10.11.2007

Moonlight

One of the new shows that I’m starting to watch is “Moonlight”, basically a tale of a vampire that is a detective that has morals. He had to “kill” his vampire wife years back to save a young girl, who is now a reporter. I heavily suspect that the vampire wife will resurface. It’s not so much because her death flashback wasn’t really conclusive, but more that CBS has her pictured on their Moonlight page as one of the main characters. Nice tell.

Instead of reworking the CBS writers’ pitch department’s prose, let’s just examine their interpretation of Moonlight from their about page:
    Mick St. John is a captivating, charming and immortal private investigator from Los Angeles, who defies the traditional blood-sucking norms of his vampire tendencies by using his wit and powerful supernatural abilities to help the living.
Stop right there. I’ve seen two episodes of the show, and I think that they should be embarrassed to accuse Mick of having wit. Within the space of 84 minutes of television, he has all but screamed “I’m a vampire” through his mistakes; this from a being who is actively trying to keep his nature a secret.

Let’s tick off the list of blunders so far: Attempting to kill a criminal with fangs but failing and thus reveal himself to the criminal, check. Do a video interview on the internet and become a city-wide celebrity, check. Rescue drugged female foil and be seen getting stabbed and then when she awakens at HIS place hours later be STILL WEARING THE SAME BLOODSTAINED SHIRT WITH A HOLE IN IT, check. Visit old blind cop buddy who thinks he has aged like him, then give female reporter case file allowing her to track the buddy down and wonder why he thinks he’s that old, check. Should I be this offended they used the word “wit”? This irritation feels justified, like a well-simmered pot of football fan anger.

Let’s continue with the CBS description:
    In a life-altering twist of fate, Mick was "bitten" 60 years ago by his new bride, the seductive Coraline. Forever 30 years of age, Mick's as handsome and charismatic as the day he was "turned," and he eschews others of his kind who view humans only as a source of nourishment.
Still haven’t seen Coraline (well, really haven’t seen her since “First Knight”, but I digress). I could harp on the “charismatic” thing again, but there’s a bigger gaffe here with the choice of “eschew”. Either the writers don’t know what the word means (to abstain or keep away from; shun), or they haven’t seen the show. Mick’s BEST FRIEND Josef is exactly one of those vampires. Mick’s contact at the morgue is one of those vampires. In fact, I haven’t seen a vampire he hasn’t cosied up to yet. Instead of “eschew” a more accurate phrase would be “pouts in front of”. Continuing:
    With only a handful of like-minded confidantes for company, including the eternally young, wealthy and mischievous Josef, a hedge fund trader who relishes his uniqueness, Mick fills his infinite days protecting the living.
Josef is a realist (for a vampire) and fun, and so far has demonstrated a much greater decision-making prowess than our hero. I’m not sure who is the foil for whom at this point.
    One night years ago, a single act of kindness changed Mick when he saved a young girl's life, making him want to be a better vampire. Now their paths cross again and Mick develops a distinctive bond with Beth Turner, who has grown into a beautiful, ambitious Internet investigative reporter.
Sophia Myles, who played a supporting role (vampire) in Underworld. Can’t escape the genre, I guess. All you need to know is that she is very, very pretty.
    Reconnecting with her unleashes feelings Mick knows he can't pursue without exposing that part of him that would make him a monster in Beth's eyes. As Mick lives between two realities, fighting his adversaries among the undead and falling in love, he discovers the mysteries and pleasures that a valuable life has to offer.
See, I was watching the show and Markman asked me “why can’t he be in a relationship”, and I was dumbfounded to answer. The best I can come up with is that he needs some extra mopeyness. I can just see the production meeting where an executive says, “We need to ‘Angel’ him about 25%”. So they dress him in a dark overcoat (check), make him mopey (check), longing for a mortal girl (check) who he can’t be with (check) because… well is that really important? We’ll figure that one out later!

Anyway, with that premise, I can’t wait to get to this week’s episode, can you? I was going to describe it in detail, but the most important thing you need to know is that Beth (reporter hot chick) finds out that Mick is a vampire at the end. You see, Mick has been rehearsing how to tell her (mentally saying “I’m a vampire. Doesn’t sound good no matter how you say it,” at one point – there’s that trademark wit again!) but can’t quite tell her because he doesn’t want her to see him as a “monster”. He likes to use that word a lot, but I really haven’t seen much of it, unless you mean a well-dressed stalking dimwit who has in the space of two episodes managed to get shiv’d in the chest twice by two regular humans head on. Oh THAT monster!

So, Beth finally remembers him from her childhood (replete with memories of his vampire battle with his wife), and figures out he doesn’t age, and sees him saving another potential victim from a convicted felon by getting shot several times with a shotgun, and later happens upon him in his home where he is drinking blood out of a IV bag and drooling the red stuff. So what does she say? Yep. “What are you?” THIS IS AN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST WHO MIGHT HAVE SEEN A VAMPIRE MOVIE, OR READ A BOOK. Did I mention she is VERY pretty. Clearly the line was meant to give him a chance to say “I’m a vampire,” but the writers really don’t need to sacrifice her brains so eagerly.

Favorite “huh” moment before that: Beth walks out of the warehouse after Mick had rescued the victim and she shot the felon in the face (nice!). She walks by a cop detective who is interviewing the victim, “So, Mick St. John shot Lee Jay?” Beth comes up to him and says, “No, I did,” then, dazed, walks off. Meanwhile the cop is yelling at her, “Hey! Wait! Come back!” and then gives up after she keeps walking. WELL SHIT I TRIED! WHAT ELSE CAN I DO??

At this point, this show is becoming my guilty pleasure because it is so inadvertently funny and ridiculous. So, yeah, I’m looking forward to this week’s episode. Vampires are better than any reality show.

1 comment:

linguo said...

"Internet investigative journalist"? Are they trying to hip up the show by using modern gadgetry? Ugh, i don't even know when/where this airs and don't care to. Thanks for taking one for the team, though. I'll just pop in the old Angel DVDs for now.