Point Pleasant - The Complete Series
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If all of that sounds pretty tame, that's Point Pleasant's principal problem: good premise, less than stellar execution. The show looks great, including the actors; the teens all appear to have stepped out of a Gap commercial, and the grownups are model-beautiful too. But their acting isn't nearly as hot as they are. Same goes for the dialogue (ten episodes in, people are still saying things like "This may sound crazy, but "). And the special effects. And the excruciatingly slow pace of the story development. Most of all, even though the body count and the fear factor rise in the last few episodes, Point Pleasant (which was co-created by former Buffy writer-producer Marti Noxon) just isnt scary enough. In trying to be titillating and concentrating so much on the characters' various personal problems, even those brought to light by Christina's appearance, the producers seem to have forgotten that when the Devil comes to town and the apocalypse is at hand, mere melodrama just won't cut it. In the end, those looking for genuine thrills have any number of other series and films to turn to. On the other hand, if a supernatural soap opera sounds like your cup of karma, then Point Pleasant is for you. The box set includes a "making of" featurette as well as the 13 episodes. --Sam Graham
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"Point Pleasant" is a gothic soap opera created by Marti Noxon, best known as the woman who writes great depressing stories on The WB's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". I am a huge fan of "Buffy" and "Angel", but I personally enjoy "Point Pleasant" better.
Now don't get me wrong. This show has serious problems, it's biggest one being that the pilot was specially designed to best ensure a pickup by FOX. It has many elements of "The OC" and FOX was right in thinking it would work best with "The OC" compared to the other shows on their schedule.
"Point Pleasant" has loads of potential. Everything is there. A great premise, capable actors, beautiful locations, character backstories, everything that was there could have become a huge ongoing battle between good and evil, with the forces of heaven and hell battling on Earth. And I do believe that's what it would have become if the writers were able to run with it.
What 13 episodes there are, however, are still good even with their faults. The actors aren't exactly award-winners, but they get the job done quite nicely. Elisabeth Harnois, our protaganist, is the perfect choice for the daughter of Satan and a God-fearing woman. She's beautiful, and usually angelic but can become overcome with her hellborn powers in an instant. Harnois is good at instant transitions and I love the scenes where her character knows that she's too weak to drown her evil nature but doesn't know what to do. Anyway, the series opens up on Point Pleasant, New Jersey, although we're not sure if this is Point Pleasant or the town of Point Pleasant Beach. There's a difference. But it's a nice day with hot girls sunbathing on the beach, but an otherwordly storm quickly gathers and runs everyone off the beach.Read more ›
CHARACTERS (contains a few spoilers!):
CHRISTINA NICKSON (played by Elisabeth Harnois)- Devil's daughter
BEN KRAMER (Richard Burgi)- Meg's husband; local doctor; takes Christina in
MEG KRAMER (Susan Walters)- Ben's wife; has delusions due to Isabelle's death; can see the future becasue of her detachment to reality
JUDY KRAMER (Aubrey Dollar)- Ben and Meg's daughter; becomes like a sister to Christina
ISABELLE KRAMER (unknown)- The late eldest daughter of Ben and Meg; died in a surfing accident
JESSE PARKER (Samuel Page, a.k.a. Sam Page)- Christina's love intrest; rescued Christina when she washes ashore on Point Pleasant
PAULA HARGROVE (Cameron Richardson)- Popular girl; Jesse's ex; Terry's new love intrest
AMBER HARGROVE (Dina Meyer)- Paula's mother; works with Boyd
LUCAS BOYD (Grant Show)- Works as devil's advocate; tries to seduce Christina to the evil side
TERRY BURKE (Brent Weber)- Obsessed with Paula; falls in love with her; has a critically-ill father; works with Boyd.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This series was ok, but I wish it would explain more at the end. They never made another season.:(Published 16 months ago by Stephanie
It's very sad this never got a season 2. Elisabeth Harnois is grate. This is a grate show that shold have goten a season 2.Published 16 months ago by Lawson Allen
NO problems with the dvd's the packing was great and no problems watching the disks. Fast shipping. I just wanted another season.Published on April 25, 2014 by Barbie T.
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