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322 out of 420 people found the following review useful:
don't listen to the naysayers, 9 October 2007
Author: KatharineFanatic from United States
Most of the complaints people have about this show are from embittered
Buffy fans. I love both of those shows, but the truth is that
"Moonlight" is more my style, kind of like how the 1979 version of
Dracula soothes my romantic senses much more than the version from the
mid nineties. If you like more "realism" in your vampire stories, you
will love "Moonlight." The main protagonist is Mick St. John, a vampire
who was turned by his bride on their wedding night in the mid 1900's.
Due to a change of heart and to the disappointment of his mentor Josef
(one of the series' best characters), he turns to crime-solving. Unlike
Angel, the demons he deals with are human rather than razor-clawed blue
monsters. In the background is Beth, a reporter who remembers Mick from
her childhood, when he saved her from the evil clutches of an old flame
(in more ways than one).
Every girl I know adores this show. I mentioned it once in passing and now all my friends are eagerly tuning in on Friday nights to watch what happens. We like the more natural pace of the programming, the lack of wrinkled prosthetics whenever the vampires pull their angry faces, the cute chemistry between the leads. True, some of the series' success comes from the novels by Stephanie Meyers about a "calm" breed of vampire, but hey, if those terrifying fangirls manage to keep "Moonlight" on air for a season (and if the tremendous ratings have anything to say about it, it'll be here awhile), I can deal with it.
The plots are not too predictable and the show likes to pull the rug out from under us with bringing on revelations much sooner than other series have in the past. But the honest truth is, for a vampire fan like me, this has given me a whole new excitement for autumn programming. Long live Moonlight!
312 out of 401 people found the following review useful:
Fabulous program don't believe all of the critics, 21 October 2007
Author: BevHuth from USA
I know Moonlight has not gotten rave reviews, has been likened to so
many other vampire stories but, it truly is different.
Mick St. John is a new breed of vampire with new rules, new ways of meeting his needs and, a new outlook on being a vampire. He sometimes jokes about being a vamp, admits even tomato juice makes him think of blood.
He loves Beth very much but, he knows that relationships with humans are difficult at best and, is forever concerned that she may, someday, see him as a monster which he cannot bear the thought of.
Not your typical vampire do gooder, he does try to be the good guy but doesn't hesitate to be the predator and, kill if he feels it's warranted.
Classic film noir style with flashbacks to the past and voice-overs in a modern Los Angeles, Ca setting. Wonderfully portrayed, beautifully wardrobed and the ideal actors for each role. Moonlight has hot babes, seductive hunks, even if he doesn't try to be one, and great storytelling.
Love it, love it, love it.
225 out of 320 people found the following review useful:
Why Moonlight is good!, 14 October 2007
Author: SkidMcCormick from United States
First of all, if you're expecting Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel, then forget it. This is something like Forever Knight, but what makes this CBS series a standout, is the way it's shot and the fact there isn't a hellmouth in sight. Very beautiful cinematography and the way nighttime L.A. is captured is in keeping with the whole vampire mythos (fast forwarding to create an eerie atmosphere,etc). I've noticed a few comments being made that the stories are cheesy. Really? Were you expecting Mills & Boon? There are twinges of humour, but you need to look out for it.If you had bad actors, then yeah, that would be the case. But Alex O'Loughlin (who was so good in the last season of The Shield)makes a really convincing vamp PI with morals. He kinda reminds me a slimmer version of Gerard Butler's Dracula 2000 movie and is naturally broody without trying. It's also good to see the gorgeous Brit, Sophia Myles (aka Keira Knightley's more voluptuous, better actress friend) get a decent role where she does a very good American accent. Brian J. White, Kevin Weismen & Jason Dohring also deserve mentioning as they bring more meat to the table. Let's hope their roles develop and as Joel Silver is producing this, we can hope this will be commissioned for a second season - because it is that good & CBS is known for its quality output - (Hey, if Shark can be renewed...?)
216 out of 322 people found the following review useful:
Better Than Expected, 28 September 2007
Author: swusterb from United States
Okay, I've seen the promos pretty much all summer long. Our family is a
Big Brother family and they touted this series continually. Honestly, I
really figured I'd give it a miss. However, tonight I watched "Ghost
Whisperer" with my wife, then she left the room and I was about to
change the channel when two of my kids asked me not to change it
because they wanted to watch it. Being a concerned parent, I stayed and
Some of the plot points were easy to pick out, but I can say that about 85% of shows on television. What did keep me interested, however, was the lead character. He had a lot more depth than was portrayed in the promos. There were some neat complexities to him that I found intriguing. I also liked how they presented the reporter girl and the relationship established with the vampire. In fact, while plot was a bit been there, done that (again 85% of television), this show works well in the characterization.
I also felt things worked well in the last quarter of the show. The effects shots of the vampire's abilities were done well. I was comfortable throughout with my kids watching, which I'm happy about because I hope to turn them on to H.P. Lovecraft within the next few years. MY twelve year old son and I both agreed that this is a show we will definitely make the attempt to watch (however, we live in West Texas, I teach school, and the show is on Fridays...gotta warm up the VCR and buy some new tapes).
In summary: the show caught me off guard in a pleasant way. I take it for granted that you cannot do a vampire show without touching on ground already walked on, but the characterization in this show will keep me watching.
123 out of 148 people found the following review useful:
Why are good shows dying and stupid shows living., 19 May 2008
Author: dlc478 from United States
What is wrong with Moonlight? It is clear there is a following. What is that not good enough? Does it have to be so obscene that I'm embarrassed to show my kids like Family Guy? Does it have to be outrageously stupid like sucking up demon in a vacuum cleaner like Reaper does? I mean what does it have to do? Can't say the strike killed it when crap like Reaper comes back. Moonlight is to me and probably everyone else the greatest show to premier this year and for you to pull the plug is stupid and as all these fans are letting you know a big mistake. So do us a favor let the people with their obscene sense of humor who live shows like Family Guy and Reaper have their show and let us have ours.
79 out of 86 people found the following review useful:
Sorry to see this show go., 20 May 2008
Author: chrisdpol-orders2 from United States
This show had an odd premise, but was quite a bit of fun to watch. The
plots were a little thin, but the love triangle running through the
show made it interesting. The triangle is Mick, Beth and the problem of
Mick's being a vampire.
I predict that you will see a lot more of Alex O'Louglin. This is the most interesting man to hit any screen in a long time. The camera loves him.
He has just the right amount of sex appeal and sympathetic demeanor.
I am really sorry to see the show go. I think it should be given another chance. It is more fun to watch than a lot of shows that are clones of each other namely the numerous Laws and Orders and CSIs.
110 out of 174 people found the following review useful:
Decent, stylish, but VERY Familiar, 1 October 2007
Author: xindi005 from United States
I just caught the new supernatural series premiere of CBS's new show,
MOONLIGHT. To be honest, I liked the first episode, but after seeing
countless shows of this natural, it seems to repetitive.
Now don't get me wrong, MOONLIGHT isn't a bad show. It's compelling, stylish and has characters that are very interesting. I have to say I have finally found a show to replace the void left by STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE and STARGATE: SG1 and a show that isn't another CSI copycat. Even though the show is somewhat cool, it seems way to familiar to some of it's predecessors--Remember a show called FOREVER KNIGHT, or a more recent one ANGEL? In fact the first episode is a blending of some of the previously mentioned series' episodes. And the vamp-does-good thing is a bit old.
Well, the show may some its flaws, but it is a welcome addition to a night that is getting more boring and repetitive by the hour.
80 out of 132 people found the following review useful:
A very sweet show despite the small clichés., 28 September 2007
Author: purple_wolf13 from United States
With the t.v and movie genre getting bogged down with all of the new vampire flicks I thought "Oh great not another thrown together show that'll be canceled after the third episode." But after watching it, I was proved wrong. With me being a big fan of all and anything vampiric, I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, there are a few clichés here and there but I really enjoyed the first episode with the reference to the vampire cult case in Florida. Also, I absolutely loved the music from Evanesence. I'd say the only negative thing about this show is that the story line isn't that fresh. A P.I. and a reporter....it reminds me of Blood Ties on Lifetime. Maybe if the storyline was fresh more people would enjoy it. Though I did absolutely love the fact that they used the woman who played Isolde from Tristan and Isolde. I'm really excited about the future episodes. What can I say, I'm once again hooked.
91 out of 157 people found the following review useful:
I tried, 9 October 2007
Author: SiegeofVader from United States
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I tried to give this show a chance, keeping an open mind as I watched
the first two episodes. But it was a sore disappointment. Here are my
complaints: Firstly, the premise has been done to death. A vampire,
opting to be a good guy, becomes a private investigator in Los Angeles.
This plot rings a little reminiscent, doesn't it? The most recent
example of this plot used is in the TV series Angel, which followed a
vampire with a soul (a good vampire) as he becomes a private
investigator in Los Angeles.
My second complaint is, this show doesn't embrace the hundreds of years of vampiric folklore spanning across different countries and cultures. I may be the only one who came to this conclusion, but I thought the creators of the show tried to become different from the likes of Angel so as to not be confused for them. So vampires, for instance, are allowed to be in sunlight, though it irritates them, which I suppose is why whenever the lead character is out during the day he wears sunglasses. A stake through the heart will not kill vampires, but will perhaps stun them for a few minutes, allowing their killer enough time to use one of the two apparent methods that would actually kill vampires: beheading them or using fire.
The writers of "Moonlight" also pass up opportunities to intermingle their stories with the supernatural element, which I suppose is another way to steer clear of being confused with Angel. In the first episode, the villain was some college kid belonging to a cult, who decided to mimic vampiric killings on young women in the LA area by using some knife. The second episode involved an old foe the lead character, Mick St. John, had sent to prison twenty years before, finally gaining his freedom. But an immortal with enhanced abilities up against two humans seem anticlimactic.
...And then they add the story of Mick St. John falling for a reporter who, it turns out, he had rescued in the 1980's when she was kidnapped (by his own ex-wife).
"Moonlight" tries so hard to be different while reusing the same old plot devices that it seems rather noticeable. I am not going to say whether or not you should give this show a chance or avoid it completely. But I think I'm not gonna give up on it right away...if the writing and story lines improve as the show and those involve become more comfortable in their positions, I can overlook Moonlight's faults.
97 out of 171 people found the following review useful:
Another detective, just as dumb, 8 October 2007
Author: David Reed from Colorado
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
It seems that each detective show out there has some little quirk to
it. The detective has OCD, they're a soccer mom, etc. But they all seem
to be stone, cold stupid. "Moonlight", unfortunately, also falls into
this category. Mick St. John (Alex O'Loughlin) is a vampire, but having
been made immortal and, by the looks of his apartment, rich, he's not
any brighter after being around for 90 years (60 as a vampire).
He tells us that becoming a vampire has heightened his sense of smell and sight and hearing, evidently not his analytical skills.
Don't move around even though you might run into someone who might notice that you haven't aged. You can't count on everyone to have gone blind like your detective friend.
And when going to have your revenge on a recent ex-con, do so at his book signing, in a bathroom with only one exit, and don't even lock the door behind you.
And when you get home, wounded, and desperately in need of blood, don't shut the door behind you even though you've just been involved in a shooting and someone (like, say, the police) might want to ask you a few questions. Have a security camera at the door, sure, but don't actually shut the door.
These are just a few examples where, while watching, I slapped my forehead and thought, "Again, the networks think we're all idiots so they make the heroes idiots, too." Granted, this might be true for some, but I don't like to be pandered to and have my intelligence insulted.
As for spoilers, I don't think I've provided any. Then again, the silly little music video at the end of Episode 1 provided enough spoilers for the whole season. He'll bite Beth, she'll work with him, they'll be in love, blah blah blah blah. For my money, Josef (Jason Dohring) is the more interesting character but, like the rest, probably won't survive beyond the six episodes completed.
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