The Best Show You’ve Never Seen

The Best Show You’ve Never Seen

by Xio Axelrod

My love of genre television is not a secret, though love may be too weak a word. I could live off of genre TV alone (well, and romance novels/audiobooks, and maybe water and popcorn.)

My problem, as a writer, is that we’re living in a golden age of television. There are so many good shows on right now, it’s hard for me to keep up with them. Especially if I intend to actually get any writing done.

That said, my DVR and I have a solid relationship. And thank goodness for Netflix! One show I want to turn you onto is A&E’s Damien, starring Bradley James.

Bradley-JamesMany of you may know him from his role as Arthur in the BBC series, Merlin. I wasn’t a fan of Merlin, but I thought they did some amazing things, including casting James as Arthur and the lovely Angel Coulby as Guinevere. I troll YouTube for their scenes together.

Sadly, Damien was cancelled after only one season, but Bradley James was nothing short of remarkable as Damien Thorn. The show was based on the Omen film franchise. If you loved the first two films, but weren’t crazy about the rest, you need to watch these ten episodes. There are oodles of easter eggs for fans of the mythology.

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The pilot, titled The Beast Rises, is one of the tightest I’ve ever seen. It grabs ahold of you and never lets go. The writers effortlessly weave the Omen mythology that we all know into a modern setting. Damien Thorn is now a 30-year-old war photographer. He’s blocked out the traumatic memories of his childhood, and seems to have no idea there are Satanic forces – i.e. hellhounds – looking out for him.

hellhoundIt’s kind of precious.

Things quickly unravel after his 30th birthday, as foretold by the prophecy. Over the course of the short-lived series, we watch this affable, complex, and, let’s face it, sexy young man come to terms with who and what he is.

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Damien was deliciously dark with a stellar – diverse – cast, and crisp writing. Barbara Hershey as Anne Rutledge is downright sinister.

I think the big problem here was A&E itself. It just wasn’t the network for a show like this, and I would have liked to see AMC, SyFy, or (gasp!) even Fox pick it up, but I don’t think that will happen.

It’s a damned shame. See what I did there? 😉

At any rate, you’ve got 10  episodes of demonic mayhem to enjoy, and just in time for Halloween. Just be sure to watch it with the lights on. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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