It is no original testament to create a plotline that revolves around a vampire wishing to be a weak human again. But I suppose it is a tad interesting when that plot encompasses a television series of such vampire that is also a private investigator.
The show starts out like any other noir flick, with a girl. The narrator is a PI vampire who has been around for about eighty something years. He’s long since become comfortable with his solitary lifestyle, slumbering in a gigantic freezer, feasting on donated blood, but he also has that distant desire for some sort of companionship that neither his sire nor teacher vampire could satisfy.
Thus introduces the girl. A ravishing young blond who is slave to extravagant news headlines. She investigates murders alongside the PI vamp and the two form a comradeship that dangerously borders on the vampire’s true identity. At the same time, the reporter remembers him from something out of her past.
Turns out that the reporter was kidnapped as a child and only the PI vampire was able to save the girl from his own vampire wife. A wife that wanted nothing more than to have a cute little immortal family. The now grown reporter was to be the daughter and in a way, became the PI’s adopted daughter as he felt responsible to watch over the girl at a distance in order to keep her safe. Now she is a woman and their bond grows deeper.
By the end of the first disk, the vampire is in lust over the woman. Not so much for her body, but to simply have real companionship again like that of his sire vampire bride but better. He’s lonely and the reporter is his only access to society.
He wants a girl.
Contrary to my initial excitement, I found the ending concept of a nearly-century year old being feeling affection to a woman he rescued from his blood-lusting bride a tad unnerving. I appreciated how the reporter was saved from becoming a vampire-daughter in her childhood and that she, in essence, still became a daughter-like figure to the PI vampire. That’s why the PI’s later affection felt wrong to me. It seemed more like incest than longing romance.
This aside, I did enjoy some of the new vampire concepts. First, vampires sleep in the cold. It sooths them. Keeps the beast at bay. Instead of coffins, vampires sleep in freezers. Very unique.
Garlic does not harm these immortals. Crucifixes are purely decorative, and sunlight is something odd. The vampires won’t die under sunlight, but it is certainly not healthy. As though their body temperature is supposed to remain extremely low, hence the freezers. There was an episode that depicted the vampire PI in the desert. He became overly heated and lusted after blood. He lusted so much that he fed off his daughter/ temptress reporter-with her permission of course. I’m not sure how I feel about surviving in the daytime. Maybe if the vamp actually started to physically mutate from the excess heat I would better accept this concept. But it still seems like cheating. After all, life by night, death by day, is the pinnacle of vampire folklore.
But I digress.
So Moonlight has many flaws though it offers much. The tale of a heart-stricken vampire is not something new. The noir style is a little bit more original, but not by much. The acting is not the best, but certainly not the worst. The laws of vampire are for the most part unique. And the special affects are descent for a television series, much better in comparison to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So though this show may go down in history like that of Brimstone (a much better noir tale of detective working for the Devil) I’m not going to say that it is an overall bad show. And yes, I’ll watch the second disk.