One of the great things about the end of the “normal” TV season is that it gives a chance to sit back and enjoy, via Hulu or Netflix, a show that ended years ago or that you may have missed. In my case, I have been enjoying a short lived supernatural series from 2010- The Gates.
Honestly, I have no idea how I missed this one when it originally aired except that I don’t actually have TV. I’m guessing that there wasn’t much in the way of advertisements around LA either. But let’s be real, this is a primetime soapopera that I could get behind! Crimes, vampires, werewolves, witches, succubi, etc! I’m in!
Bonus points since we have such a love of Arrow around here, there seem to be several Arrow alums in the cast, but more on that later.
The premise is simple- big city detective transplants his family to a gated community in order to take on the position of police chief, and provide his family with a better life. I mentioned that there are vampires and werewolves, right? Some of the residents of this perfect community are supernatural beings… and only the other creatures are really aware of the others. Though… little by little secrets come out (as they always do).
There’s a wee bit of cheese-tasticness, a touch of the macabre, and a whole lot of soap! How did this show not last past 13 episodes? Seriously, it is delightfully devious. Bless the streaming services for making it a part of their collections. I was never one to watch the primetime soaps- a little Dallas or Dynasty when I was a kid, but nothing seriously- but if this show was still on the air, I would be watching! Even as just a summer hiatus show. There’s just something delicious about the mix of soapy camp, supernatural characters, and “drama” that just grab you. Not gonna lie… the cast is pretty, too.
Remember I mentioned there was an Arrow connenction? Well… Colton Haynes, who plays “Roy Harper” plays “Brett”, a football star with a bit of a growl. The fabulous Paul Blackthorne (Arrow‘s “Lance”) is a naughty vampire. Janina Gavankar, who played a first season love interest for “Oliver”, is deputy “Turner”. Roger Cross, was detective “Hilton” until recently on Arrow, he was coach “Ross”.
The series is available on Netflix and other streaming services. Got a few free hours? Give it a chance!