Dusker. And even more dawner.
Here then are the Gecko brothers, Seth (D.J. Cotrona) and Richie (Zane Holtz). If you recall from either the feature film or the first season, they were two hard-ass thieves leaving a trail of destruction in their wake as they carve up the southern U.S. border. They end up at the infamously named bar where a pile of undead bloodsuckers descend upon them, forever changing their objective worldview.
Here’s the skinny: many of the plot beats from the first season are similar to how things unspooled in the movie, with a few notable exceptions: 1) Santanico Pandemonium (Eiza Gonzalez) has much larger role in the story, which continues into the second season; 2) Richie “survives” and his story fractures from Seth’s; and 3) the vamp mythology is much different.
It should come as no surprise that the second season goes completely “off book,” with brand new plots and characters tossed in. This then is where the From Dusk till Dawn the series completely and utterly breaks from its silver screen big brother.
This go-round, Seth is trying to eke out a living, sans his brother, as a rinky-dink criminal — while trying to stay under the radar to avoid getting his throat ripped out by vampires. Meanwhile, Richie and Santanico are full-on partners in crime, running around with their pointy teeth bared, ripping off heavy-hitters. Mixed in with these brotherly exploits is a continued exploration of the complicated snake/vamp mythos.
Translation: this is a surprisingly dense, narrative-packed season of a television show based on a movie about George Clooney ramming a wooden-stake pile-driver up the keisters of stunt men caked with make-up. Credit to the writers and showrunners (and, natch, executive producer Robert Rodriguez) for working their tails off to build up this world.
They’re largely successful and you, the viewer, should be into it if the world-building grabs you. The production is super-slick, the violence is premium cable level and the acting is up to par with the B-movie feel. While I appreciate the show and got a pretty decent kick out of it last year, I had a harder time connecting with the story this go-round. The plotlines were myriad, but none really grabbed me, so sitting through the narrative switchbacks became more of a chore than an enjoyment.
Like the last release, E1 Entertainment’s From Dusk Till Dawn: Season Two (Blu-ray) is stellar: 1.78:1, 1080p transfer, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround mix and a load of extras: audio commentary on select episodes, 24 minutes worth of behind-the-scenes featurettes, NYC ComicCon panel discussion and an “Inside the Episode” feature.