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 ›
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Loved the idea behind the story - Wizard in Chicago advertising himself as such. Was a bit disappointed that the characters in the tv series didn't match their descriptions in the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
They are based loosely on the books but they are fun to watch. I love Bob!!Published 8 days ago by dwyane watson
The Special Effects are Marvelous and the story lines are very complex.
3 Discs containing 12 episodes and Some Special Features
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Decent series, but as a fan of the Dresden Files books, I am very disappointed in the overt deviations from the books. Most of the character of the books is missing.Published 21 days ago by Roger Way
Oh how I wish this T.V. show would come back and continue the story of Harry Dresden, but I doubt it will happen. The show is based on one of my favorite series of novels. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
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