Moonlight starring Alex O'Loughlin

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May 14, 2008 Update: Moonlight is now officially cancelled. I first wrote this page when Moonlight was only a few episodes old. Shame the show is over, but it was certainly fun while it lasted. And don't forget, you can relive the experience by ordering the DVD box set!

Moonlight is a new tv show on CBS, airing on Friday nights at 9 p.m. between Ghost Whisperers and Numb3rs. It's pilot episode was thoroughly slammed in the media, and quite frankly, I didn't care much for it myself, but since I love vampires I was willing to give the show a chance to improve and I'm happy I stuck it out. To date, four episodes have aired and each one has improved on the previous significantly. So if you took a look at this show initially and thought Eh, it may be time for a revisit.

Alex O'Loughlin as Mick St. John
Alex O'Loughlin as Mick St. John

Mick St. John

Mick St. John is our vampire protagonist, wonderfully played by Australian actor Alex O'Loughlin, who makes up for many shortcomings in the writing with his excellent acting and wonderfully expressive face.

While Mick has plenty to brood about since he considers himself a monster and unworthy of his favorite human and potential love interest, Beth, he's actually charming and funny and smiles a great deal. O'Loughlin has created a really appealing persona and I adore this character.

Most of O'Loughlin's previous work is in Australian film, so he's probably unfamiliar to most of the US audience, but he did appear in six episodes of The Shield last season and did a great job there as well in a criminally under-written part.

How We Like Our Vampires - Wet and Shirtless

Alex O'Loughlin is yummy, n'est pas?
Alex O'Loughlin is yummy, n'est pas?
from the Moonlight episode: Fever
from the Moonlight episode: Fever

Another Vampire Detective

For television writers, vampires and private eyes must go together like peanut butter and chocolate since Moonlight is the third vampire show to feature a vampire as a private detective -- starting with Forever Knight, featuring tortured guilty blood-sucker Nick Knight; Angel, featuring another tortured brooding blood-sucker named Angel.

And now we have Mick St. John, who thankfully is a lot less tortured and brooding than the other two, but he has his own melancholy and again, he's a vampire who refuses to prey directly on humans. He gets his blood from the blood bank. Shall we discuss the ethics of stealing? *g*

The the genre confluence between vampire and detectives makes a certain amount of sense. In the P.I. genre, private investigators spend a lot of time on their own working with the seedier side of life and the noir aspects of the genre lends itself to a lot of night-time shoots, which is perfect for vampires because they tend to have problems with the pesky daylight.

Beth and Mick

Beth Turner

Beth Turner is played by British actress Sophia Myles. She's a likeable, curious journalist that Mick has been keeping an eye on without her knowledge ever since he rescued her from another vampire -- his ex-wife! -- when she was a child. But now they've met and in less than two episodes she's managed to discover that he's a vampire. Sophia and Alex have great chemistry. Sophia's additional film credits include "From Hell," "Mansfield Park," "Underworld," "Tristan and Isolde," "Thunderbirds" and "Art School Confidential."

Coraline

Coraline is Mick's ex-wife. She's the vampire who turned him into a vampire without checking in to see if he wanted that first. Things did not go well. Played by Shannyn Sossamon, Coraline has, so far, only appeared in flashbacks, but you can expect a contemporary appeance sometime soon and I'm sure it will liven things up considerably. Not only did she turn Mick into a vampire against his will, but she also kidnapped Beth when she was a little girl and would have turned her into a vamp too if Mick hadn't rescued her.

Shannyn has also appeared in "40 Days and 40 Nights," "The Order," "A Knight's Tale," "The Rules of Attraction," "The Holiday," "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," "Chasing Ghosts" and "Undiscovered.

Josef

Josef is Mick's best friend. He's also a 400+ years old vampire. He doesn't share Mick's scruples about drinking blood either. It's straight from the vein for Josef. He's played by Jason Dohring, who just came off a three year stint on the tv show, Veronica Mars.

I personally think the actor is far too contemporary looking in appearance to be playing a vampire of that age, but thankfully we haven't seen him in any flashbacks further back than the 80s. I think as long as they stick to the 20th century, we'll be fine. I was never a fan of Veronica Mars so I wasn't familiar with him before Moonlight, but he's definitely won me over.

Moonlight's Vampire Mythology

Moonlight is treading new ground with its vampire mythology, so its vampires can actually go out during the daylight without exploding or finding themselves set on fire, but the daylight is still bad for them and in the fourth episode of Moonlight, titled Fever, Mick nearly dies from his own over-exposure to the sun in the blindingly sunny and hot California desert.

The following photos are from the episode, Fever, as Mick tries to combat the effects of sunlight by climbing into a tub in a skanky deserted motel in the desert.

Vampire Aesthetics

As part of the new vampire mythology, the creators of Moonlight have come up with a completely different look for their vampires in vampface. It is subtle and sexy, eerie rather than repulsive and off-putting. The best thing about it, I think, is the whited out eyes. They still allow the actors to express emotions with their eyes which is really huge in terms of emotional connection with the characters. I imagine too that the subtle changes in appearance make for far less time in the make-up chair.

The following photos are of Alex O'Loughlin in full-on vamp mode. He's delicious *g*

from episode 4, Fever
from episode 4, Fever
from episode 2, Out of the Past
from episode 2, Out of the Past
from episode 2, Out of the Past
from episode 2, Out of the Past
from episode 4, Fever
from episode 4, Fever

There are more great photos of Alex O'Loughlin in my other hub.

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canon-rebel-xti 8 years ago

Although Mick St John is not the first vampire/PI you do have to admit that he is definately the sexiest. The scene of him a Beth in the shower after she took "the drug" was G rated but incredibly hot.

I hope that Moonlight get a long run, as it makes my Friday night's special.


Linda N 8 years ago

I don't care what critics are saying. I have fallen head over gaga for Mick St John. I would stick my neck out for him in a split second. Oh, and I am O+. I think that Alex O'Loughlin is the hottest actor ever on TV and I would give my eye-teeth to meet him in person.


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embitca 8 years ago from Boston Author

I agree with both of you 100% Mick/Alex are the sexiest damn vampire and actor around. I really hope the writer's strike doesn't hurt the show because I will be very unhappy if I can't get my vampire fix!


amy 8 years ago

love moonlight also


Darkravyn 8 years ago

I love this show, I love Mick St.John, and I love him and Beth together. I make fan videos because I love this show so freaking much! :) (darkravyn@youtube.com if you wanna see) I hope this show has many seasons to come.


amy 8 years ago

HEY DO YOU KNOW WERE I COULD GET A ALEX O' LOUGHLIN ICON ? FOR MY IMS


ROXY  8 years ago

WHERE DO I GET THE SONGS USED ON MOONLIGHT EPISODES :(


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embitca 8 years ago from Boston Author

Amy, you should try one of the moonlight communities on LJ for icons. I know they have some for LJ, not sure about IMs. http://community.livejournal.com/mlight_icons/

Roxy, I have no idea where to find Moonlight songs. Sorry!, but if you check some of my links, they may be able to help you out.


Kandyegirl 8 years ago

Excellent info and awesome Mick photos! I am happy to see such support for Moonlight. No other show has ever compelled me to comment, chat, write to a network or create a blog. I am soooooooo addicted!

Moonlight has been nominated in the Favorite New TV Drama category of the People's Choice Awards! Please, VOTE! Tell everyone you know ~ voting is allowed once daily. Show CBS how much we support this show :) Surely, it would be difficult for them to cancel a winning show.

http://www.pcavote.com

Roxy.... I saw your question about the incredible music used in the show. They do an amazing job selecting the right song to enhance the atmosphere, not distract. Anyway, I have a list of songs on my blog. I hope that helps you :)

XO ~

Kandye

http://moonlightfan.blogspot.com/


wondergirl9847 8 years ago

Count me as another fan of this awesome, fun show! Alex and Sophia are terrific together and I love Mick and Josef's friendship. Yep, I'm obsessed with it and especially Alex. He's the hottest vampire EVER.


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embitca 8 years ago from Boston Author

I naturally totally agree with all of you *g*


amy 8 years ago

thank you ( embitca) im going to check out your site right .

hope the show is good tonight amy


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taylorblue 8 years ago from Canada

omg...I love Alex...finally he is getting some recognition!! Way to go!!


wginc 8 years ago

I guess I'm one of the few that saw Moonlight's promise in the very first episode..I loved it. Great show. Fine cast wonderful storylines. Becoming very intense and gripping. Your site is nice and I will be visiting. Keep all of the positive light on Moonlight. You're doing a fntastic job.


Aaron Lucas 8 years ago

well...i guess im one of the few guys that like this show, oh well, im not afraid to admit it, i love this freaking show, its awesome...and beth and coraline are both hot...i cant wait for this show to start unwinding

*moonlight forever!!!!*


Tamousi;* 8 years ago

BEST TV-SHOW EVEEEEEEER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


buck1sgirl 8 years ago

love this show . hope it stays on all year.


Liz 8 years ago

My friends and I love this show. We think it is so romantic between Beth and Mick. The ultimate in forbiden love.


amy 8 years ago

new show dec 14


Angie 8 years ago

OK, I love moonlight, but I especially love Alex O'loughlin. He really make this show a heart stopper. You can really feel the emotion in this show.....besides, I am not the only one in the house that loves this show....my husband and kids watch the show faithfully.


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