We have just started to watch the new series Van Helsing on Netflix (also available on Syfy), and I thought it would be good to give an early review on my thoughts on this show. I will then write a full review once I have completed season one.
I have to admit that coming into this, I had some pre-conceived ideas on what to expect. That this was yet another TV show that was trying to get the fans from the movie(s). It has worked, in my view, only a few times, with shows such as Ash Vs. Evil, Lethal Weapon & even Rush Hour, not to mention such classics as the Stargate franchise.
However, there are many more times when it hasn’t worked, and I was expecting this to be one of those times.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that this had nothing to do with the 2004 Van Helsing movie or any other movie where Van Helsing has made an appearance himself. Instead, we find ourselves with Vanessa Helsing, played by Kelly Overton (The Ring Two, True Blood) and she isn’t some all powerful, all knowing badass female character, but a real person, with real issues and much more, which I won’t go into more detail here – you will have to watch it if you want to find out.
I found that the pilot did not drag, as so many seem to do, and this was partly due to the fact that there was no attempt to slam the audience with all the information about what was going on and who the characters were. Instead, they left much of this information to episode two and, as with the pilot, this was given to us in a natural way, not with a sudden explosion of information. Show not tell at its finest.
Episode three did seem to move away from the much of what we learned in the first two episodes, but this was clearly done to enable future episodes, giving us some information, but largely setting things up.
Van Helsing has a certain feel to it, and that’s always a good thing, as it means it isn’t just doing something because it’s easy or copying something that has worked in the past. It would have been so easy to have made this a carbon copy of The Walking Dead, but that isn’t what they did.
I will be writing a full review of season one shortly.