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THE GATES: Vampires, Werewolves, and Succubi, oh my!

2010 July 1

Luke Mably and Rhona Mitra as Dylan and Claire Radcliff. Photo Credit: ABC/ Steve Dietl.

Read on for my slightly-spoilery thoughts on The Gates “Pilot,” aired June 20th, 2010 and the second episode, “What Lies Beneath,” aired June 27th, 2010:

I’m not quite sure what to think of The Gates yet, but I do find it intriguing.  When I first saw the previews, it seemed a bit Desperate Housewives-ish, but that is only slightly the case.  After watching the first two episodes, I was surprised by how supernatural the show is.  There is a vampire couple, a pack of (seemingly) werewolves, a witch, and a succubus.  Who knows what else the gated community holds?  It’s interesting that the promos have not really highlighted that aspect of the show, and the sense I get is that The Gates does not yet know what type of show it wants to be.  Unfortunately, it may not get a chance to figure that out, as the ratings have been less than stellar.  Like I said, however, I’m intrigued, and find the show enjoyable so far.  Why?  Here’s a list of random but fun aspects of The Gates.

  • Brian Krakow!  Seriously.  (The only other acceptable reaction upon seeing Chad Taylor would be “The Pink Guy!”)
  • True Blood is not the only vampire show that Kirsten Cohen’s half-sister is guest-starring on this summer.  Yes, that WAS Lindsay from The O.C. on both blood-sucking shows last Sunday!
  • Bianca, Chris’s fiancée from the future on Charmed, has gone from leather bustier to minivan.   Marisol Nichols, who plays Sarah Monohan, wife of the new chief of police at The Gates, also starred on Day 6 of 24, in case that jogs your memory.
  • Rhona Mitra is very compelling and likable, despite the fact that she kills a man in the pilot (shown on the promos, so I’m not really spoiling).  I mean, it was an accident, right?  No?  Aw, well at least she bakes!  I thought that she looked very familiar, but I couldn’t place her.  Imagine my shock when I investigated and learned that Mitra played one of Bailey’s love-interests on Party of Five, in season 6.  Aha!  Which reminds me … please release seasons 4-6 of Party of Five on dvd, FOX.  Or at least make it available via Hulu or something.  A rewatch is clearly in order.
  • I like that there is very little exposition about the vampire, werewolf, succubus, and/or witch mythologies.  The show relies on the pop culture assumptions of the audience to create subtext, and to help them understand the implications of these people identities/ activities.  It’s a genre show that does not force feed the genre, which could possibly be a good thing (though I think it’s really too soon to tell).
  • Vampires named Radcliffe?  How very gothic!  (Okay, I’ll admit that the lack of the “e” in the name on ABC.com sort of ruins my fun.  I was imagining myself Catherine Morland, wandering Northanger Abbey and scaring myself silly.  Sigh.)

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4 comments
Arabella
Arabella

Me justa mucho bes pelicula 6y

madzowere
madzowere

it is one of the ever intersting and full of suspense kinda thing. i expected it to be one of those stereotypical genres of vampires were they walk half dead and are controlled by their emotion and hunger to feed other than their psyche. it is intersting and if ine stars watching it, he wouldfnt wanna miss the following episode.

Cynthia
Cynthia

Loved the first episode of The Gates, but already it feels like it's slowing down to only slightly spooky Desperate Housewives. Something's missing. . . but I don't know what. I just previewed the new show Haven and I feel the same way about that. I like it but I'm not sure how it's going to play out over time.

runnerblf
runnerblf

Awesome!! Good initial write up about your thoughts on the first two episodes. Rhona Mitra has had some movie roles also. One that was small, but good was "The Life of David Gale" starring Kate winslet and Kevin Spacey. I pretty much started watching the gates just for the fact Rhona was starring in it AND it mentioned vampires. Dont you think this could have a bit of a Buffy flair develop? Sure it wont have the humor or slaying, but the use of many different mythical creatures interacting reminds me of it!

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