ORBzine - Ultraviolet TV Review


Season 1

Ultraviolet Ultraviolet [Season 1, Episode 1] Habeas Corpus
Shown 15/Sep/98

Written by the novelist Stephen Gallager , this is the best UK SF drama in a LONG time. Our hero (Jack Davenport - Pirates of the Caribbean ), is a detective for London Metropolitan Police. He is to be best man at the wedding of his partner Jack (Stephen Moyer - True Blood ). However, the night of the Stag do, their informant is murdered. The killer disappears, helped by the fact that he does not appear in photographs, mirrors or on videotape. Neither do his clothes, for some reason.

The groom-to-be disappears, and a group of Government Investigators (including Susannah Harker ) start asking questions about him. The hero has to choose which side he will take.

Ultraviolet Ultraviolet [Season 1, Episode 2] In Nomine Patris
Shown 22/Sep/98

Ex-cop Michael (Jack Davenport - Pirates of the Caribbean ) teams up with babe Angie ( Susannah Harker ) and token black guy Vaughn (Idris Elba - 28 Weeks Later ) to hunt vamps.

A blacked-out car is involved in a road-rage incident with a biker (Neil Maskey - Utopia ). The biker smashes one of the car's windows, and the sun's ultraviolet rays cause the driver to burst into flames.

The car is traced to the son of a powerful millionaire.

Vaughn delivers exposition about vampires. Anaesthetic does not work on them, so if one is injured by sunlight then they are in constant pain.

Ultraviolet Ultraviolet [Season 1, Episode 3] Sub Judice
Shown 29/Sep/98

A woman is mugged, but someone kills her attackers. Angie suspects it was a vampire, so the team investigate.

The show sometimes deals with hard-hitting issues, using the supernatural aspect to explore the issue through metaphor. This time the issue is abortion.

Ultraviolet Ultraviolet [Season 1, Episode 4] Mea Culpa
Shown 06/Oct/98

Ex-cop Jack Davenport ( Pirates of the Caribbean ) teams up with babe Susannah Harker and token black guy Idris Elba ( 28 Weeks Later ) to hunt vamps.

A 12-year-old boy knifes a Catholic priest. He displays other unnatural symptoms. Is he a vamp? Is it merely meningitis, or are paedophile priests on the prowl?

The previous episode used metaphor to deal with the issue of abortion. This time it is the turn of paedophilia.

Ultraviolet Ultraviolet [Season 1, Episode 5] Terra Incognita
Shown 13/Oct/98

Suspects are intercepted at Heathrow airport. They have arrived from Brazil, and may have something to do with the vampire master-plan.

Vaughn (Idris Elba - 28 Weeks Later ) goes hunting vamps. Unfortunately he finds himself locked up with four of them. The good news is that they are sealed in their coffins. The bad news is, the coffins are time-locked and they are slowly counting down. Normally we know that the protagonist will not come to serious harm, but supporting characters like the token black guy are much more vulnerable. Will Vaughn become a sacrificial lamb for the others to avenge?

The subplot involving Jack's widow Kirsty Maine ( Colette Brown ) takes a new twist. Since Michael has decided not to spend time with her any more, she has started to spend time with a new friend. He is a Journalist, Jacob Keanault (Thomas Lockyer), a conspiracy theorist who specialises in missing persons cases. Now Michael has to work out whether on not she has been turned.

Ultraviolet Ultraviolet [Season 1, Episode 6] Persona Non Grata
Shown 20/Oct/98

The priest interrogates the vampire that they have in custody. He is not an ancient from exotic Brazil. No, they sent a middle-aged Englishman. However, he is a doctor and he used to know Angie's husband.

The subplot involving Jack's widow Kirsty Maine ( Colette Brown ) becomes the mail plot. She has gone into hiding with the Journalist, Jacob Keanault (Thomas Lockyer). The leeches use her as a bargaining tool, intent on corrupting Michael and forcing him to cooperate.

The vampires' goal is to get Angie's husband back. As a medical scientist, he is part of their big plan.






Reviewed in our special supplement Ultraviolet

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