spose, since the show got cancelled after only two series and you're left not really knowing what happens. Or worse, you have to assume the worst, cause, yo? ... I can't help feeling that the writers wrote themselves into a corner. And that that wasn't the first time they did so in this show. There were lots of things that didn't quite hang together or ring true - sometimes there were lots of kids in the school, sometimes hardly anyone or noone noticed big things, like messybeheadings, happening.
But there were lots of things that had me watching this to the end. Firstly, the school is set in a modernised stunning gothic castle with grounds that went on and on. OMG I wish I'd gotten to go to a school like that! And the pretty awesome rooms they boarded in. And the clothes were pretty awesome, especially Ella Dee's. I don't care how impractical it is to fight a duel in a corset and stilletos, dang she looked hot! And powerful!!!
Other things I liked ... the DVD cover describes this as Charmed meets Buffy which I spose it is, except it's English and so it doesn't shy away from things that American TV shows do - like, OMG hello! The lesbian ghosts in the lunchroom having sex! I don't think I have ever seen a woman going down on another woman on a TV show. I'm trying to wrack my brains with the L Word but ... maybe it was the angle this was filmed at or something, it was just - wow! You never see that! And so yeah, also one of the lead characters being openly gay and passionately kissing a lot of women and it never ever being dealt with as a big deal.
I also liked the issues that they addressed, also without making them feel like the weekly special - self harm, abortion (and late term at that), teen sex, sexual abuse, temptation, death. I liked that even though you thought it was really clear who was good (Gpd, those who side with Gpd) and who was bad (demons, those who side with demons), it never really was quite that clear. Everyone was blurry and you never really knew where anyone stood and the acts themselves could go one way or the other, depending on intent, or not. And I liked that no matter who you were, you were always open to falling to temptation/seduction/someone really liking you, even if you used the same tricks yourself ie we are never immune to vanity and ego taking over and making you fall for a trap.
It was good. Shame it never really got finished.