Monday 12 June 2023

TV Review: Mayfair Witches (2023) (Fantasy Thriller)

Mayfair Witches
8 episodes
Fantasy Thriller
ABC iView

Based on Anne Rice's series, a young neurosurgeon discovers that she is the unlikely heir to a family of witches. Grappling with her newfound powers, she must contend with a sinister presence that has haunted her family for generations. (Synopsis)

The Mayfair Witches was okay, but not as good as the recent associated adaptation of Interview with the Vampire. Although I remember liking the books well enough when I read them in my teens, the story of the Mayfair witches didn't thrill me as much or stick with me as much as those of Anne Rice's vampires either, which may also be a factor in my enjoyment of the TV series. I found the pacing of this series a bit all over the place, with interesting scenes interspersed with slow, plodding ones. I also didn't feel any the chemistry/attraction I think was needed between Rowan and Lasher. On the plus side, it was a visually pleasing show with a dark Gothic edge and I thought the movement of the narrative between past and present worked well. Overall, I am giving this show 3.5 stars. I might watch on, but I won't be racing to do so.

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