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'Blood Ties: Season Two'
(Kyle Schmid, Dylan Neal, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / (2006) 2009 / Vivendi Entertainment)

Overview: Blood Ties Season 2 picks up with Vicky Nelson and Henry Fitzroy being drawn into baffling cases involving a terrifying pantheon of occult adversaries. While Henry deals with Christina, the vampire from Henry's past who turned him into a Vampire 480 years ago.

DVD Verdict: I love this series. I wish it was still going. It is always a shame when a great series is cancelled. I'm just glad I have it to watch over and over. Great actors and the writers had great imaginations. And I love it when the vampire is the good guy.

Indeed, Kyle Schmid as vampire Henry Fitzroy is most definitely the hottest vampire ever ... whether on the big screen or the small. This show was funny, it had action, great chemistry between its characters and it was never given a chance by LifetimeTV. It ended with such a cliffhanger I figured we'd at least get a TV movie to tie things up, but we never got a thing.

The show was based on Tanya Huff's Blood Books, but the show was far superior to the books. In the UK the whole show was sold as one set of DVDs. They needed to wring a few more bucks out of us here in the US, but that's okay.

Something explored on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and also on "Twilight" are the repercussions of a human and vampire working together. And although the cases remained the same, it seemed as if each week, the same usual things were being played out with reptition. Mind you, in truth, and as far as the episodes go, they are entertaining - with some episodes nice, dark and filled with action.

That all said, the series actually improves as it goes along, with the final episodes packing some incredibly powerful dramatic punches. Plus, it's often very funny, because all the actors playing the major characters have terrific comic timing, and the comic dialogue sparkles.

And I have to stand up and say that 'Blood Ties' protagonist Vicki Nelson (Christina Cox) is a strong positive role model for women through her physicality, self-reliance despite disability, and intelligence.

Mind you, in conclusion, it also has to be said that 'Blood Ties' reminded me of the series "Supernatural" except it is a vampire that is one of the hunters, of course! Indeed, I think anyone who likes "Supernatural" will like this series. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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