Angel wannabe show of a vampire detective helping the living begins tonight.
In a scenario with echoes of the WB’s ANGEL, Alex O’Loughlin plays Mick St. John, a Los Angeles detective who also happens to be a 60-year-old creature of the night. He longs for pretty tabloid reporter Beth Turner (Sophia Myles, whose credits include UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION and last year’s BBC DRACULA, and took over from the presentation’s Shannon Lucio) while getting chastised by his much older undead buddy Josef (VERONICA MARS’ Jason Dohring, who supplanted THE FOG’s Rade Serbedzija). Josef feels Alex should be spending less time helping humankind and more protecting the secrecy of their nocturnal subculture. And Shannyn (THE ORDER) Sossamon replaced Amber Valletta as femme fatale Coraline, who “sired” Mick in the first place. “What we’re trying to do is a vampire show for the 21st century,” Stanton says. “We’re trying to keep it grounded and real—and make it a little more fun and sexy. We have a bigger love-story component than some other similar series that have been out there.”
The big question for Fangorians, however, is how horrific MOONLIGHT will become—and the producers feel that there will be enough bloodshed to keep die-hard fright fans satisfied. “Look, he’s a vampire, he needs blood to survive,” Werksman notes. “He has fangs and super-abilities in terms of strength, speed, hearing, sight and smell, and when he goes up against other vampires, you really see these people being supernaturally cool. To that end, we have a great stunt department and coordinators who are doing amazing things—almost Errol Flynn-like battles between, for example, two vampires in a stairwell, with these guys pummeling each other and biting.”
Of course, when you’re beholden to a major network like CBS, you ultimately want the best of both worlds in terms of viewership, and Stanton and Werksman believe they have delivered the goods. “What we’re doing is making a show that horror fans will get behind, but if you’re not a horror fan, you won’t be scared away by it,” Stanton says.
Here’s what USA Today wrote: ‘Moonlight robs the graves of better shows’:
If you must steal, at least make good use of what you take.
When it comes to grand-scale theft, it’s hard to be more obvious than CBS’ vampire-detective drama, Moonlight. It’s basically Angel without the search-for-a-soul underpinnings that gave Angel depth, and with a more ponderous script and less adept cast.
OK, so maybe it isn’t Angel after all.
Mick is trying to solve a murder; what is the show trying to do? Where tonight’s premiere verges on the comic, the second episode — written by Angel’s David Greenwalt — moves the show in a darker direction. But Greenwalt has since left, so what tone comes next?
Whoever is running Moonlight needs to learn to pay more attention to real-life details. Tonight’s episode asks us to believe that a string of murders could take place without the police interfering with any of the very obvious suspects. The second posits a supposedly well-regarded reporter who writes a book about a convict without looking into his past or speaking to his arresting officer.
Why does it matter? If we don’t buy the “real-life” aspects of a fantasy, we’ll never buy the fantasy itself. That’s one of the crucial lessons ingrained in Angel.
Next time you visit the scene of the crime, steal that as well.
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