Saturday, February 22, 2020

October Faction (Season 1)

I’m sure everyone’s seen one of those fruit-on-the-bottom yogurts where you have that slightly nasty yogurt on top with a small layer of fruit down below.  The idea is to mix it up and give some flavor throughout.  I remember eating the yogurt first, hoping to get that intense fruit flavor.  It’s not something I did often.  In fact, I don’t think I ever made it all the way to the bottom more than once.  However, it’s the best analogy I can make to October Faction.

I made it all the way through the first season.  The show centers on the Allen family.  Parents Fred and Delores are the parents.  They hunt “monsters” for Presidio.  All the while, they’re trying to raise twins Viv and Geoff as normal children who have no idea what’s going on.  (As far as the twins know, Mom and Dad are insurance agents.)

There’s nothing to distinguish this show’s mythology from any other.  The monsters are mostly Vampires and Warlocks.  Vampires have lots of fangs and warlocks use magic.  There’s some mention that they want to live normal lives.  In fact, there’s very little shown of them doing anything bad.  Sure, some of the vampires attack people, but most just want to be left alone.

I spent each of the ten episodes hoping that there would be some meat.  Maybe there would be some flavor that would distinguish this show from any other monster show.  I’m sorry to say that there was no fruit at the bottom of this yogurt.

Come to think of it, there’s no mention of what October Faction even means.  It sounds like it might be the name of some sort of resistance group.  Maybe vampires and zombies try to improve their image or something.  All of the action would appear to take place during October of some year.  The only explanation is that there’s an uptick because October ends with Halloween.

It would be nice to know if there were other factions.  I’m not even sure if the faction refers to the hunters or the hunted.  Maybe there’s a December Faction that deals with Santa worshippers or something.  How about a February Faction that goes after Cupid?  I don’t know if there’s going to be a second season, but there are a few ideas.

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