MOONLIGHT premieres and bites!

I finally watched Moonlight last night and I was so right, I love it! It’s definitely one of the top 5 new TV shows this season (for the full list, click here).

First I’d like to say that I don’t know why people keep comparing Moonlight to Angel, because honestly I don’t see it. The only similarity between the two shows is that they both are about a vampire in Los Angeles who is a private detective (although in Angel he has a team of people working with him), other than that it’s two different shows. The look, the tone and the stories are all different. I would even go as far as saying (and I am going to get so much hate for this) that I liked Moonlight better than Angel. And before you start going like “WTF?!!” let me just say that I loved Angel (even though I liked Buffy better) and I wish it was still on, but if I had to make a choice today between watching Moonlight or Angel (and I wish I never have to make a choice like that but if I had to), I would choose Moonlight (based on the pilot and where I think the show is going). That’s how much I loved the pilot.

Moonlight - Episode One

Here are some reasons why I loved it (might include spoilers if you haven’t seen it yet):

Alex O’Loughlin is such a brilliant actor. He has some of the best silent moments where you can see there is so much going on inside him. I noticed him in The Invisible and he was one of the best things about the movie. I think we should look out for him because even if Moonlight doesn’t work, he is going to do really well.

Sophia Myles. I have really admired her ever since I saw her in Tristan + Isolde, and was really excited when I found out she was added to the cast. Plus, she is such a likable character in Moonlight.

Jason Dohring. Unlike most Veronica Mars fans, I didn’t tune in to Moonlight to see him, but he is a fun addition to the cast. We didn’t see much of him in the pilot so I’ll hold off on saying anything until we see more of him.

Moonlight - Episode One

I have to give a shout out to Sophia Myles’ character, Beth Turner, for having an iPhone. In fact, I think you should give Moonlight a second chance (if you didn’t like the pilot) just because she had an iPhone. Actually one of my friends did that for Journeyman. After I convinced him to watch the pilot, he said he would give it a second chance just because Dan Vasser (Kevin McKidd) uses an iPhone. Who said product placement didn’t work?!

One negative thing I will say about Moonlight is that the car shots of Mick driving looked really fake. They are going to have to work on that.

The connection between Mick and Beth and their backstory, even though it might not be the most original thing, it totally worked for me. Did it remind anyone of “Sin City” (Nancy Callahan and Hartigan)?

Finally, the thing that brought it home for me, the potential love story! The final moment of the episode, when Beth hugs Mick, that just had me on the edge of my seat. The way Mick looks at Beth, I absolutely loved it. There was so much unsaid. I am such a sucker for “forbidden” love. I just hope they don’t wait too long before they get these two together.

Read all of my coverage on Moonlight, which includes lots of videos and photos.

(Photos: Courtesy of CBS)