Chaos God of Old Night
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: The Eternal Night
Finally getting a set of headphones has allowed me to watch TV on my computer again. So I binge-watched From Dusk Till Dawn, six episodes last night and the final four today. My thoughts;
D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz were brilliant, both of them felt superior to George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino as the original Gecko Brothers, though admittedly one of the key reasons for that is the higher quality and quantity of material for them, and the fact that Zane Holtz is an actual actor and Tarantino is primarily a director. Cotrona's Seth comes across as more human in the series due to the expanded backstory but I think Zane Holtz is the best actor in the show, his Richie Gecko feels like a far more dangerous individual yet with a core of humanity that wasn't there in the film. I liked the relationship that is expanded on here, the idea that Seth owes Richie and yet the show doesn't take it too far and have him become a martyr over it, which is good because that can get dull. Plus, might just be me here, but I felt that Cotrona and Holtz had real chemistry together that made their act as brothers more believable, they do feel like a duo ready to take on the world together.
Eiza Gonzalez is very good as well. The expansion on Santanico Pandemonium makes her a much more interesting character than the film, and her relationship with Richie was interesting to watch. Whether or not she really is a victim is a question later seasons will have to explore, but I liked the scenes with her interacting with either Richie or Seth for different reasons. As for the "Snake dance scene" I think that Salma Hayek's was longer and a bit more memorable, I liked the added light effects and the liquor part was done well, but I think the part on the pole detracted from the dance as it made her act seem like just another stripper's rather than something special as Salma Hayek's did.
Gonzalez, as a new character, was one of the best additions I think. His desire for revenge took him to interesting places and I loved the scene when he said "I'm not a ranger. I'm the Rinche." His transformation from a ranger to the eponymous "Rinche" was very entertaining, especially his being the first character to kill a vampire. I quite like that his character saw what the path of revenge would result in and decided that revenge wasn't worth ruining not only his life, but his wife and daughter's as well.
The series adaption of Sex Machine and Frost were also very interesting. Sex Machine was awesome in the movie and he's awesome here too, the "cock-gun" and his katana were really cool, and I liked that rather than being just another fighter, Sex Machine was smart this time and could actually offer something beyond just kicking ass. His turning out to be a villain was shocking, yet when you realize that his obsession becomes more obvious in earlier scenes, though that he was the Cartel Killer was the biggest shock. I honestly thought it was Richie. As for Frost I liked what I saw though I wish he had been used a bit more, perhaps following the Gecko Brothers and helping out in the final fights before his heroic sacrifice.
My only disappointment is that two of my favourite lines by Seth Gecko didn't make it into the series;
"Did they look like psychos? Is that what they looked like? They were vampires. Psychos do not explode when sunlight hits them, I don't give a fuck how crazy they are!"
"And I don't want to hear anything about "I don't believe in vampires" because *I* don't believe in vampires, but I believe in my own two eyes, and what *I* saw is fucking vampires!"
Jacob: Has anybody here read a real book about vampires, or are we just remembering what a movie said? I mean a real book.
Sex Machine: You mean like a Time-Life book?
On the whole, great great series and I eagerly await Season 2 and all the completely new material it will bring.