This episode felt by the numbers for the most part, and so far feels like the weakest episode so far of the series, but I’m split about it because it also introduces a concept I love seeing for the first time i.e. The Rot, a force counter to “the green” that Swamp Thing’s powers come from. To see it in action was wondrous to watch and Swamp Thing (Derek Meeks) to collide with something on par with him.
The downside is well, the cliche aspects of it. We learn more unsavory things about Avery (Will Patton) which go just about where you expect the subplot to go. Then you learn even more things involving himself the Sheriff (Jennifer Beals), and at that point, I began to wonder why is this episode throwing every darn cliche in the book?
I mean it really does, cause on the other side of things, you have a rival from the CDC shows up in the town to counter all the work Abby (Crystal Reed) has done. It just becomes so darn predictable on where it goes. I felt like I didn’t even have to watch the entire episode to know where these story beats would go, and sure enough, they did.
On the plus side, we do get more out of Daniel Cassidy (Ian Ziering) and Madame Xanadu (Jeryl Prescott). Their scene teasing us besides of course the crazy swamp virus and what gave birth to Swamp Thing. That there’s something highly mystical going on in the area as well and the whole balance being unhinged (due to this new force being created).
That and Abby meets Jason Woodrue (Kevin Durand) for the first time, and as expected. The two don’t see eye-to-eye on the situation that is befalling Marais. It sets up Woodrue so much better as a rival to Abby than the idiotic CDC director. Like literally we could have Woodrue and her butt heads, but noooo we had to go with the stupid cliche idiot doctor who thinks they know better subplot to come on in here.
Which is sad, because these moments with Woodrue along with the Rot elements are what saved this episode from being so damn boring. Hopefully, this little trip doesn’t make the series fall flat on its face, and was just filler. It hurts to say that, but that’s what this episode truly felt like.
Like you could almost skip this entire episode and I bet I wouldn’t miss a beat on what happened in the next. I’m really being kind with my score here, only because for the few scenes we get, and well we see Swamp Thing take on another force besides itself (i.e. The Rot) in this episode. I just wish everything else around it was so much better. Truly a pity.