Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: "Ravenwolf Towers": Episodes 2 & 3

Yours truly, decided to do something different for this latest “Ravenwolf Towers review. Since I had some spare time on my hands, I watched episodes 2 and 3 of the series back to back and decided to combine the episodes 2 and 3 into one review.

Episode 2 “Bonds of Blood” follows Jake as he is starting to form a romance with the beauty Mary. But unknown to him, she is an immortal matriarch and the source of the mysterious happenings in “Ravenwolf Towers”. He soon get helps from an investigator who is looking to the mysterious disappearance happening at the apartment complex.

“Episode 3 “Secret in the Wall” follows Jake and Ivan as they begin looking into the history of “Ravenwolf Towers. While they are investigating, one of its residents Dr. Locra has hired a private investigator to find out why and who hired Ivan to find out the reasons for the disappearances at the apartment complex. She quickly finds out some of the secrets that haunt this place.

Going into episode 2 “Bonds of Blood” and episode 3 “Secret in the Wall, I didn’t know what to expect after the surprise twist at the end of episode one. It didn’t have any surprising things happening here until the last episode but still these were two very good episodes.

Director Charles Band is very good here again with his direction he continues the job that he did with episode one. What I liked about with the way that he doesn’t get too crazy with the direction or action. Episode 2 and 3 as they both felt more gothic than the first episode as it focuses more on the characters than the happenings at the hotel. He manages to make sure the scenes strike a dark tone that it makes you feel you’re in this demented world. It made each of the episode move at a good pace. The other thing that I liked was the fact that there was more emphasis on the acting side episode 2 and more story on episode 3. Band does a great job making sure the performances are very good as both Shiloh Crevelling and Evan Henderson were very good in making their characters being the focus each of the two episodes as the performances are helping his series becoming very good to watch.

Roger Barton’s screenplay was also good here. I liked how he makes sure that he goes more into the two main characters of the series. It makes them interesting as I don’t what the endgame is for each of them. It’s one of the things that makes this show work very well. I also liked how he started to integrate past full moon characters into the story. It helps add to the oddness tone that this series is going for. The other major thing that the screenplay does well was the way the action is handled in both of the episodes. Barton does a good job making sure that isn’t much of that as he goes for more of the story aspect and the main plot line of the series. It allows for the main characters to be the forefront of the story instead of having some random gory kill scenes that take away the focus of the story. That’s what makes a chamber drama like this work so well and keeps coming back for more. It also helped that the last scene of episode three gets me excited for the future chapters of the series.

With three episodes down, this series is starting shape like this is going to be equally as good or better than Full Moon’s last series “Trophy Heads”. Ravenwolf Towers” is quickly becoming one those series that is can’t miss on TV or VOD as its dark and creep as hell.

Review Rating: Five Stars

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