Last night was the premier of Moonlight, about a private investigator who happens to be a 60+ yr old vampire.
I'm a long fan of the original Kolchak: The Night Stalker with Darrin McGavin. I don't believe there has been a show on TV for which I felt the same intrigue. I never watched Forever Knight and I'm not sure why since I'm a fan of vampire fantasy - when the vampires are anti-heroes or heroes.*
Alex O'Loughlin is the newest eye candy to be graced with fangs. I enjoyed his intensity.
I was a bit taken aback when they showed how he consumed his daily intake of liquid food. I didn't expect that.
Believe it or not, this has shadows of a book I read by Karen Wiesner, No Ordinary Love; about a man who saves a young girl only to fall in love with her and once she grew up, realized that the love had matured into a man/woman forever type love.
I see this happening here too because Mick St. John has done the same thing - saved a young girl from death.
I and probably every viewer last night saw hints of a love interest brewing between Mick and Beth Turner.
That is where the similarities end. The rest is all Moonlight and I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays out.
The secondary characters certainly have provided contrast especially Josef. I'm not sure if he's a genius, a Vampire with ADD or an aged vampire on the edge but he's got me curious as to how his character is going to evolve.
I can do without the cliche of the Vampiress bitch from hell that refuses to let her convert (Mick) go. I've seen that way too much in vampire romance novels. The conflict in this first episode also has been done before but there were a few twists that made it its own.
What I liked? The eyes weren't glowing red. Nice to see a different take on the eye change. The scene when he was running after the car that Beth was being kidnapped in was done quite well. At no time did I hear the theme music in my head for The Six Million Dollar Man. I don't believe there was anything campy on how that was handled. I could imagine my favorite Carpathians pushing past the pain of injury to get up and continue the fight to save an innocent.
I'll give this a go for about six episodes to see how everyone grows; the conflicts, the characters and the romance. I desperately hope that this does not fall into a boring vampire cliche.
I'd like to see a bit of freshness as much as a vampire needs fresh blood.
Please CBS, don't ruin the potential for a good thing.
Here's the CBS Promo:
Mick St. John is a captivating, charming and immortal private investigator from Los Angeles, who defies the traditional blood-sucking norms of his vampire tendencies by using his wit and powerful supernatural abilities to help the living.
In a life-altering twist of fate, Mick was "bitten" 60 years ago by his new bride, the seductive Coraline. Forever 30 years of age, Mick's as handsome and charismatic as the day he was "turned," and he eschews others of his kind who view humans only as a source of nourishment. With only a handful of like-minded confidantes for company, including the eternally young, wealthy and mischievous Josef, a hedge fund trader who relishes his uniqueness, Mick fills his infinite days protecting the living.
One night years ago, a single act of kindness changed Mick when he saved a young girl's life, making him want to be a better vampire. Now their paths cross again and Mick develops a distinctive bond with Beth Turner, who has grown into a beautiful, ambitious Internet investigative reporter. Reconnecting with her unleashes feelings Mick knows he can't pursue without exposing that part of him that would make him a monster in Beth's eyes. As Mick lives between two realities, fighting his adversaries among the undead and falling in love, he discovers the mysteries and pleasures that a valuable life has to offer.
See what I mean? Potential.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed, are you?