Pilot Review – The Gates

The Gates

ABC is premiering a new drama, The Gates, tonight at 10/9c. Megan and I have both watched the premiere episode, and want to give our opinions on whether or not you should watch. Read on for the show description and our 2, uh, 4 cents!

Press Release – Nestled inside a private mountain community are The Gates. The image of perpetual suburban bliss, each street is lined with perfectly manicured homes protected by the massive iron gates, but a dark and delicious secret is buried just beneath the surface of this picturesque neighborhood. Like most families that settle inside The Gates, the Monahans are unmoored from a complicated life they abandoned in Chicago. Named the new police chief of The Gates, Nick Monahan is expecting a change of pace in this quiet suburb. Nick’s wife, Sarah, and their children, Charlie and Dana, are embarking on new adventures as well. Their house is to die for, but amidst the excitement, Sarah is still burdened with the revelation that her husband may not be the man she thought he was. Charlie and Dana will also face some challenges of their own: Along with navigating the trials and tribulations of adolescence, they’ll also face the daunting task of fitting into their new upscale school, where their new friends run in tight-knit packs. There’s something very different about this place, almost… haunting. Unions will be complicated by friends with unnatural influence, insatiable housewives will struggle with ravenous cravings, and teenagers will be cursed with keeping their beastly instincts in check. The Monahans are facing an uncertain fate. Nick is about to be tangled up in a mystery where he will begin to piece together the dark truth about their new home, and the supernatural elements that lurk behind the shadows of The Gates.

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The show stars: Chandra West (John from Cincinnati, NYPD Blue) as Devon, Colton Haynes as Brett Crezski, Frank Grillo (The Kill Point, Prison Break, Blind Justice) as Nick Monohan, Janina Gavankar (The L Word) as Leigh Turner, Justin Miles as Marcus Jordan, Luke Mably as Dylan Radcliff, Marisol Nichols (24, In Justice) as Sarah Monahan, Rhona Mitra (Boston Legal, The Practice) as Claire Radcliff, Skyler Samuels as Andie Bates, Travis Caldwell as Charlie Monohan & Victoria Platt (Guiding Light) as Peg Mueller.

Jenny’s Thoughts – Vampires are all the rage these days, what with The Twilight Saga movies & books, True Blood and The Vampire Dairies. ABC is definitely trying to get in on the action, featuring not only vamps, but werewolves, as well. By the end of the premiere episode, I had a strong feeling this was very much like a DARK, supernatural version of Desperate Housewives. The cast is great in this show. Rhona Mitra knocks it out of the park as someone who can’t control their urges, and I loved Travis Caldwell as Charlie, & Frank Grillo as Nick. Both of them got plenty of screentime, although I also loved Marisol Nichols, who didn’t get nearly enough time in the spotlight for my taste. As for the storyline, it really is a mix of Desperate Housewives, Twilight, and The Vampire Diaries. The neighborhood dynamics reminds me of Housewives, while the supernatural elements remind me of the other two. I enjoyed the cast and the storyline, and was left with questions and worries at the end of the episode, which to me means good TV! On the negative, it is VERY dark. At least in this first episode, there wasn’t a lot of happy lightness to the show. If every episode is this dark and dreary, they may lose viewers.

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Megan’s Thoughts – I have to agree totally with Jenny. It was a very dark episode, and whether that was to set us up for a dramatic season, or not I was intrigued. I found it interesting, and twisted, everything that’s good about True Blood without the nudity. The cast of the show is superb and I loved Colton Haynes as the werewolf football player. I found the supernatural done very well in this show, it wasn’t corny. I admire the risk ABC is willing to take with the dark tone of this show and I hope that the viewers reward them for it. It’s dark, it’s dramatic, it’s sinfully delicious and I’ll be watching… will you?

Don’t forget to watch The Gates tonight at 10/9c on ABC!

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