Daily Archives: Sunday, 25th Jan 2009

Demons

I’ve been meaning to mention ITV’s latest Saturday evening bit of silliness for a while now, and I suppose just over half way through the series is as good a point as any…

Demons started off with eighteen year old Luke meeting the godfather he never knew he had. The godfather (no, not The Godfather) is played by Phillip Glennister (Gene Hunt from Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes) speaking in an accent that sounds like Gene Hunt trying to sound American. Well, perhaps it’s an authentic rendition of how people speak in some part of America or other, but it doesn’t sound like it…

Anyway, Galvin (the godfather) tells Luke that his real name (Luke’s, that is) is Van Helsing, and that he’s the traditional last descendant of the Van Helsing in Dracula who was slightly less fictional than Luke (or anyone else) might have thought.

Galvin introduces Luke to a new world. All around us are “entities” – otherwise known as “half-lifes”. These come in various levels of power and nastiness, and Galvin is a self-appointed smiter of such beings. Yes, smiter. He’s given to warning annoying entities that if they don’t do what he wants he will “surely smite” them, which doesn’t sound any less silly when he says it…

Also along for the ride is a blind musician by the name of Mina Harker. Now anyone with even a slight familiarity with even a movie of Dracula might recognise that name and think that she might possibly turn out to be a wee bit older than she appears, but it wasn’t until the fourth episode that the truth about her was revealed, to the total lack of surprise to me, at least.

And finally, there’s Luke’s best friend Ruby who gets dragged into all the adventures. She does, of course, have the traditional unrequited love thing going for Luke, who equally traditionally has no clue whatsoever of this.

It’s all harmless fun, really. There’s some nice make up for the assorted demons, creatures, vampires and so on, some moderately good visual effects, and an engaging cast (well apart from Gene Phil’s dodgy accent, maybe). I can’t really see it having a long life, but I’ll be watching the remaining two episodes.

Possibly the Coolest Thing Ever

This is the kind of thing that tends to provoke some people to suggest that some other people have “too much time on their hands”, but since the people doing the suggesting don’t seem to do anything even remotely as creative, we can safely ignore them. I’d credit the site that tipped me off to this, but I can’t quite recall which one it was, so I won’t.

Anyway, here it is, a wee bit late, perhaps. The alternative Doctor Who Christmas Special, with some very special guest stars…

And there’s more to come! Woo hoo!!