Carmilla: 0.11 Clap if You Believe In… And 0.12 Nothing to See Here Recap

Well, I’m just going to say it. I don’t think I have ever been so disappointed in a season of a show. This season started off really promising, and...

Well, I’m just going to say it.

I don’t think I have ever been so disappointed in a season of a show. This season started off really promising, and just jumped the shark so badly with the character development and the fairies and the mystery science theater style commentary and the fairies. Did I mention I hate the fairy world?

Okay, let’s look at the last two episodes of the season. In episode eleven, “Clap if You Believe In…”, Perry laments her averageness, and how she wanted to cast a spell with a statue to try and keep LaF at Silas. What does this make Perry, since clearly the spell has worked? Is she a human who has some connection to magic? Is she a witch? I don’t know, because the series never explains.

Carmilla threatens Perry’s life again, and Mel steps in, saying if the magic worked before, it’ll work again. Perry tries the spell, and after a pep talk from Mel, tries it again, and the episode ends with the fairy spirit world opening.

Episode twelve, “Nothing to See Here”, starts with Tythia promising Mel leadership of the summers, and I am guessing she is possessed and leaves by the will of the fairy queen because the queen can see her deepest desires. She promises Carmilla a shrill match who will challenge her. Perry is promised majesty and co-rule of the fairy kingdom, and Tythia promises that they will wipe the earth of all who made her feel inferior. Perry realizes this means ridding the world of LaF. She makes the choice to finish the spell, containing the fairy back in the statue.

The fairy universe comes crashing back down, and everyone unfortunately gets hit with three months of period cramps at once. Perry decides that none of this exists and that she has no idea who Carmilla is, and leaves, chatting with LaF on the way out.

The tape ends, and Laura sums up the story and suggests they show the tape to LaF. The passage way opens back up, and Carmilla and Laura head out. The tape…somehow magically comes back on, and pre-college Laura is on a campus tour, and finds the room, saying that the school is going to be amazing.

I want to make it very clear that I want a season three. I want more Hollistien, and LaFerry, and I want to know what happens with Danny and Mattie and Kirsch. I want the story to continue. But this season was really bad. The pacing was really atrocious, the cuts were jarring, the script was corny, and this isn’t the backstory I wanted for LaF, Perry, or Mel. If the fairies had been introduced earlier, and the climax had happened three episodes earlier with a little more of Mel and Perry after the climax, I feel like this idea could have been salvageable.

I am aware that this is branded content, but there is a way to do branded content in a series like this that isn’t this awful. Perry’s characterization was really thrown out the window here, and LaF stated in season one that Perry always had a fixation on normalcy. Season Zero really just does nothing for the characterization of anything. There were so many routes this could have gone, and this was just really disappointing after Season Two. The Season Two finale was so big, so grand, and so elaborate that this, as a follow up, fell really flat.

I know there are some people who loved this season, and I am so glad if you did, but it wasn’t my cup of tea. I look forward to, hopefully, a season three, and I hope those of you who have been following these recaps are excited for that too. Thank you for reading!

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Mehek Naresh

Mehek Naresh is an Indian American lesbian, living and working in Florida after recently graduating with a Bachelors in Political Science. Her hobbies seeking out small talk with cashiers, reading, and spending more time staring at tumblr than she’d care to admit.

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