I Woke Up a Vampire Season 1 Review
Netflix’s kid-friendly supernatural mystery disappoints
Pilot – | Review Score – 2/5
Power Play – | Review Score – 2/5
Mirror Mirror – | Review Score – 2.5/5
Siblings – | Review Score – 2.5/5
Family Tree – | Review Score – 2/5
Creature Feature – | Review Score – 2/5
Uncovered – | Review Score – 2.5/5
The Musical – | Review Score – 3/5
Carmie Henley, the central character of supernatural thriller I Woke Up a Vampire, finds out on her thirteenth birthday that she possesses a wide range of supernatural abilities. She learns from her closest friend, Kev, that she is a Vampling, a hybrid of a human and a vampire.
Carmie, being relatively young at the time, doesn’t take the gravity of her situation seriously. However, a vampire hunter named Dylan proves to be a threat. Carmie must now make a life-changing choice while juggling her responsibilities at school, in her mystical universe, and in protecting her family.
The storyline of the show appears suitable for a young female middle school audience. The Vampire Diaries and Sabrina the Teenage Witch appear to have served as inspiration for the show. However, it has been tweaked for a younger audience. The friendship displayed among the characters appears to be the most striking feature of the show. Considering the target audience of the show is high school students, its appropriateness and effectiveness for this demographic are evident.
A prominent criticism I have is the lack of exploration and development of the supernatural elements within the show, which is notably absent throughout the entirety of this particular season. The mythical storyline as a whole takes a back seat to the everyday problems the characters face. The available information regarding supernatural beings is primarily limited to superficial aspects, and the exploration of the world remains largely insufficient.
Moreover, there appears to be a lack of originality throughout the season. These supernatural entities have been previously seen on other shows, and little to no changes have been made to help them stand out here. We can overlook it a little, though, as this is a children’s show. We cannot, however, justify the show’s utter failure to hold our attention due to its convoluted plot and flimsy character arcs. Additionally, the story progresses extremely slowly, losing momentum as a consequence.
The show’s characters aren’t exactly likeable, either. Carmie’s fatal flaw is that she tends to treat things too casually. In addition, she approaches most things with a childish demeanor. The current antagonist, Dylan, lacks the charm necessary for this role. That said, the side kick, Kev, seems to be a good fit. We can give them a pass because they are high school students, but that doesn’t change the fact that we don’t feel connected to any of the characters. Additionally, the actors playing the roles don’t impress. They’re not fantastic, but the plot doesn’t require them to be, so it’s not too much of a problem.
As a whole, the show doesn’t offer much substance in comparison to other kid-friendly content. Moreover, the supernatural realm is rather unoriginal and lacking in mystery, to be honest. The storyline is uninteresting, the characters are flat, and the mythology is underexplored, so you can easily steer clear of this one.
Verdict - 3.5/10