Directed By: Michael Nankin
Written By: Laurence Walsh
Starring: Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann, Kathleen Munroe, Krista Bridges ...
Running Time: 60 min
Air Date: 11/02/2007
The episode begins with a murder. Always a good way to start. Harry Dresden gets called to the scene by his friend in the force, and with the help of his pet British ghost he discovers that the victim was a werewolf. Upon further investigation, he begins to suspect that those responsible for the murder are those who are supposed to be responsible for investigating it, and they have dark motives that will only be achieved once a certain number of lycanthropes are dead.
This was a good and clever episode with a compelling story and a lot of emotional content, a nice take on the whole werewolf idea. But I'm still not too sure about the Dresden Files at this point, as I don't really feel I can relate to any of the characters. Buffy, Angel, the X-Files, all the great supernatural shows all had characters we could connect with. Wizards are all good fun, but Harry Dresden just seems kind of dull. Who is this guy? What makes him tick? What are the nature of his powers, and how does he deal with being an outsider? I'm not sure that Paul Blackthorne is right for the part, his voice-overs are good but I just don't think he has a "wizardy" quality about him, and his portrayal is a bit vacant. It might get better as it goes on, though, if the show is able to find its footing and they define the characters a little better.
I'd certainly recommend checking out this episode, and also keeping an eye on this show. Definitely one to watch.
Soo, lycanthropes being murdered. The upper canines being removed by the roots. Silver is used to kill them, as you'd expect, whether its silver powder or spikes or whatever. They can also be killed by other werewolves, though, which makes the use of silver a bit weird in this context. Lycanthropy is also passed by biting, as you'd expect. Once you have lycanthropy, you have increased strength, your senses are heightened, you can sense blood and "everything smells like food". It's all pretty standard except for a 'recipe' for a cure for lycanthropy; "kill nine, remove the sign" - which means if you kill nine lycanthropes of yoursame bloodline, you will be cured.
The werewolves themselves are computer-generated, and not particulary good. Nowhere near as good as the "Doctor Who" werewolf. It works okay when they only show quick flashes, but the more they show, the worse it looks. One of the lycanthrope characters, Heather, who Dresden has a bit of a crush on, survives the whole thing and wanders off to deal with her curse, with the help of an elixir that Harry gave her. "She'll be back," says his pet ghost. Here's hoping.