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Published:April 24th, 2009 14:02 EST
When Darkness Falls, A Hero Rises:  Moonlight Complete Series Review

When Darkness Falls, A Hero Rises: Moonlight Complete Series Review

By Garrett Godwin

When darkness falls, a hero rises

Moonlight follows Mick St. John (Alex O`Loughlin), a 90-year-old vampire bitten by his bride Coraline (Shannyn Sossamon)  the night of their wedding.  It has become a mixed package for him ever since.  It is a curse because he hates what he is, yet it is a blessing as he decides to be a private investigator in Los Angeles to help the living to make up for what he is.  One night while working on a case, he meets online reporter Beth Turner (Sophia Myles), whom he saved as a child kidnapped by Coraline, and been looking after her ever since.  When Mick and Beth finally meet, there`s an attraction between them, and begin to fall in love -- but can a vampire and a mortal ever be together?

The DVD consists of the show`s brief run of 16 episodes.  Highlights of the series includes Mick suffering a "Fever" in the desert while trying to escort a witness to trial, and only Beth can provide the cure. Later, they both understand why his friend Josef (Jason Dohring) believes the two of them can`t sustain a normal relationship.  Mick also encounters a woman who is a dead ringer of his wife, which turns out to be Coraline -- alive and human, as Mick seeks answers to how she did the impossible, as the life of Beth`s prosecuting boyfriend Josh (Jordan Belfi) is in the balance, as Mick must decide whether to make him a vampire or not. 

Some compared Moonlight to Angel, in which the hero is a vampire with a soul working in the City of Angels as a private eye.  Though both share some similarities, Moonlight was created by Ron Koslow, the man responsible for Beauty and the Beast, which ran on CBS from 1987 to 1990 -- focusing on  its two protagonists and their romantic relationship, which Moonlight was heading into had it been renewed for a second season. 

Despite winning the People`s Choice Award for "Favorite New TV Drama", CBS cancelled the series last May.  Several attempts were made to bring Moonlight to another network as well as massive campaigns by fans, but to no avail.  However, the show has recently found a new home with the Sci Fi Channel (soon to be "Syfy").

So, enter the Moonlight every Friday at 9pm on Sci Fi, and the DVD is available right now.