This review is based on the 2 episode series premiere which aired on 9/23/16
The other month we had a sneak preview of the pilot for Van Helsing, which left me sourly disappointed. Well, thats not fair, I wasn't expecting much to begin with. Not even because of the lack of originality of the premise, but mostly because of that godawful 2004 movie by the same title which still makes me writhe, on occasion. So when the pilot turned out to be The Walking Dead, in a single building, with hints of the Strain and Dominion, my initial thoughts were, "Well, this ain't going to survive 2 seasons".
HOWEVER....!!! However, he says.
Episode 2 was fantastic o__o. So how does that even work? In episode one, we get to see all of one building, annoying characters, unintelligent vampire-esque creatures, and paranoia. In episode 2 (an entire flashback episode) we see the world as it is now (and daylight!), fun, likeable characters with good development scenes, intelligent vampires, including the extremely sexy Laura Mennell (you may remember her from Alphas), and the beginning of the end of the world. And as they'd have it, it turns out Vampires did not lead the world into apocalypse -- which is a fun little twist.
But the end of episode 2, leads into where the end of 1 left us off. So now we're back to a building, paranoid jerks, and midnless vampires. However, this time around we know the show has a lot more to offer. Somehow, it comes to 4 stars, because I really enjoyed the ingenuity of episode 2.