… When it comes to grand-scale theft, it's hard to be more obvious than CBS' vampire-detective drama, Moonlight. It's basically Angel without the search-for-a-soul underpinnings that gave Angel depth, and with a more ponderous script and less adept cast. OK, so maybe it isn't Angel after all. …The New York Times says:
… the producers are onto a conceit that seems purely accidental. Vampires with a conscience are like cheerleaders in habits: what precisely is the point? … “Moonlight” demands that we question the grounds for its existence. …The Los Angeles Times says:
… It seemed a perfect marriage, a modern "Night Stalker," appealing both to fans of "Buffy" and of "CSI." But something got lost between concept and execution, and instead of suspense we get silliness, as if the creators (Ron Koslow, Trevor Munson, Chip Johannessen) were determined to use only the clichés of both genres. …The Chicago Tribune says:
… a very terrible show. Actually, "Moonlight" is almost in the "so bad it's good" category. There are any number of nearly entertainingly bad things to pick apart, if you enjoy that sort of thing. The direction is flat-out awful (there are many choppy shots from bizarre, if not inexplicable, angles). Much of the dialogue is groan-inducing, the acting by some of the guest actors is jaw-droppingly wooden, and I guessed who the villain was way before the halfway mark. …The Washington Post says:
… The most disappointing thing about this sanguinary pretty boy is that show creators Trevor Munson and Ron Koslow decided to make him a private eye. Oh, jeez, another one? And that means yet more murders and the solving thereof on what's clearly become the Criminal Broadcasting System, all crime all the time. When the narration changes from vampirical studies ("when you live forever, the past always catches up with you") to private-eye cliches ("a murderer was loose in the city"), one's heart may sink. The producers appear eager to avoid what makes their show unique. … It doesn't go quite far enough into uncharted territory but gets off to a basically promising start nonetheless, and executive producer Joel Silver (of "Lethal Weapon" and "Die Hard" fame) has seen to it that the show has a classy, snazzy surface. …The San Francisco Chronicle says:
… just flat-out awful … may well be the worst new fall show. … It's just heinous. Absurd, laughable, painful to watch - you name it, "Moonlight" has it all. Woeful acting? Check. Cheap effects? Check. Worst writing of the new season? Check. Predictability? Pretensions? Faint imitations of superior shows? Someone at CBS shouldn't just have their neck bitten, but sliced through, for this one. …The Seattle Post-Intelligencer says:
… an example of evil rendered poorly. It's another one of those way-out shows CBS is hoping will make viewers sit up and take notice. This vampire detective show (sorry, can't resist this) is one that first bites, then sucks. Hard.…The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:
… displays none of the depth of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" nor the romance of Lifetime's Canadian import "Blood Ties." Instead, "Moonlight" is just a weak, generic private-eye drama with a vampire story overlay; it's "Angel" with much less creativity and more familiar, conventional plots. …The Boston Globe says:
… As Mick St. John, vampire gumshoe, O'Loughlin is a flatliner. He sleepwalks through "Moonlight," … Much of "Moonlight" is amateurish, but nothing is more amateurish than the artificial chemistry between O'Loughlin and Myles, who looks like Kate Winslet. They exchange lines of dialogue with a stilted rhythm and no natural flow. Not that the script offers much to inspire an actor. The procedural case in tonight's episode is dashed off and obvious, as the pair investigate a professor obsessed with vampire mythology. …The Hollywood Reporter says:
… gives short shrift to crime solving. In the two episodes provided for review, criminals are barely more than one-dimensional comic book villains. Instead, the focus is on the dangerous and forbidden relationship between Mick and Beth and his efforts to keep his past a secret. Whether there's enough material there to knit together a series remains to be seen. …Variety says:
… the series makes scant use of its undead hero's abilities, while burdening him with a clunky Raymond Chandler-style narration … in the early going, he's more Mannix than Lestat, and other than a physical resemblance to Kate Winslet, Myles' damsel is a poor construct, owing both to the character's cliched nature and a rather uninspired performance. … does little more than serve up another moldy procedural with a splash of crimson, one which might finally prove that the easiest way to kill a vampire is with apathy.9 p.m. Friday. CBS.
Sept. 28, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST
by Abin Sur
Then Herc will be talking about MOONLIGHT: SEASON TWO - The Comic Book.
Sept. 28, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST
by Abin Sur
EW.COM has reported that Jessica Biel PASSED on the Wonder Woman role - maybe some of Herc's Buffy babes are back in the running?
Sept. 28, 2007, 1:30 p.m. CST
I was going to pass on this until I heard that Sophia Myles was featured in it. I tell ya, David Tennant is one lucky, lucky Time Lord...
Sept. 28, 2007, 1:40 p.m. CST
by Queen Liffey
... is singled out as the best part of the show in several of these otherwise very negative reviews. I'll be tuning it to get my Logan fix.
Sept. 28, 2007, 1:47 p.m. CST
and then be gone
Sept. 28, 2007, 1:52 p.m. CST
by Kid Z
"That's the trouble with Hollywood... Too many goddamn vampire detectives!"
Sept. 28, 2007, 2:05 p.m. CST
Sept. 28, 2007, 2:17 p.m. CST
Bwah hah hah hah. F this Angel wanna-be. Who is going to watch this?
Sept. 28, 2007, 2:32 p.m. CST
by Internet Thug
zombies are the new hottness
Sept. 28, 2007, 2:39 p.m. CST
This show looks like the counter part to New Amsterdam. Just like Reaper and Chuck. Big Shots and Dirty Sexy Money.
Sept. 28, 2007, 2:53 p.m. CST
Fox has decided to hold it, perhaps for midseason. Maybe they'll pull a "Drive" on it. This show just angers me more that the WB cancelled Angel just as it was hitting it best stride. I don't know maybe it was so good because Whedon & Co. knew it was their swansong.
Sept. 28, 2007, 2:58 p.m. CST
by Mullah Omar
...before they cancel it and use the timeslot for something else. They may dump the remaining episodes later. Get ready for the single-DVD "Moonlight: The Complete Series."
Sept. 28, 2007, 3:01 p.m. CST
by C00L DUD3
I really just don't get it!? At least I FINALLY get to check this out for myself, tonight!!! Looking forward to O'Loughlin's return after The Sheild, as well...
Sept. 28, 2007, 3:08 p.m. CST
by Neo Zeed
Maybe he had some spare pilot scripts in the trunk of his car. Worth a shot.
Sept. 28, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST
Seriously. Forever Knight--Nick had a convertible (in Toronto!), and a "sun allergy" (gotta love that), and Angel drove yet another convertible. This character, who sounds like he isn't even Andrew-worthy (and Faith wouldv'e staked within three minutes of meeting him), *also* has to have a convertible? And fall in love with yet another fake blonde? Puh-leeze. Why didn't they just pick up Drive from Fox? They did it with JAG...
Sept. 28, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST
I just wish he was doing something I was interested in. There's no way this show will be as good as Angel, so I don't see the point in checking it out really. Getting into new shows is so hard these days with about 80 percent of what's out there getting cancelled.
Sept. 28, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST
I hope she's as curvy.
Sept. 28, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST
The one were the Police ex-choper pilot has gone blind and is slowy dying from MS. Then her ever faithfull seeing eye dog is attacked by a low level vampire the ones that feed on animales. well any way he turnes the dog into a vampire dog, who can fly and attacks and feeds off muggers and low lifes. The hero vampire cop has to destroy the dog, but the mutt breaks away and attacks his blind owner. Not to kill her but to turn her into a vampire. knight rushes into the room to see that she now can see and is cured of her MS and her patting the dog on the head and telling him, "Good dogie!" i think her fangs were growing too. Last scene the two of them are standing alone as the sun is setting , then they take off and fly away. The Moral= a dodg may be man's best friend. But a vampire mutt is a dying blind woman's best friend of all!
Sept. 28, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST
C'mon people, this is CBS we're talking about here. Think about it, Ghost Whisperer starts it's THIRD season tonight. The same people who watch that tripe are gonna love this piece of shit. No, sadly, this thing will still be on the air long after Chuck & Journeyman are distant memories.
Sept. 28, 2007, 4:18 p.m. CST
Before they retooled the show and completely recast (except for the lead?). By all accounts that first pilot that the press saw was awful, which is why they changed it. But I'm definitely interested in seeing Jason Dohring as a vampire. That may be the only reason I watch.
Sept. 28, 2007, 4:51 p.m. CST
They're all the same show, right?
Sept. 28, 2007, 4:51 p.m. CST
by The Biomind
They raelly do!
Sept. 28, 2007, 5:06 p.m. CST
Dohring and Myles weren't in the old pilot.
Sept. 28, 2007, 5:08 p.m. CST
by C.K. Lamoo
Sounds funnier than the Angel "Seseme Street" episode.
Sept. 28, 2007, 5:51 p.m. CST
Does anyone watch this anymore? sheesh. I liked it better when it was JUST about an SNL-esque show trying to find its audience. First anti-war propoganda, a pregnant Amanda Pete and now someone's a friggin Vampire? shit. <BR><BR> in other news, I really wish i was reading this page over Joss Whedon's shoulder right now. I'll bet he's giggling like a little man-child! And I mean that with all due respect Joss. One man-child to another...
Sept. 28, 2007, 6:15 p.m. CST
Yep I watch AND enjoy it.
Sept. 28, 2007, 6:16 p.m. CST
Nick didn't drive the Caddy because it was a convertible, Sangwyn. He drove it because it had the most trunk space of any car ever made. Made it easier when he got caught away from home at sunrise.
Sept. 28, 2007, 6:18 p.m. CST
and i'm a huge vampire story fan. simply based on the rip status of this show. which was angel, which was forever night... angel will never be topped.
Sept. 28, 2007, 6:19 p.m. CST
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097969/ <p>"Forever Knight" Nick Knight (1989) <p>etective Nick Knight is investigating a series of murders in which the bodies are found drained of blood - but the most recent one doesn't fit the pattern. Instead it involves the cure that Nick has been searching for for decades, so that he himself can face the light of day. Later remade as the first two episodes of Forever Knight.
Sept. 28, 2007, 6:22 p.m. CST
Does anyone else?
Sept. 28, 2007, 6:38 p.m. CST
just to see how bad it is. and i will be taking names.
Sept. 28, 2007, 7:34 p.m. CST
Screams Nick Knight (Forever Knight)
Sept. 28, 2007, 7:56 p.m. CST
NICK GOTTA EAT!
Sept. 28, 2007, 7:57 p.m. CST
Sept. 28, 2007, 8:07 p.m. CST
Liars! What a let-down.
Sept. 28, 2007, 9:10 p.m. CST
Still I think this has potential. This show has way more in common with "Forever Knight" than "Angel" Forverver Knight never fully lived up to its. (Maybe during the last season but that was 12 years ago) Also find it interesting that people are ready to write things off based on the pilot give it 4 - 6 eps. I seem to recall no one giving Ghost Whisperer much hope and it just started season 3
Sept. 28, 2007, 9:12 p.m. CST
(Referring to the Ron Perlman/Linda Hamilton series that, coincidentally, ran on CBS Friday nights...)
Sept. 28, 2007, 9:32 p.m. CST
by Charlie Murphy
disliked the two female leads, but liked the two male leads. i really like jason dohring, and was surprised at how much i didn't hate alex o'loughlin. didn't care for the "mystery" they were trying to solve, but did like the new vampire rules. i know there'll probably be vampire purists who will say "but vampires die if they're staked!" or "vampires can't go into the sun!" but i think the show's new rules are kinda cool. overall, a just okay pilot that i think could have some potential. i'll give it a few more hours.
Sept. 28, 2007, 9:45 p.m. CST
Fridays at 9 after they cancel this piece of shit by mid-October.
Sept. 28, 2007, 9:54 p.m. CST
The phrase copied in the Subject line can be used in just about any review for TV this season. (The first episode of "Life" was good.) <p> The reason that these shows seem amateurish is that they are made by 19-year-old hustlers who suck more than the shows.
Sept. 28, 2007, 11:27 p.m. CST
MOONLIGHT isn't going to crack the internet in half, but it wasn't as bad as most of the reviews would lead you to believe. Sophia Myles is as hot as ever and I can't believe no one mentioned that Marshall J. Flinkman from ALIAS is the resident "tech guy." <p>The wife really liked it, though, so I think CBS has found itself a nice companion series for GHOST WHISPERER. If nothing else, at least it's something you can watch after flipping over from DOCTOR WHO on Sci Fi...</p>
Sept. 28, 2007, 11:50 p.m. CST
1) I didn't realize the main character's name was Mick, not Nick, until I saw a commercial for it later in the night, pretty much sums up how much I cared about the character. 2) Seems to have more in common with CSI than with previous TV shows about vampires which I liked much better. 3) I not only knew the murderer right when I saw him, my 13 year old daughter figured it out pretty quickly after I did. I think CBS could very easily keep this shit on way past its expiration date, but I won't be tuning in.
Sept. 29, 2007, 1:22 a.m. CST
by rock-me Amodeo
the show was making him sick.
Sept. 29, 2007, 1:25 a.m. CST
by Queen Liffey
...but Jason Dohring will make me tune in next week. He truly was a breath of fresh air in this rather dull show. I miss Veronica Mars :(
Sept. 29, 2007, 2:52 a.m. CST
by The Selecter
with production, I'm willing to overlook a bad pilot, 'cause the cast might be worth watching if they're given something to work with. But the pilot was really was kind of sucky.<br><br>But I think the real problem will be that this show will probably just follow the CBS drama formula -- dull and rote procedurals with any sharpness or edge rounded right off so that it can remain palatable to the old folks who watch the network. Just like with Jericho, a show that started with what could be a neat premise, dumbed down, sanitized, and made innocuous.
Sept. 29, 2007, 3:37 a.m. CST
Forget that O'Laughlin has no personality, forget that Myles has a terrible American accent and that Sossamon is as idiotic as ever - whatever possessed Jason Dohring to take a job on this hot mess? The Scientologists are letting him down in a big way - surely they could have come up with a better gig than this. He's such a great actor and presence, and even he can't save this piece of dreck. Get a new agent, Jason!
Sept. 29, 2007, 8:18 a.m. CST
jeez, this one will be lucky to last a full season. not horrible, but not what I was hoping for..
Sept. 29, 2007, 9:03 a.m. CST
SAME. GODDAMN. SHOW.
Sept. 29, 2007, 1:13 p.m. CST
although I laughed aloud at the "new kind of hero" plug. It's not. But this has a lot more in common with a few of the paranormal romance novels of the last few years. I"m almost positive one of them had the vamp made by his wife. The visuals remind me a lot of Forever Knight with a budget. And the guy who plays St. John has a lot of charisma. I wished I had took the time to chat with him a Comicon, but I did get to spend time with Sophia, and she's a real sweet heart. Rudolph Martin is so NOT aging well. What the heck happened to him?
Sept. 29, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST
by Charlie Murphy
it premiered to numbers as good as ghost whisperer.
Sept. 29, 2007, 3:15 p.m. CST
The show is far more "Forever Knight" (or "Nick Night") than "Angel". In fact, "Torchwood" is closer to "Angel" than this. Sophia Myles was great. The child actress that played her character in the flashback looked a lot like the child actress who did the same thing for Myles in the Doctor Who episode "The Girl in the Fireplace" from last year. Don't be sour grapes over this show, Herc.
Sept. 29, 2007, 3:17 p.m. CST
Or is this series casting former guest stars from "The Shield"?
Sept. 29, 2007, 3:30 p.m. CST
"Life" bored me. And here I thought "Journeyman" was going to be the let-down of the season, not counting Kevin McKidd, of course. In retrospect, I'm getting a "Highlander" vibe off "Moonlight". If the series survives, I wonder if they'll cast David Tennant in a guest role.
Sept. 29, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST
I thought that she was Elizabeth Rohm there for a moment. This show is so going to be done in about 3 weeks. Then we can buy the 13 episoodes they shot on DVD.
Sept. 29, 2007, 4:15 p.m. CST
by Uncle Stan
...Werewolves battling robots, now that will save any show,goddamnit!!
Sept. 29, 2007, 5:02 p.m. CST
I'm sorry, but the dude is a real charisma vacumn. (He couldn't pull it off on the Shield either ... so I don't know who cast him?!) And the female "lead"? Her dialog was so ridiculous (composing story headlines out loud to herself at a crime scene?!) C'mon! This show makes Joss Whedon look and David Boreanz look like major, major talents.
Sept. 29, 2007, 5:14 p.m. CST
by Mr Walter
Whedon set the bar to high when it come's to these type of shows.
Sept. 29, 2007, 6 p.m. CST
Wow. The acting was bad, the writing was bad, everyone acted and spoke in cliches, WAY too much is explained through forced dialogue and the rest of the dialogue felt like it was forcing the plot forward. Oh, and yes, the villain in the first ep WAS obvious the second he came on screen. The show would have been WAY better if they made it more like the commercials and the opining...with a cocky, vampire know it all. Instead they tease it and try to rip off Angel by having the brooding loner.
Sept. 29, 2007, 8:17 p.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
about Angel just being a cheap rip-off of Nick @ Knight overlooks one thing: they were both stolen from Marvel's Hannibal king, Private Detective (One of the supporting characters from the Tomb Of Dracula series that also spawned Blade.)
Sept. 29, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST
I don't know an easier meduim to work in if this is what they choose to put on a primetime network line-up... Apparently what passes for a great idea in television is what they cal plagerism is the real world... I have never seen Forever Knight, but the plot, look, characters, and entire premise is such a rip from Angel that I can't believe it wasn't laughed out of the board room... Well I guess its a comfort to know that if a great show like Angel can't make it on this premise, this show won't last long...last time I checked CBS wasn't exactly pulling in young viewers who would be the audience I guess... horrible TC
Sept. 30, 2007, 12:19 a.m. CST
Seriously, based on the TV shows lately, I feel like saying, (and you've gotta imagine this in a creaky old-folks voice) "Back in my day, sonny, we had real vampire detective television! Forever Knight, Angel... now they were *real* vampires! Not those pale pointy-toothed imitations you see now-a-days. And we had to walk five miles just to see them, uphill, both ways, barefoot through the snow..." <BR> Cynical, I know, (especially at the tender age of 35) but after walking in from work about halfway through tonight's ML repeat, I find myself wondering why today's shows just can't live up to my fond memories of yesterday. <BR>Even starting about halfway in to the pilot, I was up to speed and predicting major plot points in moments. The story was negligible at best, same-old same-old stuff that I feel like I've seen a thousand times before. The lead was OK, I guess, but kind of bland for this type of show's "designated hunk". Sossamon makes a decent Faux-Drusilla, from what little I saw. <BR> Will it last? No clue. I far preferred the nuanced, intricately-plotted, under-appreciated gem that was Angel, or even the semi-original-at-the-time Forever Night, in Rick Springfield or Geraint Wyn-Davies flavor. I certainly don't feel like making Moonlight my must-see TV. (But then, the shows I like tank and stuff I can't stand hits. *shrugs*) I'll take six weeks in the dead pool, and raise you this-- if it does happen to go eight weeks, we'll get the inevitable return of Faux-Dru. Yeah, I know, she was trapped in a burning building, but no-one's ever truly dead in cliche-ridden hack-jobs like this. The only reason I can think of to watch this: it's fun to heckle. Though it would have to improve about a hundred-fold to deserve the comment "it sucks."
Sept. 30, 2007, 6:06 a.m. CST
by Boondock Devil
That was a helluva lot better than this awful piece of shite. <p> P.S. Jason Dohring, get your ass off this show and either reteam with Bell on Heroes or sign up with Lost. Hell, better yet, bust up Shia's kneecaps and get in on the lead for Y the Last Man. Just get off this carwreck of a show!
Sept. 30, 2007, 8:09 a.m. CST
by Carl's hat
Yeah, I hated the idea, anyone who ever loved the original or Darren McGavin, felt sick at the prospect of a young Kolchak and his assistants..but you know what?, the show was actually good. Gabrielle Union was just plain yum-cha and the show was perhaps the most beautifully shot I've ever seen. Can we get that one back?
Sept. 30, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST
by Charlie Murphy
dohring would be the best Yorick EVER. fuck shia, jason dohring would own... i can't believe i never noticed before.
Sept. 30, 2007, 11:16 a.m. CST
by Danger Vole
I decided to be open minded because Jason Dohring was on the show. I watched (forced myself to finish)episode 1. Bland-- teetering on homely cast. Worst pacing and dialog ever. Suck ass plot.
Sept. 30, 2007, 5:20 p.m. CST
He left the Shield for THIS? I guess when you get offered a lead in a new show you take it no matter how awful the script is. Seriously, the sun doesn't kill them?? WTF?? Just another excuse so they can film day AND night. Lame. <p> Joss, Faith, NOW!
Sept. 30, 2007, 6:31 p.m. CST
by SID 8.0
Watched it, probably won't watch anymore episodes. Should do an American version of Ultraviolet now that would be worth watching.
Sept. 30, 2007, 6:48 p.m. CST
Sure, it wasn't the original, but that was a good show that the old-school fans and the network itself did not give a shot. I'd love to have it on Blu-ray, especially since it was shot on HD. And "What's the Frequency, Kolchak?" was a damn good episode that never even aired. Since Disney/Buena Vista has yet to release it on Blu-ray, check it out on DVD in the meantime.
Sept. 30, 2007, 6:49 p.m. CST
That would be one way to improve the show...give the vampire community some really dirty motivations, like in the original series "Ultraviolet" and not the suckfest film of a similar name.
Oct. 1, 2007, midnight CST
With all the comparisons to Veronica being madelets not forget that one.
Oct. 1, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST
This show will do well with Ghost Whisperer. Journeyman on the other hand is doomed. And for you Angel fans--David Boreanaz looks so happy on Bones. His career survived being typecasted. Face it folks--Joss Whedon is a hack. I for one welcome a vampire show where they don't have crinkle brows and know kung fu. Besides--if we really want to see a bad show about the undead-we can watch any of the Law and Order shows.
Oct. 1, 2007, 8:35 a.m. CST
CBS' vampire drama Moonlight won the ratings battle among adults for its Sept. 28 debut, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Oct. 1, 2007, 5:05 p.m. CST
Wasn't that the name of the werewolf show that had no werewolves on it? At least no interesting werewolves anyway.Now comes a vampire show that breaks all the rules and features a non- interesting vampire.So every week Lois gets in trouble and Supervamp rescues her. I don't think the problem is completely the actors although I don't know why they can't let them keep their own accents.When was it uncool to be British in America apart from 200 + years ago?
April 27, 2008, 9:51 p.m. CST
Let me start off by Saying, I like Buffy, I like Angel, and Moonlight is nothing like either show. So far it's lasted 13 episodes, and has 3 more left of it's current season. With 8 million + watching each episode, it's very possible that the series might be renewed for a second season. People should give this show a chance, and if you like the few episodes you can stream from CBS's site let em know.