Usually, when we watch a show about small-town people hiding a secret, it’s about a series or murders or some other very human failure that everyone wants to hide. private. But in the case of Leprechaun, the inhabitants of a small Danish island want to hide the presence of these small, violent creatures. But the arrival of new guests could disrupt that effort. Read on to know more.
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Opening scene: A truck pulled over a sturdy electric fence. The driver slung a rifle over his shoulder and pulled a cow out of the trailer. He dragged the cow into a wooded area, where it was gutted by something as the truck driver sped away as fast as he could.
Gist: The Svane family is driving to a cabin on a remote Danish island, hoping to reconnect over the Christmas break. Mads (Peder Thomas Pedersen) is told to follow the coastal path, but ends up cutting through the woods. After hitting something on the dirt road, the family stops, and their teenage daughter Josefine (Sonja Steen) is sure they’ve hit something. She also sees a fence in the distance and wants to see what’s behind it.
A man in a lorry (Rasmus Hammerich) stops them from going any further, saying they are on their own, and what’s behind the fence is not their concern. When the family arrives at the cabin, Jose goes into the woods and sees some strange things, as well as a warehouse full of curious items. She goes back and tells her family, but her mother Charlotte (Lila Nobel) thinks she’s just a jerk.
As Charlotte and Jose’s brother Kasper (Milo Campanale) head into town to pick up groceries, Charlotte meets general store owner Karen (Ann Eleonora Jørgensen), who tells her to stay away from the fence and stick to the seaside road . Kasper meets Liv, the niece of Karen (Vivelill Søgaard Holm), who agrees to let him tour the island.
Jose, who was protesting her parents’ treatment of her as if she were still a child, sneaked out of the cabin that night and went to the fence. There, she saw a small creature, like a child, shivering in the grass. As she walked along the fence, she heard something on the other side following her.
What shows will it remind you of? Leprechaun have a little feeling Wayward Pines, with a mysterious “small town with secrets” paired with a group of otherworldly creatures that aren’t quite as friendly.
Our Take: We were intrigued by the first half hour episode of Leprechaun, mainly because lead screenwriter Stefan Jaworski has done a great job of combining the eerie mysteries of the island where the Savannas are visiting with the internal family drama the four of them are going through.
On the surface, the show resembles a standard “what are these people hiding?” conspiracy. We know the little creatures they somehow have contained behind that fence are pretty deadly; but what their origins are, and how the town manages to control them remains to be seen. We’ll also be guessing about what exactly happens when the elves escape somehow.
But there’s more going on than just some bloodthirsty goblins. Jose is going against his controlling parents. Mads seems oblivious, but Charlotte definitely has some double standards when it comes to how she treats Jose, as opposed to Kasper. For his part, Kasper seems to have something to do with Liv, which may be how he uncovers some secrets about the island.
So even though there seem to be a few standard level horror/thriller characters associated with Leprechaun, Jaworksi has kept the cast count small to give everyone there at least some time to become more than standard level characters.
Gender and Skin: Not available.
Farewell shot: As Jose runs with the small creature wrapped in her coat, we see the larger creature following her away from the fenced area.
Sleeper Star: The actors in “Mature Goblin” costumes are doing the yeoman’s job, and the show gives them the credit they deserve for their work.
Most Pilot-y routes: “Listen, I think you’re great. I really do,” Mads tells Jose a line no teen wants to hear her father say.
Our call: INSTRUCTIONS IT. Leprechaun maybe a light-hearted, teen-oriented horror series rather than something heavy and dramatic. But there’s enough fun in the first episode to keep us hooked, especially since the episodes don’t try to do too many things at once.
Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about food, entertainment, parenting, and technology, but he’s not kidding: he’s a TV junkie. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Salon, RollingStone.com, VanityFair.com, Fast Company and others.
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