"Blood Ties" DVD Review: It's All About the Chemistry
There’s no doubt about it. Vampires are hot right now.
If only they’d been this hot in 2006…
Then maybe “Blood Ties” would have had a fighting chance of surviving on the air. Because it certainly would make it now—if it wasn’t once again banished to late night on Lifetime.
Thankfully, we’re able to relive this underrated show with the release of “Blood Ties: The Complete Series” on DVD.
In order to have a good vampire story, you have to have a compelling lead vampire who’s sexy and scary all at the same time. And “Ties,” which is based on the best-selling novels by Tanya Huff, definitely has it in Kyle Schmid. His Henry Fitzroy oozes charm and sexiness at every turn, while never losing his mysterious edge.
A good vampire story also needs a good central mortal. If it’s a woman, she’s usually a damsel in distress, but that is not the case with Vicki Nelson (the awesome Christina Cox). Vicki is a former cop turned private investigator, who is not afraid to take on the bad guys despite her degenerative eye condition. She teams up with Henry when the supernatural starts running loose in Toronto.
The spice to this vampire story is a love triangle involving Henry, Vicki and Vicki’s former partner/boyfriend Mike Celluci (Dylan Neal). Mike is totally skeptical of Henry’s motives, not to mention a little jealous of the obvious sparks between Henry and Vicki.
The supernatural stories can get really out there and often wrap up in a “Quantum Leap” fashion. But the love triangle and the chemistry between the three leads never fail and really make the show work.
The DVD set contains all 22 episodes of the first and second seasons. Plus, there’s a behind-the-scenes documentary that displays even more the chemistry that made the show special…and very much missed.
“Blood Ties: The Complete Series” (SRP $39.99) is available now…
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