Picking up where Season One closed out is the Second Season DVD boxed set of Lifetime Television’s “Blood Ties”. For those that are joining us in the middle of the movie; let’s recap and fill you in on the fact that the show is Crime Drama meets Bram Stoker. A little bit of your conventional detective mystery with a deliciously devilish vampire bite taken out of it. When the show originally ran on the Lifetime Network I never caught an episode so I enjoyed having the chance to absorb the whole first season in a couple of days sitting and now with the assistance of the second season set can learn just how the story played out. I mentioned enjoying the long cancelled “Moonlight” on CBS just as it was picking up steam and the premise of “Blood Ties” is rather interesting for a television show.
The series continues to follow the adventures of private investigator Vicky Nelson who while no longer a member of the Police Force sometimes works with their officials on matters that are a little harder to explain. Christina Cox plays Nelson and her vampire ally is Henry Fitzroy (played by Kyle Schmid). Together the pair bravely explores the night air solving mysteries that your conventional Crime Scene Investigators would stymie them. The first season found them against the living dead, voodoo powers and more. This time around they face shape shifters, demons, killer bugs and psychic serial killers and with that host of horrors you just have to think that the team has their work cut out for them. It’s a thrilling ride into the dark cave that you are not supposed to go inside without a flashlight or steel will and while some stories are left unsolved there are others that reach a final conclusion most dire. I liked the first season quite a bit and can safely inform the more skittish viewers that there are no real vivid depictions of blood and gore even though this is some minor violence or “action” depending on your view of that. This was a Lifetime TV show after all and as result there are no off-color comments and bad language to worry about in case the little ones are watching with you. The characters work well for a prime time broadcast of this type and the stories are rather interesting to see played out, even if you might be able to figure out a couple of the mysteries just before the final “Monk moment” that they have that ties the whole story together. I guess my long time viewership of the various C.S.I.’s, Monk, & Columbo shows have given me a bit of an edge over the years. We’re not going to ruin the actual episodes for you here so no fear of spoilers in this narrative but we shall say that the story does end with a bit of a cliffhanger that perhaps we will one day see the conclusion of.
The show is based on the “Blood Book” novels by Tanya Huff who was a big fan of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and other similar programs before she came up with the idea for the series. Perhaps you would enjoy it if you are a fan of those kinds of terrifying treats and shows like “True Blood” or maybe even “Dexter”. Granted the latter reference is not exactly vampire related even though the premise is ghoulish. The First Season set found thirteen episodes on four DVD’s and the Second Season completes the full run of 22 filmed shows on three DVD’s. It is packaged in the same decorative case with a clear plastic sleeve. I’ve long appreciated the full season show releases based on the fact that one doesn’t need to suffer through mass amounts of commercials and can be on top of the show in a couple of days if the time to sit in front of the TV is available. Like the first season, this season has easily navigated menus and a scant amount of bonus features. This time around it is limited to a Photo Gallery and Season One Trailer. Since this “finishes” the series for the most part one can only wonder if it will be picked up again and give us more of these characters adventures. One can only hope since the need for vampire shows has not waned in the public eye given the massive popularity of the “Twilight” movies, the “True Blood” HBO series and the fact that these kinds of stories take us to worlds that don’t truly exist……or do they? It currently runs in syndication on a number of television stations around the world and I am sure that Lifetime airs it very often in the middle of the night. The show ended in April 2008 and that’s been some time so I would not hold too much faith in its returning. At least you have the DVD’s to take you away for a little while.
1. Wild Blood
4. The Devil You Know
5. Drawn And Quartered
7. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
8. We’ll Meet Again
12. Deep Dark