TV & Video Review: ‘Blood Ties: Season One’

TV & Video Review: ‘Blood Ties: Season One’

Last season, vampires were all the rage. I blame Twilight. Gladly, and somewhat surprisingly, romantic action series Blood Ties rose above the mire. Vicki Nelson (Christina Cox) used to be a cop but to avoid being trapped behind a desk due to a deteriorating eye disease, she’s become a private investigator. Her ex-partner Mike Celluci […]

Last season, vampires were all the rage. I blame Twilight. Gladly, and somewhat surprisingly, romantic action series Blood Ties rose above the mire.

Vicki Nelson (Christina Cox) used to be a cop but to avoid being trapped behind a desk due to a deteriorating eye disease, she’s become a private investigator. Her ex-partner Mike Celluci (Dylan Neal) is still her contact on the inside but their personal relationship is complicated. In the first episode, a missing person’s case connects Vicki with Henry Fitzroy (Kyle Schmid), a 500-year-old vampire. From that day forward, Vicki is submersed in the world of the supernatural and Henry is her guide. The same case also supplies Vicki with an occult-obsessed secretary (Gina Holden).

Vicki is reminiscent of another P.I. named Victoria a.k.a. V.I. Warshawski. She’s tough and hard-headed, which often leads to stupid decisions that put her in danger. Somewhat puzzling is these characteristics are at odds with her easy acceptance of vampires, demons and magic.

One of the more amusing elements of the show is the war of jealousy between Mike and Henry; it’s evolution to schoolboy shoving in the sixth episode is very entertaining. Nonetheless, Mike’s character represents the skeptic and his role in the series is usually unnecessary, repetitive and irritating. Later on a betrayal makes him even less useful. Conversely, Henry is mysterious, sexy and usually vital to solving the case. But not to be mistaken, Vicki is the protagonist and the guys’ attempts at being the white knight are almost always futile.

The storylines are not hugely inventive. Villains they face-off against include an impregnating demon, a windigo, various zombies, the not-so-mythical Medusa and a body jumper. The effects are adequate for a television series without looking shoddy. On the other hand, the dialogue is often weak and predictable.

The special feature is a 24-minute Space channel behind-the-scenes look at the show that reveals little as actors describe their characters who you have just watched for 13 episodes.