Pilot Review: From Dusk Till Dawn

“Since time began we have lived…”

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 5.33.18 PMSince Australia has been given the gift of Netflix I find myself branching out and finding new shows to watch that I might not have considered.

Today’s pilot review is looking at From Dusk Till Dawn. (Watch it here)

The show opens with an ominous voice over hinting at the mystery to come… A fairly standard introduction, but it gets the message across.

What follows is a kind of prologue thing. A girl is thrown in a snake pit by some tribal characters of unknown origins, I suspect South America because of the brief shot of jungle life and said snake pit. The girl is pretty upset about the whole snake pit thing, unsurprisingly, but the tribal warriors just watch with very cranky expressions. I was shocked and appalled to watch the poor girl have one of the snakes crawl inside her mouth.

The rest of the show takes a very different turn. We meet Earl and Frederico, the Texas rangers. We flip between the past and the present and we get to know the characters. Frederico is a sweet family man who just wants to get his kid baptised. Meanwhile Earl is old and sardonic, he seems to be counting down the rest of the good days of his life.

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Our antagonists are the Gecko brothers; the older more suave one has recently escaped jail care of his younger brother, who seems to see things no one else does.

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Though the show is set up for the supernatural it’s not necessarily the most obvious path.

This show has a flair for the dramatic and definitely has my hair standing up. Full disclosure, I’m easily scared by television, so am not a good judge of what is scary.

The Gecko brothers have stolen a lot of money and are on their way out of the country when by chance the rangers happen to stop by the liquor store that the brothers are holding up. Earl gets shot and the pilot episode focuses on this interaction.

Though this show seems to tick off every ‘southern America’ stereotype box I’ve ever heard of it does have a really great vibe. There a lots of symbolic, almost photographic, shots and the acting is fantastic.

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The show has a two star rating on Netflix Australia so far, but I’m inclined to think this is because of the slightly odd, slightly niche way the show seems to fit in. It’s definitely not for everyone.

By the end of the pilot it’s clear where the show is going. This is a show about vengeance. Though we haven’t yet seen much of the supernatural, there are plenty of moments throughout that hint of what’s to come.

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Highlights include: Fez from That 70s Show as a drug lord and a fantastic slow mo shootout in a liquor store.

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All pics screencapped from Netflix

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