THE GATES “Little Girl Lost” Review

the gates "Little Girl Lost"

In this episode of THE GATES, called “Little Girl Lost”, Dylan and Claire are trying to find their kidnapped daughter. They each blame themselves for what’s happened and soon realize that they can’t find her on their own. So they go to the only person they know can help, Nick. Of course he needs to know why it all happened in order to track down where the little girl is. In the process Nick also finds out more about Dylan and Claire’s shocking history when he discovers that Claire fed on Emily’s parents and that’s how the couple “adopted” their human child.

With Nick’s help, Dylan and Claire do find their daughter but it opens up a whole new can of worms as Christian took Emily to her human relatives. He wanted to hurt them and leave them with a problem that would plague them forever, but in the end the whole terrible business actually brings the couple closer together again. Christian will never find out though, as Claire decides to finish what Dylan had not and stakes him through the heart just as soon as he’s released from police custody.

While all of this is going on, Sarah starts to get an inkling that there’s more going on in The Gates than her husband is telling her. When she tries to help her friends through the kidnapping of their daughter, she is told to go home and later confronts Nick. One look at his face and she knows he’s been holding another terrible secret. She may not know what it is, but knowing it’s there is enough to upset her and she walks out of the room.

Meanwhile Andie still wants Charlie, but needs Brett. She thinks she can have it both ways but when Lexie finds out her secret and tells Charlie, her hopes die when Charlie rebuffs her, unable to handle being with a “thing”.

My favorite bits…

Dylan admitting that he was trying to kill Christian when he tied him up in the sun. Until then, I wasn’t absolutely sure if he hadn’t been just trying to burn him.

Nick asking Dylan where to shoot a vampire to kill it.

Dylan barely staying in control as Nick talked on the phone to Christian.

Claire accusing Christian of playing with his food when he was flirting with the waitress.

Getting a peek into what Dylan and Claire were like back when they were naughty vampires and not the wholesome parents they are now.

The eeriness of the scene where Dylan was walking up the stairs to the sound of a baby crying and stopping Claire from feeding on the infant.

Dylan and Nick having to hold Claire back from killing Christian. Here I thought they’d have to be holding back Dylan, but then again there’s nothing like a mother’s wrath when you try to hurt her child.

Dylan losing control for just a brief second when Christian told him he’d have to kill Nick to get his daughter back.

Christian’s pathetic attempt at a poker face when Nick asked if Emily was with her family. It made me think that maybe one of the reasons Nick chose to listen to Christian tell all about his and Dylan and Claire’s past was to get clues from him. Pretty clever.

Once again The Gates delivers a lot of drama and a bit of action, too. Even when dealing with creatures that aren’t quite human, key moments in the show actually come from the human aspects they still have. Dylan and Claire may be vampires, but they are still parents looking for their little girl, parents who were going through a rough spot in their marriage. I liked watching how they got through it, not only as vampires, but (somewhat) humans as well.

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