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Diana Bishop ( Teresa Palmer ), a historian, has tried to deny her heritage as a witch. She discovers a long-lost manuscript much sought-after by demonic forces.
Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode - Watchmen ) is a vampire who happens to be a geneticist, or perhaps the other way round. He needs to find the magic book in order to solve its mysteries. The characters find it necessary to enter into a forbidden team-up.
This is based on the first book in the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness .
This starts in Venice. A tweenage boy hooks up with a mixed-race supermodel-looking girl. Unfortunately one of them is a vampire. Is this fem-jep, or is the victim just a piece of meat that we have no compassion for?
Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode - Watchmen ) goes to visit a friendly demon who lives in the Scottish Highlands. The plan is to go deer-hunting, without a rifle. This allows some lovely helicopter footage of the landscape, which is a nice counterpoint to the spactacular photography of the medieval Oxbridge Uni buildings the show is filmed at.
Diana Bishop ( Teresa Palmer ) is under pressure from the witches. They want the book so they can un-make the vampire species. However, Clairmont has discovered that all magical species are in decline. As illustrated in the previous episode, some Vampires are now incapable of siring new vamps.
Matthew has a not-a-date with Diana Bishop ( Teresa Palmer ). All this does is invite unfavourable comparisons with other shows. It lacks the action-comedy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer , the more serious action of police procedural Ultraviolet , the romance of the Twilight series, and anything else that would make it exciting. A lack of interesting characters and plot mean it is barely watchable.
Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode - Watchmen ) takes Diana Bishop ( Teresa Palmer ) to France. This is not a romantic getaway, although he does take her to meet his mother - Ysabeau de Clermont ( Lindsay Duncan ).
The Witches want the magic book for themselves, or at least to prevent Matthew and the Vamps from getting it. They make an official complaint to the Congregation, a secret council of vampire and witch elders, about his association with a witch. The Congregation's factions are divided by in-fighting, but they send the sidekick from DaVinci's Demons to investigate.
Matthew tells Diana that her parents were murdered by other Witches. Yes, now she has the Inigo Montoya motivation for a subplot.
The star-crossed lovers finally consumate their forbidden relationship. This completely ignores the age gap - she is about twenty-five, he is fifty going on two thousand. Also, there is their complete lack of chemistry to think about. This is the poor version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Twilight .