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The Dresden Files: Season 1
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I'd planned to watch them in sequence in anticipation of the new season, now I'll watch them in sequence to enjoy a series that ended much too soon. Thank goodness I still have the books!
I was already a fan of the book series and this show does an excellent job of adapting the stories written by Jim Butcher. Like in Charmed, magic exists but regular people don't know about it. Harry Dresden is the only Wizard P.I. in the phone book. Most think he's a crack pot, but some know he is their only hope. He works as a consultant to the police via Det. Murphy on those cases considered bizarre. Along the way there are werewolf serial killers, vampire club owners, and innocents that need to be protected.
The show doesn't overdo the special effects, rather using them less frequently but with greater impact. Which is actually in keeping with the books. Harry is faithfully recreated and played by Paul Blackstone. And then there is Bob. The portrayal of Bob is one of those rare instances where a book character has been drastically changed, but in a good way. In the books he is an incorporeal spirit residing in a skull. This is fine in the books where a reader's imagination is boosting the concept, but would not translate well to TV. Producers cleverly decided to make him a human-looking ghost with a dry wit and snappy dialog. They did it so well, Bob quickly became my favorite character!
If you like fantasy or scifi shows, get the Dresden Files. And when you can't get enough of Harry, get the books.
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the Butcher books, audio books and now the TV series based on Chicago's only wizard in the phone book. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Michael Casey
Well....Nothing lik the book series and actually sorry I watched this after reading the books. Paul Blackthorne is a Great Dresden, but falls short of anything expected of for a... Read morePublished 3 days ago by James Etchison
The series is ok but the books are way better. I wouldn't waste the money.Published 6 days ago by NATHANIEL MANGUM
This show had great potential. Definately a must have for collectors and fans of Paul Blackthorne I love the fact that the actor is working on the Arrow series..now..........Yes!Published 9 days ago by Daryn
The books are better but Paul Blackthorne is an adorable Harry, if you can enjoy the idea of Harry Dresden and his universe, and not get hung up on the cannon this is fun.Published 15 days ago by Sulla
great show. put the books on my radar screen and they turned out to be some of my favorites ever.(seriously buy them all now!). Read morePublished 21 days ago by kenderoreander
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|Editorial review gets it wrong||
Yeah, the review posted is pretty much nonsense on every turn. It's based on it's own book series which predates most "Potter-mania" at least in conception, if not publication. Sometimes "cynical observers" are "clueless."
And no, the series didn't fail from low... Read More
May 31, 2009 by S. Gillogly | See all 2 posts
|Proof that Dresden Files did not die of low ratings||
I have believed for decades that television network programing executives have the lowest I.Q.s of any lifeform in the universe, including those that don't actually have brains. The cancelation/non-renewal of this show proves that I'm correct.
Mar 24, 2009 by romanticynic | See all 40 posts
I never regretted watching the series. One of those instances when the tv series enhances the books for me because now that I've watched the tv series, I have faces and characters to go with the books and it enhanced the series for me.
May 26, 2008 by dralo | See all 7 posts
I believe the piece is "Killer Joe". I'm not sure which recording they used. I'm pretty sure it is not the Quincy Jones version. Maybe the recording by Art farmer & Benny Golson is closer.
Best I can do. Good luck!
Jul 22, 2009 by C. L. | See all 3 posts
|Best Order to View Episodes||
Even though I bet, you already watched the DVD by now, I still gonna answer:
I read somewhere that the episodes have not been shown in the chronology they had been shot. I've just seen a post on the Dresden Forum on the Sci-Fi website that said that this is the correct chronology:
1] Storm... Read More
Apr 12, 2008 by Polgara | See all 3 posts
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