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Kindred: The Embraced

Season 1 Episode 1

The Embraced

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 02, 1996 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The Embraced
War is brewing between rivals gangs in San Francisco and Detective Frank Kohanek is determined to put crime boss Julian Luna behind bars. When his lover is killed after revealing to him, the secrets of the Kindred, Kohanek realises there is more at stake.

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  • Ouch

    Well that was pretty awful. They set the story well, got everyone introduced and everything, but I'm hoping it gets better. I'd especially like it if C. Thomas Howell and most of the rest of the cast could refrain from chewing the scenery for a few minutes. Also, the Nosferatu are supposed to be hideous, to the point of not able to mingle with humans. A guy with a bald cap and a few veins popping out from his temples doesn't really scream "deformed". Ah well. I'm a sucker for vampires and I love the game, so I'll keep watching.moreless
  • An Excellent Debut!

    I was 29 and a mother of 3 young children when this series first premiered on TV. I decided to start watching the show because of the previews that I seen on TV advertising the show and knew that I would throughly enjoy the series. I am now 40 and thought then as I do now that this episode was an excellent debut for the series. This episode focused mainly on the Bruja and Gangrel clans and their traits. Other clans were mentioned but not made clear, yet. Even with some melodrama, this episode was still intriguing and fun to watch.moreless
  • A good start.

    I watched this show when it first premiered on TV because I was familiar with the role playing game it was based on. That was ten years ago, but I thought then and now that this was a good start for the series.

    There are times, esp in the scenes between Luna and Alexandra, when the melodrama becomes quite obvious.

    If you only have limited exposure to the game then you already know what each of the clans characteristics are abd they seem to make most of the Bruja/Gangrel traits fairly clear in this episode, not so much with the others clans just yet.

    Cheesy good fun.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • This is the only episode to feature the Kindred melting into the earth attribute.

    • In 1874 Emilie Le Breton marries Edward Langtry at St. Saviours Church on the Isle of Jersey.

    • In 1856, Julian and Evelyn Luna are married. Soon after, John Luna is born to them in Napa Valley, but Evelyn dies after giving birth. John Luna eventually grows up and fills the Napa Valley with his own children.

    • In 1832, the future Evelyn Luna is born.

      (Her birthdate is on her tombstone)

    • Julian Luna was born in 1830 in New Orleans.

      (Julian's birthdate is on his tombstone.)

    • On October 13(no year mentioned)Emilie Charlotte Le Breton is born in St. Saviour on the Isle of Jersey. She will one day go by the stage name Lillie Langtry.

    • Lillie Langtry was a famous actress/courtesan in England in the late 1800's. She was even the mistress for a time of King Edward the VII before he became King of England. It is unclear if Lillie on the show has renamed herself after the original Lillie Langtry or if she is supposed to be the actual Lillie Langtry.

    • The advantages of being a Prince:

      Right to progeny - A Prince can freely create a progeny without permission from another kindred.

      Protection of the elders - A Prince receives support from the primogens in their decisions.

      Political power in the camarilla - High status is a token of being a Prince.

      Mastery over domain - Princes may control kindred in their area of influence.

      Freedom to feed - Princes can limit the feeding of other kindred, but do not have to limit themselves.

      Power over enemies - The Prince is the only one that can call a Blood Hunt.

    • At least 4 of the stars of this show went on to parts in another vampire universe Buffy/Angel.

      Brian Thompson was the Luke and the Judge on Buffy. Channon Roe played Jack in the episode The Zeppo on Buffy.
      Jeff Kober played Zachary Kralick and Rack on Buffy. Brigid Brannagh played Virginia Bryce on Angel.

    • If the vampires on this show became enraged their heart would start to beat, then stop when they calmed down.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (5)

    • In 1853 Stevie Ray is Embraced into Clan Gangrel.

      (Conjecture: The coroner stated in this episode that his organs "are way past 100 years," giving only a vague clue as to his true age)

    • In 1849 about 80 000 "forty-niners" travel to the West Coast to look for gold. Among the people who follow the Gold Rush to California are 19-year-old Julian Luna who settles in the mining country of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the father of Alexandra Serris and "Skinny Legs" Swenson.

      (Alexandra makes reference to this when she reveals her father's history to Frank)

    • Other clans of the Kindred: Lasombra, Malkavian, Ravnos, Setite,
      Samedi, Kiyasid, Anarch, Daughters of Cacophany, Giovanni, Salubri, Tremere and Tzimisce.

    • The Gangrels were all sired by Stevie-Ray.

    • The vampire clans featured in the series are Ventrue, Toreador, Brujah, Nosferatu, Gangrel, and Assamite.