Well I loved it. I liked pretty much all of the characters and I really enjoyed almost all of the central relationships. I liked the slow pace. And I found it to be quite original in many respects. A lot of what I expected to happen got turned on its head, which I always enjoy. And I found it quite pleasing visually.
What I didn’t really like was Peter and Letha’s relationship – I think way too much screen time was spent on it. There were a couple of scenes I liked between them – the scene when she was coming on to him and he was so awkwardly hesitant, the scene when he told her about the fairy (I found her questions to be so realistic – exactly what I would have asked), and Peter being turned on by her pregnancy, being so excited about the baby being born, and telling her that her smile made the flowers grow. But other than that…I just really could have done with out it.
I liked Clementine, but I think she also got too much screen time, especially since she didn’t accomplish anything or really add that much.
And I didn’t like how much bullying and prejudice went on against Shelley and Peter. Maybe I come from a nicer place or something but I just found that really unrealistic and annoying.
I agree with much of what has been said about the acting. Famke Janssen was horrible. Not just her accent, though that was the worst part. As for Bill Skarsgard:
Yes his accent sucked, but I liked it? It was like a game, "Oh, there it goes again!"
It was the same for me! I noticed it slipping all of the time but I also found it endearing. I like him as Roman even if he wasn’t one of the strongest performers in the show.
I also agree with the criticisms about the confusing timeline. I never would have guessed that when Christina was killed it had been six months since Peter first came to town. And then before you know it Letha is having her baby. There were big time jumps but no indication that they had happened. It wasn’t done well.
I didn’t mind, because I enjoyed the ride, but it’s true that there wasn’t a lot of payoff to the steps that Roman and Peter (and Destiny) took towards ending the vargalf.
And finally, I also have a ton of questions. I realize there had to be some threads left for season 2, but I really hate not feeling like I completely understand.
- What was up with the dreams? Why did Peter and Roman share dreams? What was the point? What did they mean?
- And what is with the whole dragon thing? We’ve got the order of the dragon, and then the dragon that everyone kept seeing, and the snake eating itself. The homeless man said he saw a dragon being born from a black egg, and then Christina compared the steel mixer at “Godfrey Castle” to a black egg. Wasn’t there supposed to be some curse on the steel mixer?
- Is everything that is different about Shelley a result of the method by which Pryce brought her back to life? Is ouroboros some sort of Shelley clone? She knew all about it, so what was her and Pryce’s plan for it? And is Shelley alive? And I can honestly understand everyone deciding to let her be the scapegoat, but I can’t believe they didn’t try harder to find her.
- Is Norman really Roman’s rather? Is he really Shelley’s father? And did JR actually commit suicide or did Olivia make him do it with her upir powers?
- What does Olivia want? Why did she (and how did she) orchestrate Roman raping Letha? Pryce talked about being her janitor, but isn’t Clementine her only known victim? Why did she have a tail? What’s up with that gypsy drug she was hooked on?
- What was this big decision Roman had to make that was going to hurt everyone in his shadow? Not eating the baby? Peter smiled, it felt like Roman made the right decision. But he came back from the dead and is full upir now or something right?
- So if a baby born to an upir has the caul, then they are upir too? Why did Olivia kill Juliette? Just because she wasn’t going to be upir? And what about Shelley. Shelley died when she was two, Juliette was killed within hours/days of her birth.
I guess Oliva killed the rest of her children that didn't have the coul, but accepted Shelly once she came back from the dead. Because that is what Upir's do.
That’s an interesting idea
I probably have even more questions than that but I’m forgetting them right now. I feel like some would be clarified with a second season but not all.
I’m off to read the book now. It doesn’t look like it’s too long.