Synopsis: Mick St. John teaches us that vampires can't be killed with stakes, and they aren't allergic to holy water and garlic, but they do have perfect hair.
Review: Meet Mick St. John, PI. He's not a vampire with a soul, but he is a vampire with morals. Evidently most vampires think they're old fashioned. Logan Echolls...I mean, Josef Konstantin...remarks that he knows Mick has his "morals and scruples," but they don't seem to be important to Josef. Vampires (like all good monster tales except for the occasional slasher) are metaphors. Over their long literary history, vampires have been metaphors for a lot of different things. Not being able to select just one, Moonlight decided to throw in the whole kit and caboodle of traditional vampiric metaphors.
Some have complained that Jason Dohring's characterization of a several-hundred-year-old vampire was too immature. I thought it was absolutely brilliant. He brought a fun spark to each scene he was in. At first, Beth and Mick seemed set up for a romantic relationship down the road. Then they complicated it by the fact he's been watching out for her since she was a little girl. That makes any kind of romance a little creepy, but it's inevitable she'll discover he's a vampire eventually. (And did anyone else guess the little girl was Beth the instant they saw the photo in the flashback?)
Comparisons have and will be made with Angel and Veronica Mars. It's nice to have a vampire who's not broody and a detective who's not angsty. This series can rightly be called neo-noir--something initially attempted by Angel that the writers soon gave up on, and something often used to describe Veronica Mars, but the writers there were often mixing in other genre elements. The only thing Moonlight was missing to make it full blown film noir was fedoras. It even had a black-and-white-client-entering-PI's-door scene. I could have done without the silently disappearing shtick. I would like to see Moonlight take on cliches like this and twist them around Burn Notice style. (Is every show set in a big city about crime contractually required to frequently use night city skyline shots?)Moonlight's vampires have super smell and super hearing, and, of course, they heal really fast. With Mick's sense of justice, television has a new superhero. "No Such Thing as Vampires" was an excellent introduction to the series and had a decent plot that included very little supernatural elements but did explore occultism. The episode ended with an action-heavy last few minutes, and the season begins with an 8 out of 10.