Peak TV

Peak TV, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, Vampire, vampires, What We Do in the Shadows, Taika Waititi, the Vampire Council
A few of the Vampire Council members

If I ever run into Taika Waititi, I’m going to thank him for creating What We Do in the Shadows. Well, more likely I’ll probably ramble awkwardly until he walks away. But if I were capable of talking like a person, I’d thank him.

Mild Spoilers

If you like vampires and referential humour, then the season 1 episode “The Trial” is made for you. In this episode we meet the “Vampire Council,” who rule over all vampires, and pass judgment on those who break the rules (for example, turning a baby, or “too much defiling”).

The Council is made up of actors who’ve played vampires in other shows and movies. They’re all going by their real first names, with the actors playing themselves as actual vampires (I can believe it for a couple of them). Not only have they played vampires, but their vampire characters’ looks have been faithfully recreated in their hair and makeup (and in one case wardrobe, or lack thereof). They even mention a few members of the Council who couldn’t make it to the meeting, just to get a few more references in. It’s brilliant.

If I wasn’t already swooning enough over the Council, they went and brought the well from Interview with the Vampire into it (the one that saw the end of Claudia). I probably missed even more references– I’m definitely going to have to watch the episode again.

Aside from the Council, there’s also an earlier cameo in this episode that had me laughing so loud I scared my cats a little.

What We Do in the Shadows (at least so far) is the vampire show we all needed. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

What do you think? What’s your ultimate vampire show or episode? Share in the comments…

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3 Vampires with a Chance at Love

3 Vampire with a Chance at Love, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, Mick St. john and Beth Turner, Moonlight, Jessica and Hoyt, True Blood, Hal and Alex, Being Human
Mick St. John and Beth Turner, Moonlight

Although Valentine’s Day was last week, true love is forever– especially for vampires. Or it can be, anyway. These TV couples’ stories left us wondering but I’d like to believe they got their happily ever after. Here are three vampires who were (probably) lucky in love…

Spoilers Ahead

Mick and Beth, Moonlight

Mick (vampire) and Beth (human) have a complicated relationship. Beth has a boyfriend and Mick saved Beth’s life as a child and has been keeping tabs on her ever since. It’s a tale as old as time. But as the show goes on, their feelings for each other grow and turn into something else (and just as complicated). There’s a lot of back and forth about whether a vampire-human relationship could even work, and when the series was cancelled it ended ambiguously on a kiss between Mick and Beth. These two have a real connection, even if their fears cloud their feelings at times, so I think they have a solid chance to make it work. The show hinted at the potential for a vampire cure, so Mick could eventually become human. He could also turn Beth. Love finds (fangs?) a way.

Is this love?: 8/10

3 Vampire with a Chance at Love, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, Mick St. john and Beth Turner, Moonlight, Jessica and Hoyt, True Blood, Hal and Alex, Being Human
Jessica and Hoyt, True Blood

Jessica and Hoyt, True Blood

Although it might not seem like it, Jessica (vampire) and Hoyt (human) have a lot in common. Both had traumatic childhoods with domineering, manipulative parents. Both have quieter, somewhat innocent/naive personalities with rebellious sides. Both also have to cope with situations they have no control over, and neither really know where they fit into the world. When they meet each other, it’s love at first sight. They did try to make it work for a while, but there were too many things working against them, including Hoyt’s mother and Jessica’s vampire nature. Their breakup was both inevitable and necessary, giving them a chance to figure out who they were. They eventually reunite, and even though we don’t get to see how their life together plays out, chances are they make it work (at least, they’d better make it work after all the screen time the producers devoted to their wedding in the series finale).

Is this love?: 9/10

3 Vampire with a Chance at Love, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, Mick St. john and Beth Turner, Moonlight, Jessica and Hoyt, True Blood, Hal and Alex, Being Human
Alex and Hal, Being Human

Hal and Alex, Being Human

Okay, this one might be cheating since both characters are human by the end of the series, but sparks started flying while Hal was a vampire, so I’m counting it. Although both are attracted to each other, their budding relationship is cut short when another vampire takes it upon himself to kill Alex (and then gives her blood to an unsuspecting Hal to drink). Hal is horrified at what’s happened, and when he finds out Alex is still around in ghost form, he promises to get revenge for her murder. With nowhere else to go and few people to talk to (thanks to being invisible to humans) Alex ends up moving in with Hal. Their opposing personalities make them something of an odd couple: Hal is precise, compulsive, and terrified of losing control; while Alex is carefree, no-nonsense, and takes things as they come. But the real hindrance to a relationship is that one of them is incorporeal (and it doesn’t help that the other one is constantly fighting his blood lust). The series (officially) concludes with an interesting twist that has all supernatural beings become human again, finally giving Hal and Alex a real chance at a life together.

Is this love?: 8/10

What other vampires have a shot at love? Share your thoughts in the comments…

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