Friday, February 15, 2008

Moonlight Shines on CBS

First of all, how in the world did I miss this show? How? Given my interest in shows of this nature, it should have been on my "must see" list from the beginning. Alas, I just found it last week, but I am making up for it now!

First, the technical details. The show can be seen on CBS on Friday nights when it airs, but because of the strike, it was placed on temporary hiatus until more shows could be written and produced. Now that everything is solved and the writers are back at work, new shows will air beginning April 11. All previous episodes can be downloaded from iTunes for under $25, and I would recommend doing this because it's a great way to catch the overall arc of the show. I love watching a show in order without any long breaks between, because you can really sense the continuity that way. So get the previous episodes and catch up before April 11, and you will certainly join the ranks of "willing freshies" who love this show with all their hearts!

Now, the story. Mick St. John is a private investigator in LA. He's intense, gorgeous, broody, and clever, but there is also a sense of humor and wit about him that really makes him a special character. Oh yeah, he's also a vampire. He was "turned" by his new bride - talk about a wedding night surprise - and is reluctant to embrace his dark side. There have been glimpses of his past, however, and they indicate that this was not always the case. He even states in one of the show's well-placed voice-overs (which remind most fans of old detective films) that he was once like most people, looking out for himself, but one case made him see that he needed to turn his life around and help people. As far as I can tell, they never truly explain what about that case made him turn into a "good vampire," but I think it was that he saw how inhuman vampires can be and he vowed not to be that. I won't go into details about the case because it was one of the early reveals in the show and I don't want to spoil it for any virgins out there.

So we meet Mick while he is going about the normal business of being a private investigator in LA, following a case of a girl who has puncture wounds in her neck, which explains his interest. We also meet Beth Turner, a reporter for an Internet news outlet called BuzzWire. There was a little nod to Lois Lane in one of the episodes, where the editor says something about how Beth should have been able to spell the word "predator" by now. I loved it. :) Beth and Mick meet in the first episode, but there are hints that they have seen each other before.

That's it for the intro, but I'll be back to review each of the first 12 episodes in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, download this show from iTunes. You will not regret it.

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