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The Dresden Files: Season 1

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's magic June 24 2007
Imagine if Harry Potter grew up to be Philip Marlowe, and you'll have a pretty good idea of what "The Dresden Files" is like.

While it starts weakly -- and is rarely faithful to Jim Butcher's novels -- "The Dresden Files" manages to whip itself into a solid supernatural-mystery series, with a pretty good cast and some genuinely twisty-turny mysteries. And, of course, a snarky ghost living inside a skull.

Harry Dresden (Paul Blackthorne) is Chicago's only wizard-for-hire, with a tragic past, a hockey-stick staff, and a companion spirit named Bob who lives in a skull (Terrence Mann). He's also perpetually in bad with the wizard council, and moderately famous among the supernatural crowds lurking around Chicago.

As the series opens, Harry is approached by a young boy who claims he's being stalked by otherworldly forces -- and his mother confirms that he's been followed by blackbirds, crows and ravens ever since he was born. Even worse, a skinned body is found in a nearby apartment -- and the malevolent skinwalker who stole the woman's dermis may be after the boy as well.

Arguably the premiere is the weakest of the series, since there's little actual detecting going on. But things perk up in the following episodes. Harry tackles a hellspawn in love, a serial killer murdering werewolves, a bodysnatching murderer, a fertility clinic with a dark secret, a bunch of young thieves using deadly magic, and an attempt to frame Bianca, the sultry vampire club-owner.

Things get even worse when Harry is trapped with a bunch of hostile wizards inside a deadly cloud, which can only have been conjured by one of them. And when Bob is stolen, Harry finds himself confronting his cruel uncle Justin -- whom Harry "self-defensed to death" five years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Magical! Sept. 15 2007
If you are a big fan of Stargate SG-1 or Dr. Who, The Dresden Files is a perfect fit to satisfy your hunger for sci fi tales. It's a great show with unique stories full of mystery and intrigue based on the books by Jim Butcher.

This was an amazingly fresh new series that was good enough to sink your teeth into, week after week.

Simply put, it was an adult version of Harry Potter, a grown up wizard named Harry Dresden along with his sidekick Bob. Bob is Harry's snooty mentor, hilariously portrayed by Terrance Mann, who is imprisoned in his own skull as punishment for dabbling in black magic.

Harry, deliciously played by Paul Blackthorne with a lost puppy dog expression, is a lone wizard that actually advertises his business in the yellow pages, who always seemed to find himself surrounded by trouble. Or trouble always seemed to find him.

Whether it be battling against sultry vampires, seductive werewolves, creepy skinwalkers, spooky shapeshifters, or helping solve cases with his cop friend, Murphy, he does his best in protecting the city of Chicago from dangerous threats day after day. What a guy. Heck, I just want to give him a big hug.

The Dresden Files has been by far one of the best shows on television this past year (2007) pulling in at least 1.7 million viewers on a weekly basis. Many fans who watched this series have gotten addicted to Jim Butcher's novels, who just recently released a new addition called "White Night".

Unfortunately, it was a short lived series on SCI-FI and recently cancelled which is a shame since it was a superb show that was truly a magical experience.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Off at a tangent - a pretty good tangent April 14 2014
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I frequently wake up at ~4:00 in the morning and have trouble getting back to sleep until 5:00 - 5:30. I find it helps to have a good trashy read (no, that's not an oxymoron; there's good trash and bad, and you know what I'm talkin' 'bout) to fill this time. I've recently discovered the Dresden Files in book form at my library, and it's really good trash: well written and well crafted. I read an interview online with Jim Butcher, the author of the series, and he was asked about the television series that was made from his characters. He said that the TV series did not closely follow his books, but that was all right with him, 'cause then people would actually buy his books, not having seen slavish reproductions of them on the screen.

Well the converse is true as well. Even though the stories are different, this series has captured Butcher's freewheeling, sarcastic, good-natured, troubled and perpetually off-balance, but above all magically gifted Harry Dresden perfectly, and I enjoyed every minute of every episode. Damn - why isn't there a season 2?

I would say that if you have enjoyed the books, you'll enjoy the series, even though it doesn't exactly follow the books (or maybe because it doesn't exactly follow the series). And if you get this series and enjoy it, try out the books.

I've read some of the critics' comments on this series, and one that comes up frequently is that this is "Buffy lite." Not true. Butcher has created a different world than the one that Buffy inhabits, and this world is very well portrayed: the writing is excellent, the characters are well cast, and the production values are, while not exactly Peter Jackson quality, perfectly adequate to tell the story.

All in all, good stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watched the shows Now reading the books
I finally got to watch the full set. It encouraged me to start reading the books
Published 1 month ago by Bruce Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
If you like the dresden files watch this. It really is different from the books but still the witty lovable Harry. I wish there were more seasons...
Published 8 months ago by Jodi
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for Butcher fans
If you've read the books you may want to stay clear, or at least be forewarned that the TV Show is a big departure from the books (almost unrecognizable). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Book Worm 73
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I'll state right off the bat that I'm a huge fan of the books. If you're not, you might get more enjoyment out of the series, but I found it just too much of a departure from the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stéphanie Amesse
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Series
I love this series. It's a wonderful mixture of sci-fi and fantasy. Lovers of both genres would enjoy this series. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Different
It is good to see the main character of this type of content to be a man, typically when it comes to magical, supernatural or occult type of content you see the main character as... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Troy J. Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't It Stay!
I was intrigued by the story line, then fell in love
with the Wizard, then wanted more shows. A
totally different look at magic, not at all like the boy
wizard we... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. Patricia Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tv show
I was hesitant at first because peope told me it strayed to far from the books. But after watching it, I quite enjoyed the show. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Fish
5.0 out of 5 stars good show
starts slow but quickly picks up. The characters are interesting and funny but not overdone. The stories are complex and opened a general intrigue for the series. Read more
Published on April 26 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dresden heaven
Excellent show that was cruelly cut down by the SciFi channel. It has everything you could want - mystery, magic, comedy and drama. The cast was the best around. Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2011 by DebD
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