“V Wars” review: Netflix does vampires on a budget
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This review will dent my credibility forever, but V-Wars is a show to be binged. Ten episodes in one sitting were no problem. I got through this show easier than The Irishman, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and The Crown. Clearly, I’ve got issues.
This is the thing: I know V Wars isn’t high-quality. Recently, I reviewed Apple TV+’s Truth Be Told and struggled to get through the first few episodes because of clunky acting and a cliche plot. V Wars has both and writing straight out of a Hollywood agent’s bin, yet I couldn’t stop watching.
B+ for effort
Firstly, this is why V Wars is entertaining: it knows what it is and goes with it. At no point is it trying to be award-winning — it’s svelte, focused, and serves up exactly what’s expected from a vampire show.
The cast and crew come together to give decent action sequences, moments of horror, and character depth. It’s a B+ for effort, and the only thing holding it back from a higher grade would be a better script and actors to deliver it.
Check out the official V Wars trailer below:
That B-movie vibe
The show is bloody, visual, and violent (on a budget). It isn’t suitable for young kids, but could end up becoming a sleeper hit with older teens and parents looking for something to watch.
This is the beauty of V Wars; it isn’t something you have to give 100 percent attention. You can look away for a few minutes and check your phone, or make a drink. Bigger shows demand your full attention. This is just TV-style fun, and Netflix desperately needed that.
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V-Wars verdict: Binge
- Streaming on Netflix
- Created by William Laurin and Glenn Davis
- Starring Ian Somerhalder, Adrian Holmes, and Jacky Lai
What you see in the first episode of V Wars is as good as the acting and writing get. If you can’t look beyond that, then all the blood and action later won’t improve the show for you.
V Wars is the perfect blend of cheese and horror (if you can call it that). It reminded me of classics like X-Files, Buffy, and even An American Werewolf in London. There’s a lot going on in the show, and despite it being on a budget, it’s well-paced across its seven-hour total binge time (all episodes are available now).
If looking for only high quality, skip V Wars. On the other hand, if you can look past its B-movie traits, there’s a show here that deserves a chance.
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