Moderator / Reviewer
- Apr 4, 2017
My AV System
- Preamp, Processor or Receiver
- Yamaha TRS-7850 Atmos Receiver
- Other Amp
- Peavy IPR 3000 for subs
- Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
- Sony ubx800 4K UHD Player
- Front Speakers
- Cheap Thrills Mains
- Center Channel Speaker
- Cheap Thrills Center
- Surround Speakers
- Volt 10 Surrounds
- Surround Back Speakers
- Volt 10 Rear Surrounds
- Rear Height Speakers
- Volt 6 Overheads
- 2x Marty subs (full size with SI 18's)
- Video Display Device
- Sony 85 inch X950H FALD TV
Only fans of Firefly can understand the bitter rage of having a fantastic show be cut short in it’s first season. Well, that and more than a few SyFy channels fans as well, but the rage of the Brown coats is both righteous and bitter, as we’ve had to make due to comics and canonical books to finish off Joss Whedon’s masterpiece. Well, fans of the new DC streaming service’s Swamp Thing has now had the misfortune of commiserating with the Firefly fans, as the streaming services single best show was unceremoniously cut short just weeks before the first season was wrapping up. The cast and crew got the notice just as the show was getting ready to wrap up the final 3 episodes, only giving them enough time to hurriedly make the 10th episode it’s finale, and sending the series off along the river Styx. Supposedly the show’s producers have shopped around for another channel to pick up the show, but it looks like it will be no more, as the highly expensive to make show (which was the reason for it’s cancellation) wasn’t seen as a huge profit device for any of the other networks. Luckily the first season wraps things up well enough that the 10 episode arc is reasonably complete, and stands on it’s own two feet without ending with a cliffhanger (*cough*Dark Matter Season 3*cough*) and works as it’s own little story.
I mentioned when I did my review for Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season that the DC streaming network had a bunch of good shows, and two really standout shows. Those two being Doom Patrol Itself, and the service’s magnum opus, Swamp Thing. I’ve read Swamp Thing comics back in the day and know of him being a sort of independent character in the world of superheroes and villains, being neither good guy, nor bad guy. Instead, he’s more of a horror themed character that was originally introduced into the 70s and 80s, only to become popular enough to gain his how comic run for a while. The live action show follows in those supernatural horror elements, blending with with a good old fashioned mystery and conspiracy as well (amusingly enough, the main character asks our heroine in the first episode if she liked good old mysteries).
CDC doctor Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) is called back to her home of Marais, Louisiana, when a mysterious plague is found to be spreading among the inhabitants. There she meets biologist Alec Holland (Andy Bean) who is working on a discovery out in the middle of the swamp that very well may tie in with Abby’s mystery disease. The two discover a biological “accelerant” in the swamp water, but before they can tie two and two together Alec is killed, and his body sunken into the swamp. There the consciousness of Alec is absorbed by a mutated plant, wherein it takes the form of a semi human hunk of plant life, and becomes the single worst enemy of the evil that is growing in the Marais swamp.
Honestly, this was the single best show to come out of the DC streaming service for 2019, and a huge blow at it’s being lost to us. I understand that the CGI for the show made it INCREDIBLY expensive, but the writing is excellent and the acting very well done for a DC show. Still, the series wraps up nicely (if a not a bit hurriedly), and the series doesn’t leave us hanging unless you really picked up all the hints along the way of other connections to villains that might have been introduced in later seasons. It’s dark, twisted, and a fantastic supernatural mystery that delves into the classic change up where the monster is less monstrous than the humans are.
Not Rated by the MPAA
Yes, I’m sad to see it go, but Swamp Thing: The Complete Series is a must see for fans of the DC shows, and much like how Netflix has given the Marvel Universe to become darker and less broadcast friendly, so has the DC streaming universe been for some of it’s shows. Swamp Thing definitely benefited from that freedom from broadcast limitations and really thrived as a short lived, but well crafted horror comic show. The Blu-ray is rather well done with good video and audio, but there are no extras to speak of. Still, don’t let this deter you from grabbing one of the best comic shows of the year, and my personal favorite. Very good buy.
Starring: Crystal Reed, Virginia Madsen, Andy Bean, Derk Mears, Will Patton, Kevin Durand, Jennifer Beals
Created by: Gary Dauberman, Mark Verheiden
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 489 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: February 11th, 2020
Recommendation: Highly Recommended.