“First Kill” Credit: Brian Douglas photo

In the new series “First Kill” a generation of African American monster killers do their thing—hunt down and kill monsters.

Based on the short story by V. E. Schwab (who also wrote the first episode and produces the series) it’s super fun to watch folks of color beating up vampires, ghouls, and werewolves. But like all good dramas, there is an obstacle and for this one, it’s love.

Our young vampire hunter Calliope (Imani Lewis) falls in love with a young vampire, Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) and naturally this young love is caught between their family duties and their growing feelings.

Currently streaming, there are eight episodes following the drama of Juliette and Calliope (aka “Cal”) who struggle with balancing their duties which include the prickly world of high school.

Juliette’s parents Sebastian (Will Swenson) and Margot (Elizabeth Mitchell, somehow), and Cal’s parents Talia (Aubin Wise) and Jack (Jason R. Moore) are at odds. One set is blood-drinking vampires and the other side is dedicated to killing them and their kind but hilariously, as parents, they reinforce that the two girls can not be together.

I don’t think this series set itself up for “serious writing” which (in my opinion) would weigh down the quick fun of the absurd situation. But what I will highlight is that the series doesn’t convince me that there is a real romance. I don’t feel or see the chemistry and that’s just an issue of casting. Everyone is good. That’s not what I am griping about. I’m suggesting that there’s no chemistry, and since the meat of the series is about keeping these two star-crossed lovers apart, something is missing.

But, the series is fun because watching our people destroy evil monsters has another layer of satisfaction that does not need more explanation. The folks that know, know.

Sure “First Kill” is packed to the brim with clichés but that’s what makes it fun. Don’t take it seriously; lean into the images of Black-hued skin being the victor, the heroes, the monster slayers, and have fun!

“First Kill” is now streaming on Netflix.

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