Van Helsing (Pilot)

Starring: Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, Christopher Heyerdahl, David Cubitt, Vincent Gale, Rukiya Bernard, Trezzo Mahoro

Plot: Instead of a zombie apocalypse, we’re living in a vampire apocalypse. There’s some random explanation about a volcano explosion being the catalyst, but who cares. There’s a guy, (Scarfe) who has been protecting a facility, where a woman has been asleep for a while. That woman is Vanessa Helsing (Overton), and she’s a badass.

What Works: The basic idea for the show is OK. I’ll admit, I liked the twist at the end of the pilot. You almost tricked me into a second episode, but I just can’t sit through these actors anymore.

What Doesn’t Work: Everything. From the fact that a lead character is named Axel, to the bullshit explanation for the apocalypse. Every person on this show is a terrible actor. Just… awful. I feel like everytime I try and watch a SyFy series I run into this problem. It’s rare when they attract talent to their shows, but SyFy really needs to invest in talent. This D-list acting can’t cut it for long. We’re in a golden age of TV, and people have options. Convincing people to watch a Walking Dead wannabe with terrible actors isn’t going to pay off. The dialogue isn’t great either. It’s bad videogame writing.

Final Word: I can’t recommend this to anyone. Even genre fans. I can’t understand who would like this. I wanted to stop watching the episode before it was over, but I felt like I had to finish the pilot. Yes, it ends strong, but you can’t just end a shitty episode strong and hope for the best. The pilot is important. And when the cast is this bad, you can’t justify coming back for more.


Say Something!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s