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Dresden Files 1 Season 2007

TV series, based on the novels by Jim Butcher, about a wizard sleuth. Harry Dresden (Paul Blackthorne) is a detective who specialises in the paranormal. Bringing the occult up to date, Dresden advertises in the Chicago Yellow Pages, offers advice, and aims to solve problems with a spell or potion.

Starring:
Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz

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1. Birds of a Feather

A young boy wants to hire Harry because he believes that monsters are after him and his mom. Harry doesn't want to take the kid's money, but he also knows from his own experience that a child's monsters are often all too real.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 21 January 2007
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2. The Boone Identity

A grieving father asks Harry to help put his daughter's spirit to rest. This should be easy. All Dresden has to do is track down the killer and make sure that justice has been done. There's only one catch: the killer died only hours after the murder.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 40 minutes Release date: 28 January 2007
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3. Hair of the Dog

A series of ritualistic murders starts to look a lot like werewolves so Harry, of course, gets dragged in. Thing is, it looks like the lycanthropes aren't the killers... they're the victims.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 40 minutes Release date: 11 February 2007
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4. Rules of Engagement

A beautiful young woman asks Harry to help her recover some stolen money. Before long, Dresden discovers a connection between this case and a dark, supernatural evil, and that his lovely client has been hiding something.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 18 February 2007
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5. Bad Blood

After a failed hit on her life, Bianca, Chicago's most powerful vampire, calls upon Harry Dresden. In debt to her for saving his life years before, he agrees to help her find the mastermind behind the plan to take her down.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 25 February 2007
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6. Soul Beneficiary

An otherwise healthy man experiencing premonitions of his own demise seeks Harry's help but ends up croaking right in his office. As the dark circumstances surrounding his death are revealed, Harry finds himself in the crosshairs of a dangerous magic-user; meanwhile, the crime that got Bob condemned to living in his own skull for all eternity finally comes to light.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 4 March 2007
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7. Walls

Harry investigates the death of a college student which leads him to a most unusual ring of thieves. A group of students is using magic to commit a series of impossible thefts, and Harry must stop them quickly. Not only because what they are doing is wrong, but also because the magic will eventually kill them all.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 11 March 2007
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8. Storm Front

When the police hire Harry for help with investigating two particularly grisly and "weird" deaths, he finds himself the target of a user-of-the-Black fueled by tremendous hatred. Even worse, as Harry is the only non-Council wizard in Chicago powerful enough to have committed the crime, he immediately becomes the number one suspect for Ancient Mai and Morgan.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 18 February 2007
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9. The Other Dick

When Chicago PI Jim Brennan is murdered by supernatural means, Harry must team up with Brennan's assistant to find the murderer.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 25 March 2007
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10. What About Bob?

Things seem to be going well between Harry and his new flame until she walks out on him... and takes Bob's skull. Now Dresden must find Bob and rescue him from the clutches of an old enemy.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 1 April 2007
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11. Things That Go Bump

Morgan and Ancient Mai must come to Harry for protection and shelter from powerful enemies of Mai's. They make it to the relative safety of Dresden's place, but suddenly find that they are all trapped by a powerful spell. Now Harry must work with them to find a way out before the spell turns deadly.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 8 April 2007
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12. Second City

Dresden and Murphy must work together to solve the mystery of a former gang member who drowns on dry land, miles from the nearest lake. Meanwhile, Murphy's father is in town, and he doesn't have a very high opinion of his daughter's freelance consultant.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 15 April 2007
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Product Details

Genres Drama, Science Fiction, Crime
Director Michael Robison
Starring Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz
Supporting actors Terrence Mann
Season year 2007
Network Lionsgate
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
Imagine if Harry Potter grew up to be Philip Marlowe, and you'll have a pretty good idea of what "The Dresden Files" is like.

While it starts weakly -- and is rarely faithful to Jim Butcher's novels -- "The Dresden Files" manages to whip itself into a solid supernatural-mystery series, with a pretty good cast and some genuinely twisty-turny mysteries. And, of course, a snarky ghost living inside a skull.

Harry Dresden (Paul Blackthorne) is Chicago's only wizard-for-hire, with a tragic past, a hockey-stick staff, and a companion spirit named Bob who lives in a skull (Terrence Mann). He's also perpetually in bad with the wizard council, and moderately famous among the supernatural crowds lurking around Chicago.

As the series opens, Harry is approached by a young boy who claims he's being stalked by otherworldly forces -- and his mother confirms that he's been followed by blackbirds, crows and ravens ever since he was born. Even worse, a skinned body is found in a nearby apartment -- and the malevolent skinwalker who stole the woman's dermis may be after the boy as well.

Arguably the premiere is the weakest of the series, since there's little actual detecting going on. But things perk up in the following episodes. Harry tackles a hellspawn in love, a serial killer murdering werewolves, a bodysnatching murderer, a fertility clinic with a dark secret, a bunch of young thieves using deadly magic, and an attempt to frame Bianca, the sultry vampire club-owner.

Things get even worse when Harry is trapped with a bunch of hostile wizards inside a deadly cloud, which can only have been conjured by one of them. And when Bob is stolen, Harry finds himself confronting his cruel uncle Justin -- whom Harry "self-defensed to death" five years ago.
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With every fantasy series these days seeming to stretch itself over an unfeasibly long story arc, it's good to see a series which returns to the old formula of largely standalone episodes. Each of the episodes is thoroughly entertaining and by the end of the season, a nice cast of characters is assembled ready for a kicking second season which may or may not happen.

I haven't read the Butcher novels, but I gather liberties are taken with them. If sanctity of the canon is something that bothers you you'll need to be aware of that. But for the rest of us, this is excellent entertainment.
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This series is quite different from the Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher, which is great as it would rather introduce spoilers to those who love reading these books. So you get a series of twelve new stories made specially for TV. The themes are the same though: Magic, Spirits, Vampires, Werewolves, Ravens, etc.. For some reason the odd character's name has been changed as well, although fortunately Harry Dresden and sidekick Bob [Robeth] keep theirs. In general there's a bit more magic weaved by Harry in this TV series, for example he escapes handcuffs by magic on TV, whereas in the books he uses the tricks his stage magician dad taught him. Harry certainly has the 'gift' in both though, and he is the only Wizard listed in the Chicago telephone directory - his real magical powers come from his mothers side.

Harry's spirit helper Bob is more 'physical' in the TV series [i.e. you & Harry can see him], which makes him less creepy than the talking skull of the books. Many of the changes are for the better, and simply fit in with the visual requirements of film [the convenience of a live actor playing long dead Warlock Bob and the opportunity for special effects]. The cast are great, the storylines and special effects are pretty good, and the flashbacks to Harry as a young boy fill in Harry's background details. You don't need to know the books to follow the TV series, it's familiar ground to Buffy and Charmed fans, but with a Sam Spade Private Eye twist. Despite the handsome & sensitive male lead, the series still appears to be girl friendly [perhaps because of the handsome & sensitive male lead]. There's plenty of ladies in key roles as well, both as cop/love interest and demons.
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Like many others I read the books before seeing the tv series, now unlike many others I was very happy with what I saw, there was no way they would duplicate the whole of the depth of the written series so taking what they did and using it is fine with me.

I know that people complain about Bob having a body but I feel that it works really well on tv and helps to back up the books relationship between them.

I watched the series with my wife who has no interest at all in scifi sci fantasy and wouldnt look at lord of the rings or star wars if you paid her. However she really got in to this series and even dreamed about it after having watched it. So you can imagine how she felt when I told her that despite improving ratings it had been canned.

So next steps were to sign the petition to get it back and encourage more people to watch the series in the hope that the dvd sales will continue to show that there is an audience out there for the show to go on.

So finally if youre reading this tv exec's bring back the Dresden files please!
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