TV Binge: From Dusk Till Dawn (Season 1)

Let’s get back to a proper TV binge! I’ve been meaning to watch From Dusk Till Dawn since it was released on Netflix but I can’t remember what made me put it aside for a while.  But then, my life last year was revolved around a lot of procrastination.  You’ll be seeing a lot of catching up on TV this year.

From Dusk Till Dawn is based on the movie written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez.  I haven’t seen that one as it expired from Netflix a few months ago and I never got around to seeing it.  Hopefully I’ll see it one day.  If you have seen it, did you like it?

From Dusk Till Dawn (Season 1)

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Creator: Robert Rodriguez

Cast: D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Wilmer Valderrama, Jesse Garcia, Eiza Gonzalez, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo, Robert Patrick

The Gecko Brothers, Seth and Richard are back and they just robbed a bank of $30 million of bearer bonds.  They need to make their way across the border to Mexico where they will meet up with Carlos who will reward them with a chance to El Rey.  However, due to the younger brother, Richard’s visions causing his mental instability, they end up hitting a few snags.  This leads them to have Sheriff department’s office, Freddie Gonzalez to go rogue and be hot on their trail and eventually joining with an ex-pastor, Jacob Fuller and his daughter, Katie and adopted son, Scott who are taking a family trip away as they become their captives.

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From Dusk Till Dawn has a ten episode Season 1 run on Netflix.  There are some good and bad things about this one.  Overall, I definitely enjoyed watching it because the concept and the ideas are really creative and I like their take of vampires and mixing in some, what I think is, Mexican gods/goddesses.  Its definitely different and so much more cool than say, the bottom of the barrel and sparkling vampires.  You know, just saying…  Plus, the season is pretty much split into two parts.  The first part is about the Gecko brothers escaping to Mexico and the reveal of everyone’s problems and just building up the stories so we understand the characters better, especially when there’s technically 4 simultaneous stories going on which eventually converge together as we head into the second part which is when things really go bad and its the reveal of the vampires here.

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The story itself might be where it falls short a little.  I can’t quite pinpoint what didn’t work so well but I knew that there were moments where I didn’t really care much for what would happen next.  The plot seemed to be a little inconsistent in pace.  At times, it would reel me in and I’d want to know what was going on, probably because certain characters had more meaningful development and connection than others, whereas other times, I just couldn’t wait for the episode to end so that I could close it and watch it again.  The latter occurred more in the first part.  The second part was a lot more intense and fast paced and made this a little more memorable and fun. Except the character of Santanico drove me crazy because this actress overemphasized too much on how she talked.  It got REALLY annoying.

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Overall, From Dusk Till Dawn isn’t any time spectacular but it does have a lot of good moments.  There are some characters that I did connect and start liking their development and the whole premise was creative and a refreshing take (because I never saw the original, I guess).  The cast does a fine job with what they have and the second half is a lot stronger than the first part of the series.  Still, I look forward to seeing what From Dusk Till Dawn whips up for the second season, which is supposed to air in late summer of 2015. Consider me slightly excited for it 🙂

Have you seen this series, From Dusk Till Dawn? Did you see the movie in 1996? If you did, how do they compare?

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15 thoughts on “TV Binge: From Dusk Till Dawn (Season 1)

  1. I very much like this movie… Specially when Hayek performed her eye-catching dance and placed her feet in Quentin’s mouth to pour a whiskey. What a bombastic gurl!

    I haven’t seen the series version yet as this is not yet shown in the Philippines and Netflix is not yet available in our country as well. Aaargh!

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