V Wars: A Sci-Fi Horror Series Based on a Comic Book
V Wars is a 2019 American science fiction horror streaming television series that premiered on Netflix on December 5, 2019. The series is based on the anthology series and comic book of the same name by Jonathan Maberry. The series stars Ian Somerhalder, Adrian Holmes, Jacky Lai, Kyle Breitkopf, Peter Outerbridge, Kimberly-Sue Murray and Sydney Meyer.
The series follows the story of Dr. Luther Swann (Somerhalder), a scientist who enters a world of horror when a virus is released from ice melting due to climate change. The virus turns his best friend Michael Fayne (Holmes) and other humans into blood-sucking predators who feed on human blood when they get hungry. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing factions, potentially escalating to a future war between humans and vampires.
V Wars explores the themes of science, politics, morality, identity and survival in a post-apocalyptic scenario where humanity is threatened by a new kind of enemy. The series also features action, suspense, drama and romance as the characters struggle to cope with the changing world and their own personal conflicts.
V Wars received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, who praised the performances of the cast, especially Somerhalder and Holmes, but criticized the writing, pacing and clichÃ©s of the plot. The series was canceled after one season in March 2020.
V Wars is based on the comic book series of the same name by Jonathan Maberry, a New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner. Maberry is also the creator of the popular Joe Ledger series, a thriller franchise that features a covert military team that fights supernatural threats. Maberry also serves as an executive producer and writer for the V Wars series.
The series was developed by Glenn Davis and William Laurin, who also served as showrunners and executive producers. The series was produced by High Park Entertainment and IDW Entertainment, in association with Marada Pictures. The series was filmed in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, and featured a diverse cast of actors from different backgrounds and ethnicities.
The series used a combination of practical and digital effects to create the realistic and gruesome look of the vampires. The vampires in V Wars are not supernatural creatures, but rather humans who have been infected by a prion, a type of protein that causes diseases such as mad cow disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The prion alters the DNA of the infected humans, giving them enhanced strength, speed, senses and healing abilities, but also making them crave human blood and become sensitive to sunlight. The prion also affects different people in different ways, resulting in different types of vampires with different appearances and abilities.
V Wars consists of 10 episodes, each ranging from 37 to 57 minutes in length. The episodes are titled after famous poems or literary works that relate to the themes or events of the series. For example, the first episode is titled “Down with the Sickness”, after the song by Disturbed, which is also used in the opening credits. The second episode is titled “Blood Brothers”, after the musical by Willy Russell, which is about two brothers who are separated at birth and end up on opposite sides of a conflict. The third episode is titled “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”, after the poem by Emily Dickinson, which is about a person’s journey to the afterlife.
The series features many memorable scenes and moments that showcase the drama, horror and action of the story. Some of the most notable scenes include: the opening scene where Swann and Fayne are exposed to the virus in the Arctic; the scene where Fayne kills his first victim and realizes he has become a vampire; the scene where Swann’s son Dez is kidnapped by a vampire cult; the scene where Swann and Fayne have a tense confrontation at a diner; the scene where Mila Dubov, a vampire activist, gives a passionate speech at a rally; the scene where Jimmy Saint, a Native American vampire leader, performs a ritual to summon his ancestors; and the final scene where Swann and Fayne face off in a climactic battle.
The series has a large ensemble of characters and actors who bring them to life. Some of the most popular and praised characters and actors include: Ian Somerhalder as Dr. Luther Swann, a brilliant scientist and compassionate father who tries to find a cure for the virus and protect his son; Adrian Holmes as Michael Fayne, a charismatic and loyal friend who becomes the leader of the vampires and starts a revolution; Jacky Lai as Kaylee Vo, an investigative journalist who uncovers the truth about the virus and the government’s involvement; Laura Vandervoort as Mila Dubov, a Russian vampire who fights for peace and equality between humans and vampires; Kimberly-Sue Murray as Danika Dubov, Mila’s sister who becomes Fayne’s lover and ally; Sydney Meyer as Ava O’Malley, a young woman who joins Fayne’s cause and becomes his right-hand woman; Michael Greyeyes as Jimmy Saint, a Native American vampire who leads his own tribe and has a connection to nature; Kyle Breitkopf as Desmond “Dez” Swann, Luther’s son who is immune to the virus and has a special bond with vampires; Peter Outerbridge as Calix Niklos, a ruthless military leader who wants to exterminate all vampires; Kandyse McClure as Claire O’Hagan, a doctor who works with Swann and develops feelings for him; Greg Bryk as Bobby, a former soldier who becomes Swann’s friend and protector; Nikki Reed as Rachel Thompson, Swann’s ex-wife who is also a scientist.