Moonlight: The Complete Series (2007/Warner DVD)
Picture: C+ Sound: C Extras: D Episodes: C-
They say the road to
hell is paved with good intentions, and a vampire noir show seems to have
nothing but good intentions. Then the
main character, a vampire private investigator with the unfortunate name Mick
St. John, starts providing stilted voiceover commentary with poor delivery and
even worse writing and well, welcome to hell.
Moonlight: The Complete Series aired for one season in 2007 and starred Alex
O’Loughlin (The Invisible, August Rush) as Mick and Sophia Myles (Underworld, Tristan + Isolde, Art School
Confidential) as Beth, the obligatory meddlesome reporter. Together they solve a variety of
vampire-related murders and boldly steal every neo-vampire stereotype from
Buffy to Anne Rice.
The picture and sound
quality are fairly good. At least
technically it has to be up to certain standards for its original airing on
CBS. The show is presented in 1.78:1
widescreen format with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The series consists of sixteen episodes
spread over four discs with no special features.
Overall, I have to
admit that Moonlight isn’t
terrible. It’s almost a guilty pleasure,
like Gossip Girl, but without the
rich teen drama, or drama of any kind, really.
The problem is that there are so many other shows and movies that do
what Mick St. John is trying so hard to do, and they do it much better. You’d probably be okay catching a few
episodes, but this is not a series that I would make an investment on.
- Matthew Carrick