On Moonlight

I was flipping through channels the other day, trying to find the NBC station here in Baltimore — and for what it’s worth, I still have no idea what that is — when I caught a commercial. And it was Sophia Myles in the commercial!

Sophia Myles!

Doing American television!

I put my Google-Fu powers together, and discovered that she had a television show on CBS called Moonlight. Which I made a note to remember to tune in and see. Which debuted tonight. Just finished a few minutes ago, actually.

The premise? A vampire private investigator in Los Angeles. A spunky reporter for a web news portal. And a really obvious — and cliched — relationship between the two of them. There was a murder, and it revolved around a possible vampire cult at the local community college. I’m not going to write much more than that, because that would just be a waste of words. Seriously. A waste of words.

I will say that Sophia Myles looked fabulous, as she always does, and she has a fantastic voice coach as her American accent was utterly convincing. I do think, however, that between this, Underworld, and the recent BBC Dracula that she could stand to broaden her genre wings a little more. 😉

I couldn’t tell you anything about the vampire, except that the actor looked a lot like Russell Crowe. The acting was not especially memorable. The direction was either too kinetic or too laconic — it had a bipolar thing going.

There wasn’t any hook. Seriously. What was I watching this for? What would keep someone tuned in? I wasn’t as bored by it as I was by Bionic Woman‘s premiere, but that’s not saying much.

Television producers, listen up. Hook your fucking audience. Hook them, hook them, hook them. If you don’t hook your audience, they won’t come back. Hook your fucking audience.

Sorry, what was I saying?

Moonlight. Not good. If there’s nothing else to watch, maybe it’s acceptible. Maybe.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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