The vampire cult hit that was ahead of its time is back from the dead for your binge-watching pleasure.
Originally published in Watch!Magazine,
By Nate Millado
Posted May 2019
Before he became Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-0, star Alex O’Loughlin played brooding bloodsucker Mick St. John in CBS’ Moonlight (2007–2008).
The vampire detective drama won the People’s Choice Award—over the more zeitgeisty Gossip Girl—for Favorite New TV Drama.
Alex O’Loughlin stars as Mick St. John, a captivating, charming, and immortal private investigator.
So it was somewhat surprising that after 16 episodes, it was canceled—driving a stake through the hearts of its 7.5 million viewers. But over the last decade, Moonlight has developed quite the cult following and was recently made available by The CW on its streaming service, CW Seed. We pay respects to the dearly beloved one-season wonder.
The first 90 seconds of the pilot perfectly set up its premise—and in turn debunked some old wives’ tales about vampires. During a dream sequence with an offscreen interviewer, the undead private eye says he sleeps in a freezer (not a coffin); doesn’t hurt women, children, or innocents; and is relatively unfazed by sunlight, holy water, and crucifixes. (“And while we’re on the subject, garlic is tasty on pizza,” he quips.)
Alex O’Loughlin gets vamped up in Moonlight.
A Star Is Born
Alex O’Loughlin was easy on the eyes, cracked wise with a dry sense of humor, and did many of his own stunts. So while Moonlight didn’t work out, CBS knew they had a bona fide leading man in the Aussie actor. The network offered him Hawaii Five-0.
Beth (Sophia Myles) and Mick St. John (Alex O’Loughlin) face the ultimate consequence of a relationship between mortal and immortal when a vampire kills a human in the heat of passion.
Beauty and a Beast
Sure, it was a supernatural series with an occasional case-of-the-week. But at its core, Moonlight was a romance between Mick and investigative reporter Beth Turner (Sophia Myles)—who wasn’t your typical damsel in distress. Their star-crossed storyline highlighted themes of mortality (Mick is 85 years old but forever 30) and commitment issues (could a human and a vamp really be together?).
Mick St. John (Alex O’Loughlin) defies the traditional blood-sucking norms of his vampire tendencies by using his wit and powerful supernatural abilities to help the living in Moonlight.
O’Loughlin delivered swoon-worthy lines like, *“Ever since I met you, I’ve stopped using the word never,”* without the slightest bit of irony, and also exhibited undeniable chemistry with co-stars Jason Dohring (Mick’s mentor and friend Josef) and Shannyn Sossamon (his vampire ex-wife/sire, Coraline). The ensemble was just hitting its stride when film and television writers began a three-month strike in November 2007, forcing the show into hiatus only 12 episodes in. The show returned in April and aired a final four episodes.
Former vampire couple Coraline (Shannyn Sossmon)
and Mick St. John (Alex O’Loughlin).
Fang Girls and Boys
Moonlight diehards were willing to give their own blood to save their show from cancellation. Partnering with the American Red Cross, more than 3,000 fans donated a pint of blood in a nationwide campaign to get the network’s attention.
Gone Too Soon?
Moonlight aired its final episode on May 16, 2008—missing the vampire craze by mere months! True Blood and Twilight blew up in the fall, while The CW’s The Vampire Diaries premiered a year later. “We sort of felt like we were the beginning of this new phase,” O’Loughlin said in a 2010 interview. Had the timing been right—who knows? Fun fact: Moonlight’s working title during pilot season—Twilight.
- Great to see Moonlight still has some life – even 11 years after it got canceled. Just shows you that it was actually a winning show, even if it got mistreated.
- They make it sound so easy – to say that Alex just got offered the role on Hawaii Five-0 after Moonlight got cancelled. When in fact he suffered a lot of heartache and also put his all into the show Three Rivers as well, just to be disappointed again with cancellation, all before he started in Hawaii.
- Great to see that Alex’s hard work over the years, since 2000 when he went back to school to study his craft, got the reward of a successful show. One that is now regarded as the most successful reboot ever. And my hope is that he would be rewarded even more, with even better roles and accolades in the years to come, all for his dedication and leadership during the years on Hawaii Five-0 and the people who work on it.
- And a big Thank You to my partner in crime, Paula, for once again providing us with the best – these brand new Full HD Screencaps from Moonlight
Mick St John – our ‘Beloved Immortal’
* Words “Ever since I met you, I’ve stopped using the word never,” actually delivered by Sophia Myles as Beth towards Mick in Episode 8 of Moonlight and not by Alex.
19 responses to “Why The TV Show #Moonlight, Starring #AlexOLoughlin, Mattered”
Mick didn’t deliver that line it was Beth. I miss this show, but watch on dvd.
Of course you are right about the fact that Beth said those words and not Mick. I guess the writer of the article wanted to say that that sort of line was used in the show.
And of course the show now being on CW Seed are for those who don’t own the DVD’s or have not watched any of it yet – and that is good, because now people apart from die-hard Alex fans who own DVD’s and fans who watched the show back then, can now also watch Alex in it.
And also according to what Paula told me it is now on Full HD there – which our old DVD’s aren’t.
I never watched this when it aired. Didn’t even know about it but I do own the DVD. That said, I never liked the relationship between Mick and Beth because I found the origins with her as a child and him as an adult to be a little troubling (almost, but not really incestuous since they were not —– blood —— related) and truly, unlike some others, I never saw any romantic chemistry there, possibly because of that. Now,on the other hand, his wife!!!! ——-that chemistry was off the charts. She was his love whether you liked her or not. Beth was like a high school girl with a crush.
I know many will not agree with that sentiment, it’s just my personal take.
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LOL – the forever debate about those two relationships.
I guess you also did not like it or saw the chemistry of the relationship between Emma and Mr Knightly in Jane Austen’s book Emma.
Emma is my least favorite of all the Jane Austin books because I didn’t like the heroine and thought she needed a good swift kick in her bottom, certainly not to walk off with Mr. Knightly in the land of happily ever after. Age never entered into my opinion. I didn’t see any chemistry there either. I am hard to please.
Read Georgette Heyer’s “Faro’s Daughter”. That is my kind of heroine— tough, resourceful and smart. Reluctant chemistry, but chemistry none the less.
So I guess my answer is yes. No Beth/MIck and no Emma/Mr.Knightly.
Wurthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Alex as tormented and saturnine Heathcliff. M. Borth as troubled, wicked and loving Catherine. They would smash the screen with their evil chemistry. We would have a festival of Alexpressions and his voice would haunt us forever. One can dream.
Please don’t put Michelle and Alex together in any firm. It stays in my brain and I can only see Catherine and how much I dislike that character. And I don’t like looking at plastic fantastic faces, like Michelle. .ugh no thanks. ..( and sorry for my negativity, truly can’t help myself, trust me I tried)
I’m a firm C. Rollins hater, but I don’t dislike Michelle, tho she’s far from being one of my favourite actresses. Yet in H50 I could see some scenes where there was chemistry between her and Alex. As to plastic faces, it’s difficult to find actresses without one these days!
LOL! So you said some time ago when the topic came up. I disagreed then and still do. IMHO there was chemistry between those two and it gave Alex the chance to show what a great actor he is as he tried to fight back his incipient love for Beth. So many Alexpressions in his eyes!
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Can we still be friends?
YES, YES, YES, YES, YES ❤❤❤ !
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Yes Beth is the one and only imho
TOTALLY agree Mamayorkie Coraline was his DARK LADY and he never got over her.
Yes he did. He killed her
Yeah, but only the one time…
Moonlight is what brought this glorious man to a wider audience in North America. I know Alex was in The Shield, but it was on cable with fewer viewers.
I am forever a Mick/Beth fan. I disliked Coraline intensely. Mick originally ‘killed’ Coraline to save someone else. If Moonlight had survived for more seasons, and a similar scenario had arisen, I believe he’d have done the same thing, because he never lost his humanity.
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Alex was down to earth in Moonlight and he showed a lot of talent in it. When he graduated to Three Rivers the talent shone from him as a doctor so Hawaii 5-0 was ineviatable showing the down to earth personality he has. Please Alex we want to see you on screen for long while to come!!
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Man I loved that show. Rewatching in the next month (again) for sure! Thanks for this post and the amazing images as well.
Moonlight is still my favorite show. Alex did a great job of playing the torn Mick. I still cry at the last scene of the show.