Saturday, May 25, 2013

Have You Seen: Hemlock Grove

Didn't think I'd find something I felt strongly enough to write about so soon, but here goes. Netflix has really been expanding their borders lately, much to my (pleasant) surprise. Original programming through an online medium has been rumored to be a thing of the future for quite some time. Well, with hits like House of Cards beginning to rise in the public eye (through some excellent word-of-mouth, especially with HoC), and Arrested Development set to hit 26 May (AHHHHHHHHH!!!!! :-D), the future seems bright for the medium. BUT...just got a look at the first episode of Netflix's Hemlock Grove. It looks like the good folks over there are keen to cash in on the Twilight/True Blood/Vampire Diaries (and the graddaddy of them all, Buffy)  fandoms with some angsty, sexually charged, supernatural horror drama of their own. 

Initial reaction? Not impressed.

It really seemed to wander, and had no characters I really felt like I could latch onto (as I re-read this, that could actually be taken as a pun. Unintentional, I promise). That might even be excusable in a pilot if the pacing was good and the story was interesting. I really didn't find either one here. Something about... gypsies, and werewolves, and possibly vampires? I dunno, it all blurred together after awhile. Not really feeling too eager to put on another episode in exchange for an hour of my life. Has anyone had a chance to see the show yet? If you're a fan of any of the shows I mentioned earlier, I'd be interested in your opinion especially. Did you like it? Hate it? Did it earn the ** 1/2 star rating I see? Let me know!


  1. Can't stand things that piggy back off Buffy. Started it and wasn't impressed, then again I'm a purest when it comes to my sci-fi thanks to Whedon and BBC.

  2. I WANTED to like it. It has Dougray Scott and Famke Janssen as regular, "weekly" cast members! But it was just such an incomprehensible mess...maybe the mess is resolved with more viewing. But that's the tricky thing about tv roll the dice that maybe your audience just doesn't care to find out.