DVD Review: MOONLIGHT: The complete series

Warner Home Video
Release date: Jan 20th, 2009
MSRP: $38.98

Stars: Alex O’Loughlin, Sophia Myles, Shannyn Sossamon, Jason Dohring

The popularity of Vampires seems to ebb and flow. In the mid 80s, Anne Rice had them a popular as ever. Joss Whedon brought them back in the late 90s with Buffy the Vampire slayer and Angel. Recently the Twilight novels have young ladies swooning all over again.

Moonlight features Mick St. John (Alex O’Loughlin), a private investigator that also happens to be a vampire. In the 21st century, vampires have adapted to modern life and integrated themselves into society. They strive to maintain the secrecy of their existence and co-exist with humans.

Of course there has to be a romantic angle: Mick is drawn to Beth (Sophia Myles), a reporter. Mick saved Beth many years earlier from being Vamped by his then-wife. Since then, he has kept an eye on her.

Moonlight, like many other fledgling shows, was a victim of the writer’s strike. Ideally a show should not have to make changes mid-season, they should have an entire season to see what works. Sadly that is a thing of the past. There are some changes that occur that feel a bit abrupt.

Moonlight had the potential to be something pretty damn good, but it never seems to find its rhythm. Too many of the stories are similar and lack the energy needed to draw casual fans. Moonlight is fun, and fans of vampires will likely enjoy the series, but I can’t help but think about what could have been done, instead of what was done.

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