So…my daughter and I decided to record and watch a new SyFy series called Ghost Wars. We knew pretty much nothing about it other than the title and a 20 second TV spot for it we saw that made it look somewhat interesting, and she’s into ghost stuff…so…yeah.
The show stars Avan Jogia, a name you won’t know unless your daughter was a huge fan of the teen show Victorious (starring Victoria Justice) a few years ago. He plays the son of a psychic who has inherited her ability to see and communicate with the spirits of the dead. At the shows start, he is back in his hometown, a small island town off the coast of Alaska, and he’s not very welcome, being seen as a freak who’s mom supposedly cursed the town somehow. People start mysteriously dying, and by the end of the episode it’s clear that the spirits of the dead have an axe to grind with the living on this island, and only Roman (Jogia’s character) can save everyone.
The production values are mediocre at best. There obviously wasn’t a huge SyFy funded budget for this series. The acting runs the range from good for TV to completely wooden. The story is full of loopholes and makes little sense so far. I’d pretty much write the entire thing off as a giant piece of crap except for one thing…the cast.
- Kim Coates is a major character
- Tim Guinee shows up for an episode as the sheriff
- Philip Granger has a recurring role
- Meat Loaf is a main character
- Vincent D’Onofrio is a preacher, also a main character, and to be honest, I thought HE was Meatloaf at first…man, he has not aged well.
Basically the cast is a whole bunch of people you recognize as secondary and supporting characters from all over TV and movies. I’m not sure how it’s possible that a show with this many competent experienced actors can be this bad…so I’m kind of hoping it was pilotitus and the show evens out a bit in the next couple of episodes. At the very least I’m going to hang on to see how D’Onofrio and Coates handle their roles.
I am by no means recommending the show however. Just thought I’d post my observations.