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So. I watched Moonlight. *sigh*

Alas, it isn't just that CBS had one of these fifteen years ago, when it was actually pretty innovative. Or that they then proceeded to screw it royally. Or even that, sadly, that one, for all its cheese, still looks fresher than this one.

No, it's just that much of a wet dishrag all on its own, no ghosts of shows past required. I really try to resist the cynical theory that throwing money at any idea is the most foolproof way to bland it into oblivion, but this evidence is not helping.

I think the worst part is that I think I could actually like both lead characters if I found them in a better story.

No, wait, the worst part was opening the pilot with a bullet-point exposition dump defining their mythos. *facepalm*

At one point a character observes that vampires are back in style. Too bad for them, because we have the luxury of choice. Buh-bye.

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shadowmaat
Sep. 30th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
I watched it, too; there was nothing better on and I figured it'd at least be good for a laugh. I was wrong. I posted a review on Gateworld, but basically it was all garbage except for the unexpected appearance of Kevin Weisman, whom I love. :)

And I stick by my feeling that something called Moonlight should be about werewolves.

So when does the Sookie Stackhouse series start?
wiliqueen
Sep. 30th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
And I stick by my feeling that something called Moonlight should be about werewolves.

Good point. Mind you, the title is one of a zillion things they changed -- wasn't it originally Twilight? -- thus adding to the impression that they only made it weaker with the tweaking.

So when does the Sookie Stackhouse series start?

I've read, but can't remember. November, maybe? We jettisoned HBO after Rome was done.
amilyn
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
Such a fun post to read. I love when your sensibilities are adequately offended to warrant this kind of word choice and succinct destruction.

I saw someone else commenting that David shouldn't look after finding a new girlfriend, as Sophia is likely to be back SOON. ...Someone else said that it is at least neat to hear that she gives good American and suggested she go on the short list of Brits who can pull off American without sounding like they're just...slightly ill or something.

Thanks for the giggle.
wiliqueen
Sep. 30th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
I saw someone else commenting that David shouldn't look after finding a new girlfriend, as Sophia is likely to be back SOON

*snerk* Safe bet. Mind you, that would also be the case if it were good.

Someone else said that it is at least neat to hear that she gives good American and suggested she go on the short list of Brits who can pull off American without sounding like they're just...slightly ill or something.

I think that was Nea. And she's right -- it's not perfect by any means, but it doesn't sound forced, which is more important.

I actually did rather like her, and the guy isn't bad (better in action than in the stills I've seen). One thing they have going for them is that he's only 90, which gives them quite a different perspective from the usual. Too bad they gave me no reason to trust them to do anything interesting with it.
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wiliqueen
Sep. 30th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I wasn't holding out a lot of hope for this one.

I wasn't either, but I would have been quite happy to be pleasantly suprised. *sigh*

Network television makes these things, expecting to play to the sci-fi/fantasy/gothy crowds, and then is amazed when we aren't fawning all over it. Maybe they need to realize that the occasional fluff is all well and good,

They need to realize what everyone else on the planet has: If you focus on the trappings, you're DOA. If you make a solid drama with solid characters who happen to have to deal with those trappings as a fact of their world, you're golden. It's really not that difficult a concept, and yet. *shrug*

As for Skiffy, if they actually want to be taken seriously, they're stupider than they look. Actions speak louder than PR. They have no interest in it whatsoever.
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wiliqueen
Sep. 30th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
I don't think I'd seen Jason Dohring before (never watched VM, and yes, I've had the pitch and it's on the list) -- he's Joseph, yes? Who is mightily annoying. When Mick said "I'm your only friend who doesn't just like you for your money," all I could think was "Which proves you have terrible taste in friends."
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(Anonymous)
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
Le sigh. Well, we knew nothing good could come from this remake premiere.
sure_i_am
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
Sorry about that. Logged now. 8]
wiliqueen
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
I always live in hope of the pleasant surprise. Occasionally I even get it. This time, not so much. :-/
studiesinlight
Oct. 1st, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
>"No, wait, the worst part was opening the pilot with a bullet-point exposition dump defining their mythos. *facepalm*"

That was the worst part of this one episode, definately. But I suspect the worst part of the series universe is a superbeing with no kryptonite -- these vampires can go out in the sun, control their hungers, handle religious symbols, even survive staking. Talk about "low-stakes vampires" as a hallmark of bad paranormal fanfic and wimpy paranormal romance fiction!

But ... I was all set to toss it, until the final line. The final line pushed a button. Now I have to tune in again next week, just in case that one isolated line is the real thing and the rest of the premiere is a very embarrassing fluke.
wiliqueen
Oct. 1st, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
But ... I was all set to toss it, until the final line.

I don't even remember what it was, alas. :-}
cheekygal
Oct. 2nd, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
I must be very odd, then, because I enjoyed it. Maybe it helps that I didn't have high expectations, but was just looking for fluffy entertainment. ;)
wiliqueen
Oct. 3rd, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
Glad it was entertaining for somebody. :-)
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