Naturally, the Devil (John Glover) isn’t too happy about this one-sided confrontation, and suggests to Stone that perhaps he ought to be employing Hanstrubel Skaras to recover the escaped convicts, not the detective.
Brooks is great here, too, just as he is in Firefly’s “Objects in Space.” Brooks brilliantly portrays a loquacious, physically-intimidating villain, one who projects a cunning intelligence. “Slayer’s” opening scene in the diner is something of a masterpiece as Skaras talks and talks and talks, almost hypnotically. Watching this scene, I realized that Brooks could sell me anything. His delivery is mesmerizing, and I love the way he relishes each threat, each insinuation.
Much like Arnie’s Terminator, the Slayer here goes after the mother of one target, and then kills that matriarch so as to learn the target’s location. And, when saving one widow, Stone -- wearing a Kyle Reese-like trench coat --remarks: “Come with me if you want to live,” echoing Reese’s first words to Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton).
Also, a thousand years ago, this monstrous soldier, Skaras, could rely on his dark magic to deceive his opponents. But today, Stone has science on his side, so maybe it's a fair fight. It’s a great and involving dynamic, regardless. “Slayer” is such a fun episode because we get to measure Stone against Skaras, and consider who remains the greatest of all warriors. Not incidentally, we get to ponder the fact that both warriors ended up in the same place: Hell.