My revenge has just begun! I spread it over centuries and time is on my side.”
– Bram Stoker, Chapter 23, Dracula
“Out of the Past” begins with Mick and Josef watching Buzzwire coverage of a convicted murderer, Lee Jay Spalding, being paroled from prison after 25 years. The man was in prison for the murder of a woman who, back in 1983, had hired Mick to protect her – and he had failed to do so.
At the time, Mick was prepared to take revenge for the woman’s murder and caught up with Lee Jay on an empty street. Mick revealed himself to be a vampire and beat Lee Jay severely. However, before Mick could kill Lee Jay as he planned, the police appeared. Mick was forced to retreat, leaving Lee Jay alive.
While in prison, Lee Jay made friends with a reporter named Julia Stephens who wrote a book asserting his innocence. Her book contains a picture of Mick St. John taken in the 1950s, and alleges that Mick contaminated evidence in order to frame Lee Jay. This of course is not true. In fact, much of the incriminating information Mick had gathered during his private investigations was inadmissable in court.
Julia and Beth meet to discuss Lee Jay’s “human interest” story for a Buzzwire piece. During their conversation, Julia shows Beth the picture of Mick in her book and she’s shocked by the resemblance. When Beth confronts Mick with the picture, he lies and says it is a picture of his father.
At the party celebrating the release of Julia’s book about Lee Jay, he and Mick have a confrontation in the men’s room which ends poorly for Mick. Beth again confronts Mick, this time about the incident in the restroom. He maintains he is innocent but she is clearly skeptical. Mick practically begs her to trust him that Lee Jay is dangerous.
Lee Jay continues to play mind games with Mick, making him desperate. Mick eventually turns to Beth and her boyfriend, Assistant District Attorney Josh Lindsay, for help. Lee Jay continues to up the ante, throwing Julia, Mick, Beth and Josh into a tailspin which resolves with unexpected results and revelations.
So — what do you think? “Out of the Past” is, in my mind, an incredibly crucial episode in this series, advancing the overall plot arc as quickly as it does. While many series would have spent multiple episodes or even seasons keeping secrets or extending mysteries, Moonlight appeared to be the type of show that would present a question, answer it quickly & then move on to the next mystery or question — all very satisfactiorially for the audience who wasn’t ever left hanging or confused by too many plot lines. Just another thing to regret/rage about Moonlight being cancelled before its time!
Today’s Special: The JK Nine! Nine Moments from this episode that I liked! Enjoy!
1. Josef is the true original, everyone else is a pale imitation!
Mick & Josef are watching Beth interview Julia online.
Josef: Is that your friend? The blonde? I’d like to meet her someday. (He licks blood off his hand in a lascivious manner.)
Mick: …(slightly panicked, open-mouthed glare at Josef) …
Josef: What? Just sayin!
2. Mick turning the vampire “glamour” on Lee Jay back in ’83. Very Beast. Makes me wonder why Lee Jay & his buddies are so confident about “goin’ huntin’.” I’m sorry, but the more I learn about vampires, the less I want to try and take one out. Just sayin!!.
3. Josh! such a great & caring boyfriend who plays a crucial role in the episode. A good guy from Day One. Love him hard.
4. Mick’s picture from 1950. Just in case you were forgetting that no matter how smexy or emo he is, he is also: Your Grandfather.
5. Mick: Mizz Maaaanners doesn’t cover that? LOL. Mick may be Josef’s straight man, but Beth is definitely Mick’s.
6. & 7. Why would you just sit on the stairs & play with your lighter? So emo! But who cares — it means a flashback & we get more 1980s Mick! Love the blue/grey camera filter on these ’80s flashbacks.
8. & 9. When Mick bites Lee Jay, it’s obviusly painful & distressing. When Mick bites “Red” she seems to be enjoying it. Aside from being beaten with a crowbar beforehand, what’s the difference? Just intent? Not being big into the genre past a few early seasons of “Buffy” back in the day, Vampire stuff is seriously mysterious to me!