A year ago when we left “The Lair” (that private gay sex club on some tropical island) the town’s sheriff (Colton Ford); caretaker of the club (Brian Nolan) and journalist (David Moretti) were left to die. It didn’t help much when the manager (Dylan Vox) vanished into thin air.
Coming back for a second season “The Lair” doesn’t live up to it’s full potential.
Picking up almost immediately following the shootings, the continuity isn’t there. Colin (Vox) is being interviewed by new character Deputy Miller (Bryan Pisano) and sports a new haircut, while Sheriff Trout lies wounded at the hospital. (When we last saw Ford he was much beefier and sported a thick goatee. After a year he’s lost much of the beefiness and has a thinner goatee).
Then there’s Thom (Moretti) who became vamp food for lover Jonathan (now played by Ethan Reynolds) and manages to make it home, take a shower and look amazingly as if he’d never been bitten. Thom’s house has also had an extreme makeover in a few short hours as the foyer sports a new color and furniture.
But enough of the problems I have with the continuity. It’s the story I’m reviewing.
For season two, head sucker Damian (Peter Stickles) uses his power to enter Thom’s mind once more and convince him to come back to the Lair to rescue him from behind the sealed wall where Colin put him in season one.
As you’ll recall, Damian has the hots for Thom since the two were semi lovers two centuries ago (I have to go back to the continuity again since Stickles’ chest was shaved or waxed in season one and this season has a little fur growing). Thom makes it back to the club and while there meets up with the ghost of Frankie (Nolan) who explains why it’s important to free Damian.
This season more characters are introduced including the arrival of Ian (Matty Ferraro) who’s being hunted by Matt (Ted Monte) while hiding a deadly secret. Drifter Ian meets up with Riley (Brandon Ruckdashel) and the two share an intimate motel night before Ian takes Riley’s truck and some cash.
Two other characters who follow “The Little Shop of Horrors” storyline are Matthew King (Jake) and Johnny Hazzard (Tim). This storyline is so absurd as Jake becomes “possessed” by a rare plant and spends most of his time in his laboratory staring at it. One of the problems here is it seems they’ve obviously dubbed King’s voice in post production and is really annoying.
The only female of the cast, Beverly Lynne, starts this season in the pokey after murdering her boyfriend (Evan Stone) last season. Her character is lessened considerably this season as a way of booting her off the island.
In its freshman season, this show had the potential to really knock us out (especially with the season ender) but there’s nothing to really get excited about. The characters are pretty flat and just go about what’s scripted. In itself, the writing is pretty stale.
I would have liked to have seen more of a storyline between Ian and Sheriff Trout. Here’s a young scarred boy who happens upon the temporarily blind sheriff (ok, can someone tell me how getting shot in the chest and side can cause blindness?). The chemistry between the two is genuine and both F’s play off each other as well.
While season one offered some nudity, Ferraro is the only one who goes completely nude. Don’t expect a lot of full frontal as in the first season and Ford does offer a scene without his shirt on. Kudos to him for not going into the waxing or shaving of his chest.
The season’s end is very disappointing and I’m sure the third season will shift gears based on the ending and writer Fred Olen Ray should seriously look for a way to get this show on the right track.