TV Review: 'Moonlight'
The only actor to survive the original "Moonlight" casting purge -- in which Jason Dohring replaced Rade Serbedzija, Sophia Myles came in for Shannon Lucio and Amber Valetta became Shannyn Sossamon -- was leading man
Mick's a relatively young vampire and he hangs out with centuries-old Josef (Dohring), a wealthy vamp with a personal investment in keeping his sanguine proclivities on the down-low. Romantic complication comes in the form of intrepid Internet reporter (excuse me while I double over in laughter) Beth (Sophia), a young woman whose past with Mick makes the idea of their potential coupling seem downright icky.
Since its plot is a shameless rehash of "Angel" and "Forever Knight" with a dash of Koslow's earlier "Beauty and the Beast," CBS' desire to put "Moonlight" on air must be largely based on O'Loughlin. After only a brief sample, I'm at a loss for why. He's obviously handsome, but a vampire working as a hard-boiled detective ought to have some sort of edge, right? O'Loughlin doesn't and his attempts to speak with a regionless American accent prevent his dialogue from having any inflection.
Myles, whose resemblance to
It would be reassuring if somebody -- anybody?!? -- on the show's creative team seemed to have a coherent vision of what "Moonlight" is meant to be. The pilot script, by Koslow and Trevor Munson, is full of unbearable sub-Chandler voiceover ("Some cases just suckerpunch you. You think you know what you're getting into and then... Wham." or "Whether it's a missing child or a murdered coed, victims always leave a trail. You just have to find it."). That would serve as an invitation for director Rod Holcomb to try out some neo-noir stylings, but Holcomb instead tries for empty visual pyrotechnics in a failed effort to upstage the weak writing.
Thus, "Moonlight" premieres on Friday with an episode in which the procedural aspects are predictable, the romantic aspects are clunky and the vampire aspects are superfluous. Maybe CBS just wanted to find a show that would make