I figure given the lack of a thread for this show thus far, the general opinion of it is low, but not so low as to warrant a thread about how much it sucked. I can't say my opinion of it is too high, but I'm hoping it will get better.
I guess one glaring problem is Kirk Jones as Blade. Say what you will about Wesley Snipes, I think he was awesome in the role. I think if I had to elaborate on my problem with Jones, it's just that he does a bad Wesley Snipes as Blade impression. I don't think I'd have as much trouble seeing this guy as Blade if I could tell myself he was bringing his own style to the role, but in trying to hard to get the part exact and failing, it jars a tad.
This first episode had the standard problem that comes with pilots. It was just boring to set up the story, and it was even more boring for people who already have the idea from the movie trilogy who have to sit through the whole Vampires-trying-to-create-daywalkers retread.
I'm trying to think to myself what type of character would best replace Whistler as the story device through which information is passed to the characters and audience. One played by Randy "Cousin Eddie" Quaid doesn't come to mind.
Aside from the fact that Krista Starr sounds like the name of a porn star, I'm curious why they didn't make this character a cop. She apparently used to be a sargeant in the military, I know, but they really should have had her return to Detroit and join the police. That would at least make it more acceptable that she pulls a gun more often than I can remember. Someone, somewhere is going to make you check that at the door . . . unless you have a badge. Otherwise, Jill Wagner, the actress playing Starr gets my obligatory "At least she's eyecandy," though they couldn't get her out of the Hanes cotton casuals until the second half of the show.
I'm not too fond of Blade's new techie, but then he really hasn't done anything either. Of course the only good thing about Scud from Blade II was that he was played by Norman Reedus of The Boondock Saints fame. It sure would be nice to have Whistler.
So, hmm, I really couldn't come up with a lot of good so far. Umm, since it airs so late, they didn't have to tone down the violence to kiddie fare?
Again, I hope it gets better. Some version of Blade III Hannibal King (as opposed to comic-accurate) or Abigail Whistler would be nice since Blade III was written almost exclusively to sell those two characters. That and King was a smart-***, and I loves me a good smart-***.