Dresden Files TV series
A TV adaptation of the Dresden Files novels by Jim Butcher.
This series never made it to the UK so I had to buy it as DVD. Now, I am a long-time Harry Dresden fan. The key word there is "longtime", meaning, it has been a long time since I've read the books. Yes, yes, that means I'm old... Anyway, as I watched a marathon Harry Dresden, of course I can't help comparing it to the books. Like Susan is brunnette and Murphy is blond in the books, but in the film, it's the other way around. It's irritating. For one, I like Murphy. And I like her blond. That's how I first came to know her. Then all of a sudden this series screws it all up. And for some reason I always saw Warden Morgan as a modern-day Boromir. Never a suave Conrad Coates. Coates played well, it just did not quite fit the book's description of Warden Morgan as I envisioned him. A tough, hardened, disillusioned wizard-fighter in the modern world. There are about 4 episodes in one DVD. There are 4 DVDs in the set I bought. After the first DVD, I had to stop watching as opposed to my planned marathon because it was just irritating. It took another month before I continued watching on to DVD 2. By then I've gotten over my irritation and actually enjoyed DVD 3. Since I was not planning on marathons anymore, I did not have enough time to watch DVD 4. Still planning on watching #4 but probably not straight away.
The series is actually good. However, if you are a longtime Harry Dresden book fan (with all your preconceptions), you might find this series slightly irritating like I did. I guess it is the unavoidable comaparison between the books and the TV series that happens there. In which case I can see where this series was cut after the first season only despite it's very good combination of 3D animation, human actors, and film effects. Had I seen this series before I'd read the books, I might have enjoyed it a whole lot more. I would give this series a score of 3.5 out of 5.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries