For fans of TV, it is ironic that the company that seems to be revolutionizing how we watch it is Netflix, which isn’t even a network at all. The internet company has pretty much singlehandedly been responsible for the new fad of binge watching: watching an entire season of a show in a relatively short period of time as opposed to watching week to week like in traditional network television. But now instead of just streaming shows that have already aired, Netflix is producing its own shows and reviving fan favorite shows that were cancelled like Arrested Development and The Killing. One of their original shows is Hemlock Grove and Season One is seeing its Blu-ray debut this week.
Hemlock Grove Pennsylvania is a small town whose future is uncertain after the town’s steel mill closed. The remaining population are either out of work and poor or very wealthy. When two local teenage girls are brutally murdered, a local teen, Peter (Landon Liboiron) is suspected by some of the townsfolk. He is also rumored to be a werewolf, which would be ridiculous if it weren’t true. But in order to clear his name Peter sets out to discover who the actual murderer is along with the heir to the local Godfrey Estate, Roman (Bill Skarsgård).
Hemlock Grove is an interesting show that is an intriguing mixture of various genres including crime drama, horror and thriller. Both Liboiron and Skarsgård are very good as are the adults in the show portrayed by Famke Janssen, Dougray Scott and Lili Taylor among others. The makeup and effects work are very good and quote astonishing to behold, although there is considerably less horror content in the show that I was expecting. Still, the storylines are interesting and the whole dynamic of a town that has urban legends regarding supernatural creatures but actually DOES have them is an interesting premise as well. It’s an intriguing show that shows a lot of promise going into the second season.
The Shout Factory Blu-ray transfer is excellent with a beautiful picture that even handles the many night scenes well and a pretty active audio track for a TV show. Hemlock Grove: Season One is a solid season of a show that has a lot of promise in what it may become. Definitely worth checking out.
Available October 7, 2014 on Blu-ray and DVD.