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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

TV Show Review: Swamp Thing: Season 1

Swamp Thing: Season 1
Network: CW, Oct 8, 2020
Exec. Producers: James Wan, Mark Verheiden, Gary Dauberman, Michael Clear, Len Wiseman
Cast: Crystal Reed, Andy Bean, Derek Mears, Virginia Madsen, Henderson Wade, Maria Sten
Genre: Action & Adventure, Superhero fiction, Horror fiction, Drama
Original Network: DC Universe, May 31, 2019
While looking into an epidemic in her Louisiana hometown, CDC investigator Abby Arcane discovers that the local swamps hold numerous secrets after her partner seemingly dies and transforms into Swamp Thing.

Let me start by saying I haven't read DC's Swamp Thing comics. So I don't know what's cannon.

I decided not to review Swamp Thing after watching the first episode. I wasn't sure how I felt and wanted to give it a few more episodes...then I watched episode 2. Oh yeah, this is my kind of show.

Episode 1 is slow. They have to set up the characters and you find out who becomes the Swamp Thing and why. In episode 2 we jump right into the dark, supernatural side of the show. This is pure drama, horror, creepy, action stuff. Think Supernatural without the funny parts. But that's okay! We are losing Supernatural soon, and while this isn't the same, it can soften the blow.

Swamp Thing was made for the DC Universe streaming service which failed. Leaving it and many other shows homeless. Most went to HBO but the CW bought Swamp Thing. It is obvious it wasn't made for network TV. Lots of cussing (which is censored) and some pretty intense violence which might be censored a bit. There is a high creep factor! Even I got the heebie-jeebies.

I am looking forward to watching more and hope there will be another season!

4.5 "Swamp" Sheep


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