Vamped up About Moonlight

Here’s the thing about TV criticism. You know you should objectively sit down and critique a show based on things like execution, acting, writing, and so on. And if I was doing that for “Moonlight,” I would have to admit that perhaps Alex O’Loughlin – who plays private investigator Mick St. John, a vampire seeking redemption – won’t be winning any Emmys for his performance.

Mick (Alex O’Loughlin), Friday night is our night. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS.

Even the premise is so tired it should be taken off the field in a stretcher.

Yet, I just can’t seem to quit the show. There’s something charismatic about Alex, a guy I had lunch with last summer (Check out the blog item Lunch with a Vampire). The Australian charmed me then, and he’s still oozing charisma. Come on. Watch this video

OK, maybe not exactly “Angel,” but not bad.

This past week, “Moonlight” won the People’s Choice award for best new TV drama. Thank you, YouTuber Twilightdew, for posting this with Alex talking all Aussie and stuff:

Last night, I sat huddled on the sofa as Mick tried to save Beth, the mortal he loves, and protect her boyfriend too. He failed on the second part of the exam, leaving the path open for him to pursue the sweet Beth.

Or, it would have if she hadn’t gotten angry with him for not sucking the life into her boyfriend Josh as he lay dying from a gangster’s fatal gunshots.

“Turn him!” she implored. But Mick knows better. He’s trying to become a mortal again with the help of his former wife/vampire Coraline. He knows that living as a vampire is no real life at all.

Oh, Beth.

Oh, me, for being addicted to this show each week. But sometimes, you’ve just got to a fan.


  1. Karen said,

    January 14, 2008 at 9:15 am

    I consider this my embarassing little secret show that I watch. Loved Angel and Buffy and was annoyed at first with Moonlight, but I can’t seem to turn it off now. We’re in the same boat, Susan, but that’s what tv should be about – pure entertainment.

  2. Marj said,

    January 22, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Include me in the group…..I am an avid lover of vampire movies and tv series…..I also, watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Moonlight….Heck, I even loved to watch Forever Knight back in the day…..

  3. Lesley said,

    January 28, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Bad acting? Who cares? He is steamy!

  4. Caro said,

    February 2, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Alex is a fantastic actor. He IS the lead & deserves to be…..the show has progressed & grown so much after the first couple of eppys. Please everybody give this show a chance. It has distanced itself from it’s predecessors and made it’s own mark. I haven’t read & seen any comparison to the previous shows after about the 5th week……this is NEW and it IS DIFFERENT! And Alex is fantastic as sexy, angst-ridden Mick St John. I think he’s an excellent actor!

  5. Cathy said,

    February 15, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    I too am a lover of vampire movies & TV series, especially when the vamp is soooo sexy & I think is a talented actor. I too watched Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel & even the series Blood Ties, there’s another hottie vamp named Henry. It won an award recently as Best New Drama Series, So why not keep it going. How can you cancel a show that was voted by popular vote. Keep the sexy vamp it’s a great show

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