TV & Video Review: Moonlight (Complete Series) (DVD)

TV & Video Review: Moonlight (Complete Series) (DVD)

If people with superhuman abilities become crime fighters, it should be no surprise that Moonlight is about a vampire who is also a private investigator preying on the city’s scum. Mick St. John (Alex O’Loughlin) lives in Los Angeles with a few hundred other vampires. He’s only been a bloodsucker for a little over 50 […]

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If people with superhuman abilities become crime fighters, it should be no surprise that Moonlight is about a vampire who is also a private investigator preying on the city’s scum.

Mick St. John (Alex O’Loughlin) lives in Los Angeles with a few hundred other vampires. He’s only been a bloodsucker for a little over 50 years, but having been turned against his will, he despises the monster within. However, he uses his knowledge and abilities to detect and solve cases that are beyond the understanding of police. While working a case, Mick saves Beth Turner (Sophia Myles), an online reporter struggling to gain credibility. As it becomes apparent they have more than friendly feelings towards each other, each must decide if the risk is worthwhile.

Of course this plot has played across our screens before. The Canadian equivalent was Forever Knight (1989-1996), about a vampire cop. The more popular and engaging point of reference is the Buffy-spinoff, Angel (1999-2004). However, although both are about vampire P.I.s, Moonlight operates under the assumption vampires are the only monsters roaming the Earth.

The characters are somewhat bland; Mick in particular lacks the charisma to carry a show. His friend Josef (Jason Dohring), on the other hand, is witty and charming. It would appear producers also took notice of his allure as his screen time increased as the series progressed.

Unfortunately, as is true for most series that do not make it past the first season, the story is incomplete and concludes in somewhat of a cliff-hanger that will never be resolved.

There were no DVD bonus features to review.


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  • Had to comment about your review……did you actually watch the entire series? I take extreme exception to your comment that Mick (Alex O’Loughlin) lacks the charisma to carry a show…….. I truly do not understand this statement. The entire SHOW was about Mick and his relationship with Beth and Josef and other vamps. The show was snatched from us mainly because of behind the scenes production problems……viewership was there, the fanbase was there, the # were decent, really VERY good for a genre show on a network that didn’t promote genre shows. The best thing that came out of Moonlight is the introduction of ALEX O’LOUGHLIN to the mainstream US audiences. CBS thought enough of him to sign him to a one year contract and we’re still hoping he will soon return to the TV where he belongs! January is turning out to be a banner month for Alex and Moonlight fans………DVDs released 01-20-09 and the series premiers on Sci-Fi Friday nite 01-23-09 at 9pm!

  • Mick being discribed as bland has got to be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read! Alex O’Loughlin oooozes with CHARM, CHARISMA and SEX APPEAL, not to mention he is an extremely talented actor. He carried this entire show and is the reason millions tuned in every week. His chemistry with the cast was off the charts and although I am sad that CBS cancelled this awsome show they at least had the good sense to keep Alex…

  • I am amazed at this: “The characters are somewhat bland; Mick in particular lacks the charisma to carry a show.” WHAT?! Alex O’Loughlin caught my attention in the ad for the premiere in the TV Guide – with just a picture – and from the moment I saw him on screen in the first episode of Moonlight, I was mesmerized. Moonlight has the best cast ensemble I have ever seen, and yes, Jason Dohring is fantastic too – but Alex O’Louhglin is brilliant. Mick St. John is one of the most interesting and charismatic characters I have ever seen and in the vampire genre he is the BEST.
    Having said that, Moonlight is the best show I have ever seen on TV, so of course I love the DVD. There is something for everyone in Moonlight – romance, drama, suspense, and I love the intelligent and witty humor – much of which is between Mick and Josef. This is a story and a DVD to love – buy it – for yourself and your friends and family – you will be glad that you did.

  • Firstly, of course l watch the DVDs and movies I review. Otherwise it would not be an informed evaluation in which I felt confident. In this instance, it is evident I watched the whole series in my comments regarding Josef’s screen time and the incomplete story arc.

    That said, despite your outpourings of devotion, I stand by my original review – there have been numerous other vampires to grace the small screen that were much more engaging and charming (a few of which I mentioned already).

    We at Popjournalism appreciate and welcome any and all feedback.

  • I have just caught view of this somewhat brief but enchanting series once they viewed it on sci-fi as a re-run. and i have to say that Moonlight was the show i was searching for. I have a difficult time believing that the only dark characters worth mentioning from tv series is Forever Knight (terribly old and boring), Buffy, and Angel (which wore out their welcome years ago!). I found moonlight to be a well established series that brought back classic nuances with a fresh, contemporary perspective. Having said that, moonlight didn’t get the chance to be seen by its true fans who didn’t even know it was on because of CBS.

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