The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers to review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
The DC Streaming Service has been killing it for me to say the least. I really enjoyed Titans, I thought Doom Patrol was one of the best shows I have seen in many years, and now they are hitting another home run with Swamp Thing. Sadly however due to budget cuts, tax rebates, and various other production difficulties Swamp Thing was only around for 1 season. 10 episodes are all that exist currently. Now if you don’t have the streaming service. Warner is putting this out on Blu-ray for you to enjoy.
Swamp Thing centers around Alec Holland and Abby Arcane. Abby works for the CDC and is sent to a small swamp town out in Louisiana where people are suffering from some type of swamp virus. She used to live there so she has no problem returning and once there meets Alec Holland. Alec is a scientist who is also investigating the virus and believes it comes from a mutagen being dumped into the swamp. They find the body of one of the victims who all at once begins to sprout plant like tentacles and attack them. They burn him and escape only to find cases of the mutagen being dumped. Alec leaves Abby to try and track down more but is shot and blown up. As his boat sinks into the Swamp he is pulled under by various vines. He emerges a short time later as the Swamp Thing.
Much like in the comics he has the power of healing, controlling the swamp and the creatures around it, and as his heart is good he helps to defend the swamp against polluters. He re-teams with Abby in the hopes of stopping the company behind the dumping and to avenge his murder in some ways. The show featured many tropes from the comics. They treatment of land, the love and beauty of the swamp and the Swamp Things connection to protecting it. It even introduced Ghosts, evil corporations who want to dissect the Swamp Thing, various villains and even the Phantom Stranger, and a personal favorite of mine, The Blue Devil.
Sadly, as I stated it was cut short and ended after just 10 episodes out of a planned 13 so all the questions were left unanswered. The 10 episodes we got though were all amazing. A very different tone than the two films, and leaps and bounds more advanced than the previous series. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed all of that, but this was taking everything to another level. It was just a great show that unfortunately ended to lose ends that were never explained.
The special effects were amazing, this is the best I have seen Swamp Thing Look. The Blue Devil looked amazing. Much different than his comic book counterpart. This Devil was much more menacing, and really looked like a demon. It was fantastic. This is special effects on an entirely new level when it comes to television show production. The acting is top notch as well. It was such a great show. Hopefully it will get picked up somewhere else. I mean during the last Arrowverse crossover, “Crisis on Infinite Earths” we get to see Swamp Thing, Doom Patrol, and the Titans, so hopefully CW or maybe even HBO can bring this awesome show back to life.
Action packed, with a heavy rooted (no pun intended) horror vibe this is just a show that many people can enjoy all on different levels. Comic Book, horror, action, even drama fans will like this one. Even though it does not have a definitive ending pick it up and watch it. You will be glad you did.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!