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Moonlight -- An early look

by Richard Keller, posted Sep 26th 2007 11:05AM

The Cast of CBS' Angel . . . I mean Moonlight!

Okay, here are the similarities between Mick St. John, the vampire private detective of the new CBS drama Moonlight, and Angel, the vampire private detective of Angel: both are vampires (which I said already), both live in Los Angeles, both need blood to survive, both drive classic convertibles (which, being unable to use during the day, boggles my mind), both have long coats that flap in the wind while they stand on rooftops, and they are both fighting for the innocent person.

Here are the differences: the show that Angel was in was so much better than the show that Mick St. John is in. That, and Mick sleeps in a freezer instead of a bed.

When we all heard that the Tiffany Network was picking up a series about a vampire private detective who lives in Los Angeles what was the first thing we thought of? Of course, Angel rip-off (or, at least, Forever Knight rip-off). Honestly, I wish Moonlight took some of that show's elements, because it would have made itself a more watchable program. But, it went out in a direction all its own and the results were not good for the first episode of the series. Granted, it wasn't a cringe-inducing program that made me want to crawl under the couch and hide for all eternity, but it just left enough of an uneasy feeling at the back of my head throughout the entire airing that I couldn't wait for it to be over.

Before I rant any further let me talk a bit about the show. Moonlight, which premieres Friday, September 28th, at 9:00 pm, stars Alex O'Louglin (from the last season of The Shield) as the aforementioned Mick St. John. Mick is a fairly young vampire, being bitten about 60 years ago by his new bride Coraline (think Darla to Angel). However, unlike his other vampire friends, like hedge fund trader Josef, Mick doesn't think of humans as only a source of nourishment. He has actually foregone his vampire tendencies and decided to help humans rather than drink off of them.

In the episode I viewed a series of vampire-style murders is plaguing the streets of Los Angeles (which is better than a series of gang-related murders, I guess). Mick puts it upon himself to find who is behind this. Along the way he meets up with an Internet reporter, Beth Turner (Sophia Myles), who he had saved years ago from the clutches of his ex-wife. Together, they investigate the murders to determine if they are of a supernatural force or not.

Let me begin with Myles. She is not a good fit for this role. Maybe it's the fact that she's trying to hide her British accent that's causing this ill-fit (hey, not everyone can be a Hugh Laurie). Or, since the role was originally written for someone else, she just wasn't feeling the love of the character. Either way, she didn't convince me of a gung-ho Web reporter who was willing to get to the bottom of the story.

Now Alex. The press release I was given with my screener said that Mick St. John uses 'his wit and powerful supernatural abilities to help the living.' First off, I didn't hear a lot of that wit. I heard that wit from Josef and another vampire friend Guillermo (Jacob Vargas) but very little of it from St. John. If anything I heard the low monotone that seems to be standard for all good-natured vampires to have (the not-so-good ones, like Spike, seem to be a bit more brash).

As for 'powerful supernatural abilities' . . . well, they talked about vampires a lot, and St. John's senses were shown to be enhanced once or twice, but I didn't see any of the really powerful abilities until the last five minutes of the show. That's the only time I really saw Mick turn into a vampire and exhibit super-speed and strength. I guess the producers only had money for those five minutes of effects.

And, let's talk about the producers. Besides Ron Koslow (Beauty and the Beast, the TV series) and Trevor Munson (Moonlight is the first show he has produced), the executive producer of this show is Joel Silver. You may have heard of Mr. Silver as he was the producer of The Matrix Trilogy as well as fan-favorite television show Veronica Mars. The smartness and wit that was trademark of VM is definitely not in evidence in the first episode of Moonlight.

Look, even though I thought the first episode of Moonlight wasn't very good, I'm not going to give up on this program. I want to wait a few episodes to see if they can get the kinks out. It has potential to be a good series and I want to see if it can reach that potential. Otherwise, it will be another series lost to the cancellation netherverse.

Is Moonlight a show you're excited to see?
Yes, I am definitely looking forward to this new series. It sounds good207 (43.3%)
Maybe. I'll watch and episode or two to see what happens208 (43.5%)
No. This isn't really something and I'm going to enjoy63 (13.2%)

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Cindy

I love the show. Each episode seems to build the excitement of what will come next. Gives a new reason for T.G.I.F. Hope it's around for many seasons.

October 15 2007 at 5:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
clgbutterfly

Well I'm sorry folks I just saw the first 15 minutes and I'm hooked. It's got a promising style and this lovely Vampire world that is casually living among us. Plus some of the cool Vamp stuff is very sexy.
Pilot needs work, but its very promising. Plus I like that he can walk a bit in the day or atleast look at it. Kind of nice and different. Best part, the intro!

Honestly as a Sci-Fi and Vamp TV Fan this looks like it has sticking power. Don't compare folk, just enjoy.

September 28 2007 at 9:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
clgbutterfly

Well I'm sorry folks I just saw the first 15 minutes and I'm hooked. It's got a promising style and this lovely Vampire world that is casually living among us. Plus some of the cool Vamp stuff is very sexy.
Pilot needs work, but its very promising. Plus I like that he can walk a bit in the day or atleast look at it. Kind of nice and different. Best part, the intro!

Honestly as a Sci-Fi and Vamp TV Fan this looks like it has sticking power. Don't compare folk, just enjoy.

September 28 2007 at 9:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Julie

Wow, this show sucks ass!

September 28 2007 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
keithnl

What no mention of "Blood Ties" Im shocked, how can you call Moonlight a Forever Knight knock off when it doesn't even take place in Toronto, where as "Blood Ties" does :)

Blood Ties airs on Lifetime
http://www.lifetimetv.com/shows/bloodties/

The premiere of Moonlight is tonight and Im gonna to check it out.

September 28 2007 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Justin

What kind of irresponsible reviewer are you to not mention Dohring (at least commenters know he's in the show) and, in my opinion the biggest reason to watch, Shannyn Sossamon?

I wrote up a bit about the show, and her, with some nice pics if anyone wants to know more.

http://www.allmyliesarewishes.com/20070922/shannynn-sossamon-actress-vampire-sire/

Shannyn's great and it'll be good to see her on a show. I hope Moonlight is successful, just for more of her each week.

September 26 2007 at 8:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Spadada

I'll be watching, but only for Jason Dohring. And if it is that painful I will start fast forwarding through everyone else's scenes.

September 26 2007 at 7:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristen

I wouldn't expect any less predictable a review from Tvsquad.com. And that's too bad.

September 26 2007 at 4:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
radwimp

You can just tell this show is going to bomb, lol.

September 26 2007 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KMF

I was a fan of Forever Knight, it was really cheesy at times, okay most times, and that was part of the fun. Call me crazy but didn't that show's pilot have a series of 'vampire' like murders in it too? It's been years since I'd seen it so I can't remember but it sounds vaguely familiar. Maybe vampire like murders are just tv a vampire staple.

I've never seen Angel, couldn't get the channel it was on so I can't say anything about that.

I'll give this one a few viewings, if it strikes my fancy I'll keep watching until it's cancelled.

September 26 2007 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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