fantastic!Rating: 3 likes, 1 dislikes
The plot of this show doesn't have to be longer or more detailed (figured you read the plot already). just the thought of bringing these supernatural factors into one show, creates an atmosphere of mystery and curiosity. the pilot of this show aired February 2008, but it took almost a year before they started with a full season. I have not seen this pilot, but it is not needed either, as episode 1 starts with the beginning. in the first episode you get introduced with the characters, and get their back stories. you get a little flash of how Mitchell was 'sired' or 'turned' into a vampire, you see a flash of George getting slashed by a werewolf, and you see Annie walking through her own flat at her own memorial. the show is perfectly paces, and the individual stories of each episode has their own connection to the main plot. some episodes are about George and his 'time-of-the-month' problem, others are about Annie's problems of not being able to move on to whatever comes next after dying, but mostly, the show is about the vampires plotting and conjuring some sort of master plan. Mitchell, the vampire, is on 'the wagon', as he has stopped drinking humans. episodes balanced more over to his side of the storyline is more or less about him struggling with being clean, and doing what he believes is right. a lot of vampire cliche's are kept, other dismissed. same with the werewolf and the ghost theories, like for instance if a ghost can go through walls? can they be seen by people? do they sleep? is a werewolf able to control himself? does a vampire burn in the sun? all these myths we have been fed over the years of ghost tales, vampire vs. werewolf stories and movies, all of this and more is featuring in this show.
it all comes down to this: the show is dramatic, action filled, intense but not annoyingly so. there's blood and horror, but there's also this perfectly high dose of comedy and reality added to the show. what intrigues me the most is the courage and cowardliness of George, the werewolf. he's this kind person who cares for his friends. He is brave and knows how to take a stand, but he's rubbish with women. the characters are all formed through out the season, and the season finale leaves you with some questions, some mystery, but mostly satisfaction.
I usually decide to continue watching a show based upon the pilot or maybe the second episode, if I'm not completely sure after seeing the pilot. with this show, it took me 15 minutes of the first episode, and i was completely hooked. I know this show has gotten high ratings, and usually i disagree with the media and critics, but this time they are right. this might be the best British science fiction show I've ever seen, with exactly the correct amount of storyline versus character development. the special effects are not exaggerated, and they are not silly either. I have to say that the werewolf effects in this show is quite brilliantly accompanied with clever use of cameras, and the animation side is just enough to make you pull your legs up in the chair.
Review posted on Monday, March 2nd 2009 at 3:30 pm