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8.5 LOL WTFH
A bad show made down right depressing for someone who enjoyed the books. All I can wonder is why it's so SO bad and whether we are seeing a author sell out or he got used.
Let me give you an gamer example, FABLE 3 Bad FABLE FRICKEN 3 BAD! T_T *course I'm assuming Microsoft didn't throw millions at this but hey the example holds.
On an ironic note fable 3 was rated 8.5 by ign.
For u none gamers out there, in all seriousness if your a fan of the books don't even bother with the first episode of this it hurts worse than simple low production costs can account for.
And if your not well...honestly I still say don't waste your time I'm not a big fan of wasting time ...lol ya I am just not by watching trash.moreless
Another great show killed by a moronic station
I freely admit I had not read Jim Butcher's Dresden series before I watched the TV show so I didn't have any preconceived notions of what the show should be like. I loved the show! I then read the books and yes the show was different - that's what "based on" means, people. Who wants to see a re-hashing of the novels if you've already read them? Yes it would have been nice to have Harry do more magic; but, if you've heard what the writers/producers of the show were saying they were working with a very tight budget. I love both and can accept both as they are. Maybe if the SyFy channel had given the show a chance we would have seen more of the book characters coming into play and more magic. But we are talking about a station that's now showing wrestling - what the heck does that have to do with science fiction!moreless
I believe the complaint everyone has is that it doesn't match the storyline in the book exactly,
which is completely true.
I think of the series as a side story rather then a part of the novels.
Lets be fair, do you really think that could cover the werewolf novel properly in a movie.
I mean three different types of werewolves and all the required CGI, animatronix, and make-up as well as the costumes.
You would still have to deal with all the explosions.
Seriously people there is no one who could exactly do it right.
I remember one novel series, they finally did a artwork book for it, and the artist was repeatedly told that he got the coloring wrong for a certain character.
He then looked through the entire series and realized that there was not a single description on the character's color.moreless
Harry Dresden: Wizard and Supernatural PI who advertises in the Yellow Pages and helps Chicago's finest to solve unusual cases. Awesome!!!
Awesome Show!!! Even though the TV series didn't go by the books it was good enough to stand on it's own. I can believe that they cancelled the show. Ever since GE purchased the Sci Fi Channel, it has been going downhill and good shows are being cancelled. The worst thing is that they brought wrestling to the channel. WRESTLING??? What the hell has Wrestling got to do with Science Fiction??? Absolutely nothing!!! I have also noticed that they are influenced by religion. So if the religious leaders don't like a show (like The Dresden Files, which shows magic being used for the good of mankind) it gets cancelled, even though a lot of people might like it. I am no longer an avid fan of The Sci Fi Channel anymore and until they bring back shows like The Dresden Files I never will be.moreless
A shame.. Truly. I could tell from the depth of the character history that this story has more to it than is being shown to us. In fact, the flashbacks and history explanations were the only things that got me through the first half.
And yes, I said first half because life is too short to watch any more of this garbage. From the reviews and comments I've read online the author of these books must be deeply disappointed at what has befallen his beloved characters. A main 'wizard' who only seems to be able to perform the simplest of magics but for some reason seems to have a hidden room devoted to it. The ghost tells him to use a locator spell to find the boy in the first 15 minutes. Yet he just seems to drag his feet in finding the boy, while bird people are doing who-knows-what to him. I'm not even going to start on the side-characters. 'Ripped straight out of a cheap tv-movie' would be a compliment to them. It feels cheap, crappy and only useful for people that have never picked up a book, and have let their imagination dry up. I mean honestly? How slow of a plot do you need to get something so simple?moreless
A very, very, very bad adaptation of the excellent Dresden Files novels by Jim Butcher.
Despite having great material to work from, Sci-Fi chose to allow the people in charge of this show to go so far away from cannon that they should have called it something else.
Beyond using the names of the characters and the basic premise of a wizard living openly in Chicago the show is nothing like the novels.
I strongly urge everyone NOT to pre-judge the novels based on this show. I also urge Sci-Fi, or SyFy, and all other tv and movie makers to use 'Extremely loosley related to' and/or 'Inspired by' instead of 'Based Upon', it's just more honest.moreless
Allthough the novels of Jim Butcher were much better, as with all shows adapted from novels, The Dresden Files was a great show. A Shame that it had to end so soon. Harry Dresden is the main character, a wizard detective.
The Dresden files is a magick show, based on Jim Butchers Novels. It is a decent adaptation, but not nearly ass good as could have been. The cast is nothing special, except for Harry (Paul Blackthorne) a talented British actor, with charm and style. The basis of the show is that Harry Dresden is a wizard detective, helping people with supernatural problems, and also freelancing for the police when they encounter eerie crimes. Harry is ridiculed by the official police, and shunned by the council (wizard elders,their government) for having practiced black magick in the past. Harry's uncle was a great black magician untill Harry killed him with black magick. The best part of the show is Bob, the skull of a long dead and cursed warlock. This show has humour and magick, and the essence of a good police novel. It is the perfect trifecta and well worth the watch.moreless
there's only one "wizard" listed in chicago's yellow pages. his name is harry dresden. if you hear a bump in the night or afraid of whatever is in the closet, call on harry, chicago's finest do.
ok, i happened along this show while i was channel surfing some friday night, filling the time waiting for numb3rs to come on. read the description and id sounded like a keen mystery/cop type of show, right up my alley. here's the plus, the main character is a wizard. i have a bit of fascination of the magical, even though i think real life magic is hooey. i put it on and was hooked! ok, the writing might not have been award winning, but it's a fun show, it is what it is. i found that the plots kept my attntion, the writing was humorous when it needed to be, the fx well done, and the chemistry between the core characters worked. harry dresden is the only wizard who advertises in the yellow pages. he's a wizard and pi all rolled into one. he will find an explanation for the unexplainable. he's so good, the chicago pd hires him as a consultant for their weirder cases. jis champion in the chicago pd is lt. murphy and his "partner" is bob, a disembodied ghost of a centuries of wizard. along the way, harry needs to steer clear of "the council" who believe that he is all bad and will fall back to black magic at a moments notice. each ep is stand alone, but we do get to see harry's story through several flashbacks and personal confessions. he's the last of his family and how that came to be. so, i was hooked on the show, watched it every week b4 numb3rs and it fell off the face of the earth. i would think if anyone would be the champion for underappreciated shows, it would be scifi, the network made for fans of the strange and unusual. as soon as i saw dresden was on dvd, i snapped it up. this show seems to me one of those that will have it's own cult following. i'll probably start reading the books. i know, the books always trump the show, but hey, at least i'll get my fill of harry dresden. ps, paul blackthorne was amazing!moreless
Great show filling the magic void on tv at the time and perfect fun for me being a non-reader of the books.
Great show filling the magic void on tv at the time and perfect fun for me being a non-reader of the books. Harry was a great flawed character but I had to say a few times great and powerful wizard trapped again come on. Despite him not being as strong as I would've liked him to be his frailty was dealt with well. The conflict of him not being able to tap into his true power due to it being band by a counsel of supreme beings was well done. His backup characters a disembodied spirit and tough female detective. Did great in rounding out the core characters of the show. I don't know why the show was canceled so soon it had great potential and I really wish the show had been given a chance to grow.moreless
Damn but I find my self missing this show still!
I loved this series and can't believe that with some of the other dross the networks are churning out it hasn't been renewed. I've given up watching Kinghtrider... Legeng of the Seeker has turned into complete gak by episode 3, Heroes has started to slide and BSG doesn't start til January. The Dresden files was charming without being self congratulatory, dark without being too grotesque and interesting enough without weighing the brain down too much. Aya! Wish they'd bring it back.
I found Harry played just straight enough to be funny, the script punchy and the characters relationships engaging enough to carry the weaker episodes. I think it would have been a firm and popular favourite had it been allowed to continue.moreless