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4.0 out of 5 stars Sadly missed, 15 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Moonlight - Season 1 - Complete [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Given how vampires have taken over popular culture in the past year or so, most notably with True Blood and Twilight, its unfortunate that Moonlight arrived too early and, as a result, didn't receive the success (or the second season) it deserved.

The premise is simple: Mick St. John is a private detective in LA, whose 85 years old - but hasn't aged in over 50 years, having been turned into a vampire by his former wife on their wedding night. Rather than preying on people for blood, or following the lead of his close ally Josef by having a series of groupies happily being drunk from, Mick lives off supplies from the blood bank. Indeed, it seems LA is home to a vampire society that nobody has noticed, ranging from Mick and Josef, to Guillermo (the vamp at the morgue who supplies Mick's blood), to The Cleaner - and Mick's ex-wife, Coraline.

Outside of this secret society is Beth Turner, a Buzzwire journalist who meets with Mick when investigating a case in the first episode - and unaware that Mick saved her 22 years ago from Coraline. Of course, romance can't be too far away.

Unlike the aforementioned vampire shows/films, Moonlight doesn't dwell on half the cast being vampires, instead it just gets on with it - besides, being a vampire helps Mick as a private detective, given his vastly improved senses of sight and smell, as well as his ability to leap buildings, run at the speed of an Olympic sprinter for long distances without getting tired, or walk out of a scrap without taking any damage. There's also frequent vampire vs. vampire fights throughout the series.

There's real onscreen chemistry between Mick and Beth, and their relationship feels natural rather than forced as it grows throughout the series, but the show rests on the shoulders of Alex O'Loughlin and he plays Mick with the right degree of self-deprecation to make him feel like a very human vampire.

The only real criticism has to be the show never really got out of it's Vampire of the Week phase, with the Coraline story arc wrapping up within three episodes instead of being built upon, but on the other hand the vampires are all different and pose a different set of problems, be it one furious at being trapped in the body of a teenager, to one using vampire blood as a narcotic, or a serial killer trying once again to get the witness who sent them to Death Row. Mick's desire to become human once more, or the underlying notion that Beth may want Mick to turn her, also don't seem to be fully realised.

But it has to be said, Moonlight was a great show that sadly ended far too soon, especially when they seemed to be setting up an interesting storyline for season two. What might have been, eh?
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