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Based on Jim Butcher's best-selling novels, "The Dresden Files" chronicles the cases of no ordinary detective. Harry Dresden (Paul Blackthorne) is a wizard, the only one listed in the Chicago phone book. He's got a handle on the crimes that can't be solved by anyone else. Paranormal? No problem. Dresden deals in all matters of supernatural threats. If you need a little hocus pocus or some other worldly advice, Dresden's your man.
The Dresden Files is about a wizard named Harry. "Good marketing," a cynical observer notes in one episode from the Sci-Fi Channel's one-season wonder based on the books by Jim Butcher. "Couldn't you come up with something a little more original?" Actually, this series manages to be plenty original despite echoes of The X-Files and the 1970s cult classic The Night Stalker. Paul Blackthorne stars as Harry Dresden, a scruffy Chicago private eye whose gift comes in handy for children menaced by skinwalkers, or for offering Lt. Murphy (Valerie Cruz) of the Chicago police "an unconventional point of view" concerning grisly, bizarre cases involving werewolves, vampires, and other decidedly unfriendly spirits. The Dresden Files is a paranormal noir (para-noir?) that deftly balances genuine scares, hard-boiled moxie, and tongue-in-cheek humor, delivered with panache by "Bob" (Terrance Mann), an ancient English spirit who resides in a skull and gives.Harry supernatural assistance. Harry's backstory--magician father, wizard mother, treacherous uncle--is revealed over the course of these 12 episodes. The eighth broadcast episode, "Things That Go Bump," was reportedly intended as the series pilot, and may be the best place to start. But Harry's world-weary voice-over in the classic tradition ("If you're a wizard and you fail, people can end up dead") keeps viewers oriented. Low ratings made The Dresden Files disappear, making this DVD set welcome for the series' hardcore fans who mounted the ultimately unsuccessful letter-writing campaign to save Dresden from the "Brilliant, but Cancelled" files. But even those who are unfamiliar with Butcher's books or are not on the Sci-Fi Channel's wavelength will be charmed. --Donald Liebenson
Wish it had gone on for more seasons! Not quite what I pictured when reading the books, but still, a good tv show.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed the series and was sorry there was only one season. While they changed some fundamental things from the books, I thought they kept to the spirit. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Brooke
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|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 39 posts
|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
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
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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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