Mockingbird Lane, all that and a bag of hearts!
Mockingbird Lane (1:Pilot) Surprise, surprise! I never thought I’d say this but, I freaking enjoyed this show. I admit that there were some some harsh commentaries about NBC’s reboot of the Munsters–I thought that it would be a busted pilot, and it wasn’t. The show was successful in finding a balance between being a campy rendition of a goofy 60s classic while harnessing the familiar charm of the original series encompassing all the modern fantastic of the 21st century. NBC passing Mockingbird Lane as just a “pilot” episode without future episodes planned is indeed a HUGE mistake.
The show started out like a horror film–scouts camped out around a campfire telling scary tales when a werewolf begins to wreck havoc and scare everyone. Only this time, it turned out to be “Eddie Munster “(Mason Cook) a werewolf who wants to be vegetarian. Jerry O’Connell‘s “Herman,” constructed from many human and mechanical parts, wants to keep the one thing that stores all the love of his wife and family, his broken heart. Herman’s wife Lily (Portia de Rossi) is a beautiful vampire who shape shifts from room to room and adores her family. “Grandpa” (Eddie Izzard), on the other hand, is a blood thirsty vampire who morphs into this massive blood-thirsty bat, and make cookies tainted with his blood and gives the cookies to unsuspecting neighbors to turn them into his vampire thralls. In addition to “Grandpa” insisting upon using Eddie’s camp counselor as Herman’s heart donor, he just wants the rest to be lunch.
Marilyn (Charity Wakefield) the only normal member of the Munster family and did not get a well deserved introduction in the pilot. Just as it is with “Lily” character, there just wasn’t enough of both to get a full view of their character potential in one episode of the show. It is obvious that Izzard’s “Grandpa Munster” stole the show–overall the entire clan is just perfect in this appropriately funny and weirdly entertaining television show.
Mockingbird Lane was more than a “Halloween special.” It has a little something for everyone. Tastefully macabre entertainment. Hopefully it will gain a season order so we can watch additional episodes. It would be a shame to see all that brilliance go to waste.
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