Release Date: December 5
To put it mildly, V-Wars is a bland, uninspiring, badly written show with very unlikable characters, the climax of it being Dr. Luther Swan played by the still incredibly sexy Ian Somerhalder. It’s a sad thing his good looks and average acting chops aren’t enough to salvage this sunken ship.
Now we have that out of the way, here’s a little depth into why this show is so terrible.
For eight seasons, we watched Ian Somerhalder on The Vampire Diaries prance terrificly as the impulsive Damon Salvatore who’d rather die than live life as a non-human. Dr. Luther Swan is a far stretch from that character even though it exists in a similar genre. After surviving his exposure to dark-age prions with the ability to imbibe people with a particular dormant gene with vampire-like powers, Dr. Swan is tasked with the chore of finding a cure for humanity. He’s human and very much revels in it to protect his son, Dez, and ex-wife, Rachel (played by his real life wife, Nikki Reed) from the pandemonium that follows the outbreak.
The writing on this show is so bad it makes some of the worst ones this TV season look good. Yes, I’m talking about Batwoman.
The whole production, too, is terrible. The shots, acting, color grading, and numerous vampire all look upsetting. It’s as though everything this season exists to lead into the next, which teases greater stakes. But, what is the point is this season has next to no impact in the mind and hearts of viewers?
What’s a vampire series without true vampirism? I think that’s a question we’ll be asking ourselves for a while. For all the works shows like True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, The Strain, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and others have done humanizing vampires, V-Wars takes a few steps backwards. A show like that doesn’t inspire confidence.
If commissioned, season 2 has to be better if not, what’s the point?