Ravenswood Season 1 Review “The Devil Has a Face”

Ravenswood Episode 4 The Devil Has a Face (3)

What a difference a few episodes makes. On the latest episode of “Ravenswood,” we saw Luke, who started out as the outcast, all but switching places with his sister, who started out the show as the front-runner for homecoming queen. In “The Devil Has a Face,” Luke was clearly in heavy denial about everything that had happened on the supernatural tip, opting to instead make a desperate grab at fitting in again, from joining the school’s production of “Our Town,” to getting smoochy with his sister’s frenemy Tess (Hayley Lu Richardson).

Okay, technically she kissed him first, but he returned the favor shortly thereafter, and then followed that up by all but dumping Remy. Did you notice that Remy’s father seemed actually concerned when Luke left? I think he was coming around on the fact that maybe having someone for his daughter to lean on might not be such a bad thing, especially what with her seeing the refrigerator bleeding. Don’t you hate when that happens? Too bad it may be too little, too late. Poor Remy can’t win, can she?

Lots of spooky goings-on where that came from, including a mysterious grave-splitting (the stone in question belonging to one of the victims of the last instance of five teens mysteriously dying, Abby Wheeler, aka Luke and Liv’s father’s high school love), right after Miranda saw the previous five who died having a pow-wow in the graveyard; Luke running afoul of a rogue crow in his bike spokes; a ghost making with the speak-and-spell again in the grass after seeming to want to claw its way out of a sheet pegged above a burial plot; cabinets going wild in Collins’ secret creeptastic room full of jars of hair of the various victims and a heart re-animating; and a gate almost taking out Luke backstage at the auditorium they were rehearsing the play in. Oh, and the return of Miranda’s mother, who beckoned her into the light behind a door at the end of the episode. I’d say she might have been crossing over, but Miranda’s clearly in the next episode, as evidenced by the preview, so I guess not.

Other developments, most of which were extremely cryptic: Caleb met a relative, Henry Collins, at a retirement home who said there were “seven of them” and that both Caleb’s ancestor (Henry’s brother, who Caleb looked just like) and his father disappeared and warned Caleb not to be so careless and to watch his moves. Later on, he showed up at Caleb’s place, bearing a set of keys, telling Caleb it was “his turn now” and that Caleb Sr. had “not known what he was up against” and had “lost the battle” and that he had “never signed it,” whatever “it” was.

No idea what any of this means, but clearly it has something to do with this mysterious pact of five. If I had to guess, I’d say it was something witchcraft-related, as I suspected in previous reviews, but we don’t have a lot to go on just yet. The whole thing of Collins keeping hair and the like in jars seems like a witchy thing to do as well.

I also called the fact that Collins might have something going with Luke and Liv’s mother, though it might be more one-sided than I first suspected. I think he definitely cares about her, and she confirmed that they went to school together and that her husband didn’t approve of “the way he did business,” whatever that means. Collins also thanked her, though for what, I’m not sure (maybe attending Miranda’s funeral), and apologized for the cops harassing her at the funeral. Miranda, in turn, thinks he might have been the one that killed Luke and Liv’s pops. Collins certainly had lots of viable weaponry stashed away in his secret room.

Some funny moments here and there as well. I liked the bit about how Remy’s grandmother called her iPad a “maxi-pad” and Caleb’s assessment of Henry Rivers as being “two sandwiches short of a picnic.” Not to mention Tess’ confession that she once misspoke and called honey-roasted peanuts “honey-roasted penis.” LOL. I kind of like Tess in spite of myself, despite the tension between her and Liv and the unfortunate casualty that might be Luke’s relationship with Remy. So, she wants to be popular? Who didn’t in high school? When you think about it, though, her going for Luke isn’t exactly going to win her any cool points with the “in-crowd,” so there may be hope for her yet. Too bad she has this unfortunate habit of going after other people’s stuff. That’s not too cool, Tess.

So, as you might have heard, next week’s episode will be the last this year, as they’ve opted to hold off on the rest of the season so that the rest of the show’s season can run with the second half of “Pretty Little Liars.” As much as I hate having to wait until January for more episodes, that makes sense, and they’ve put off involving Hanna just as long as it’s feasible anyway. (She’ll be cropping up on the final episode next week.)

What do you think of “Ravenswood” thus far? Like the direction it’s headed in? Do you prefer it to “Pretty Little Liars” or do you prefer your mysteries of the non-supernatural variety? What do you think is going on here? What’s the deal with Henry? Or Collins, for that matter? Tess: love her or hate her? Sound off on this and more down below in the comments section and see you next week!