Beautiful scenery, amazing shots, interesting characters and story. Can't wait to find out more.
Engaging story with competent acting. No dull moments.
I am going to read 'All Souls' triology by Harkness soon.. pretty sure, will be even more exciting to read.The best part is it's not just another magic and supernatural crap, but a perfect blend of history, myths, fiction and romance. What else can one ask for after a tiresome day?It will definitely leave you feeling, 'can't wait for next episode'.
A long time since I've been this excited waiting for the next episode. This show is great. It has great production, good actors, believable fantasy society, the characters are adults (finally) and it grabs attention and holds it. I love it.
Every second packed with intensity in this first episode - I'm flabbergasted! Ending of the episode left me yearning for more instantly! I haven't felt like this about a series since first time I watched True Blood (not that they compare in any way). Very catching! I certainly hope the rest of the series live up to this first episode!
I was lead to believe that because this contained adults, it was going to be for adults. But the writing suggests these 1000 year old creatures were born yesterday. They have no wisdom of years, do not act at all conservatively, can be defeated by parlor tricks despite somehow surviving for a dozen generations, and fall in love after a couple of glances. The actors are hot; I'll give them that.
I was so nervous for this show as I had previously read the books by Deborah Harkness but it did not disappoint at all. Yes, it's only the first episode but each and every character was portrayed so accurately and as far as I can tell they've stuck pretty close to the novel (not completely but enough). So far so good. Even though I've read the books I was still left anticipating what was to come next and I was fascinated by how they adapted from novel to screen. Hopefully they continue to stick to the novel! Can't for the next episodes!!!
In the beginning, this series is watchable and interesting, the first season can be watched with interest, although the interesting part is at the very beginning of the first three episodes. Later, um yes, yet another modern over romanticized tv show, where forbidden love and other romance-related situations completely determine the plot of each episode. Such an approach somewhat stifles the adventurous spirit that series like this should have. The series is watchable and I find it to be some mediocre time killer! I don't know why is like that, today when they shoot a fiction or science fiction series they insert that forced romance every time and that let's be realistic is not interesting, Its like if they don't overkill in romance the series can't be filmed, thats probably some modern new composed rules for the genre of fiction and science fiction!
The first thing to say about this production is that it is beautiful to look at, especially in UHD. The dreaming spires of Oxford are without doubt the stars of the show. Unfortunately, although the visuals are breathtaking, the editing is clunky and the writing cliched and lacking in the intensity of the - rather intrusive at times - soundtrack.Matthew Goode is well, good. He's perfectly cast and has all the mannerisms and snark that you would expect of a vampire. Teresa Palmer unfortunately, although she does her best with her stilted dialogue simply isn't believable as an internationally acclaimed academic. The problem with being introduced as the youngest person ever to obtain tenure at Yale, is that you need to act and speak with a level of intelligence and authority that makes this real. Palmer just doesn't have the delivery or the gravitas required, as demonstrated in one of her earliest scenes when she delivers a lecture which sounds like it was written by a teenager who forgot to do their homework and dashed something off 10 minutes before class.The main problem however, is that the opening episode simply tries to do too much too quickly. This would have worked so well as a slow burner, where the characters slowly reveal themselves over the first few hours of the show and we learn about their struggles with the identities they hold. Instead we are spoonfed everything in the first 30 minutes with awful, rushed exposition as the main characters all but point at each other and say "You're a witch", "And you're a vampire" in the most hamfisted attempt to get things moving forward.I've never read the books, so I can't comment on the quality of the source material, but I can only assume that given the luxury of several hundred pages the story unwinds in a careful, intelligent and well paced manner. It's a shame that the creators of this show didn't take the same approach.
I just read the books so they are so fresh in my mind and the series is different; examples characters are very different Ysabeau in the book although Matthew's mother was made a vampire when she was younger not an elderly woman like in the tv series. The story line is loosely based on the books but is also very different. I like the books better but the series on its own is enjoyable if I keep reminding myself it's just based on the book series it's not the same. Worth a watch
I was so prepared to LOVE this series, especially since it stars one of my favorite actors (Matthew Goode), but sadly this was not the case. The writing was painfully cliche, with some of the laziest characterizations I've seen in awhile. The lead actress is a total bore. Even the music is bad. It just got worse and worse with each episode; characters who have never met onscreen suddenly know each other well. Characters who have barely gotten to know each other are suddenly making declarations of undying love to one another. Transitions are jarring and plot developments are endlessly frustrating. The script is tedious; I feel bad for the actors who have to speak such uninspired lines. Sometimes I swear I can see Matthew Goode questioning his life choices as he delivers his cringiest lines. Why couldn't the writers take what was obviously lame source material and try to make this story 2018-level TV-ready? Lazy, lazy shame. What a stinker!
After watching the first released trailer, I knew that this would be a must see, and it didn't disappoint. A world of witches, vampires and demons, the world of paranormal creatures has drawn me in. It is full of mystery and suspense.
I can't wait for the next episode.
A definite watch.
I know it's just the first episode, but WOW.Gorgeous setting, Great acting. Solid start to an interesting story. Can't wait for more.