The Dresden Files: Season 1
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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.Read more ›
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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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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So here it is the first attempt at the Jim Butcher top selling Harry Dresden brought to life as a TV series. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sean Talbot
Meh, we have show about magic and mystical being, but we're gonna focus on the people.Published 8 months ago by Wheelz McGee
I was pretty excited to hear that a series of books I loved would be made into a TV series. Sadly budget constraints and compromises watered down the book premise considerably. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Anthony
Fast and exactly as listed, something that does'nt happen on all sites. Couldn't ask for more.Published 15 months ago by Paul Klick
Great Show and while it took a while for the DVD to get here, It got here. :)Published 15 months ago by Andre Lacelle
I finally got to watch the full set. It encouraged me to start reading the booksPublished 18 months ago by Bruce Banks
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 on Jan. 19 2014 by Jodi