You know what I think I should explain, this is a little embarrassing to say but I really like alastor as a concept but my reasons are I love the 1920s—30s radio music scene and I love the idea of a monster or ghost being based off that era or old radio. And sinister smiling characters that give a dealers poker face is one of my biggest loves..but good gravy he really doesn’t fit in this show!
Let me explain, this is probably boring but it’s not from any hate or me trying to tell someone how to write but objectively from my view point he really doesn’t fit. The thing about that character trope is that it works really well if he’s the only one presented that way.
When I watched the pilot I saw that almost every character there has the sharp tooth grin with a smug look on their face. And almost all the high ranking antagonist seem to have the poker face look to them. Like they all do dirty dealings and are mob bosses with a grin. It’s strange to say but these ultimately don’t work well with a hell setting not because it doesn’t make sense but because it causes all of them to look the same. With a pilot it’s important to show case as much intrigue towards the audience as possible and while alastor does that well..it caused him to steal the show.
Charlie comes across like a theater kid and the singing on her part isn’t actually bad but it’s kind of delivered in a way that doesn’t make you attach to her automatically or feel relatability. It feels like your kind of stuck looking at her while you wait for someone mysterious to show up and you get to really get what you came for , the hell experience. She’s not a bad character but the ironic thing is that the hell setting didn’t get a lot of nods to it and you felt like you were in the bad side of New York at dusk.
Sadly enough alastor as a character is interesting from an antagonist perspective and the deer motifs aren’t bad but over all his design is rather loud and not very 20s or 30s , I like the design enough but I can’t help but realize that if you presented this character to anyone who had no idea about the show they probably wouldn’t guess he was a man and was a 20s radio call back.
Now the bigger thing I’m quite taken aback from , let me go ahead and say this as clearly as possible! I DO NOT DISLIKE ANTHROPOMORPHIC ART. but I have to say it is kind of a sudden twist to see wolf/dog style characters in the middle of the other characters. There’s something about it that doesn’t read seamless and reads more like from a viewer perspective if you passed up a tv with this on it , you’d think “oh someone on the team must like furry or anthro art”. Personally I don’t dislike it but I can kind of tell that the idea creeps into your head and takes you out of the immersion. The style of art it has is kind of zany but something about the anthro art reads differently, I guess if i had to put my finger on it, it feels like you can tell that’s where they like to be in art. Like it’s just something they like playing with in terms of concepts for art. Hell I can’t do anthro art to save my life so props to them but I guess from a narrative perspective does it fit with the overall themes?
Hell comes off like a rough town and the characters are pretty casual and just curse a bit. Angel dust shows promise because he can be a very good mouth piece over the adult industry and the kind of abuse sex workers will have to endure to make it out of a rough place. He is an innuendo but honestly it makes him potentially interesting because it never comes off naturally, it feels like a show he’s putting on and given his way of speaking to Charlie there’s a lot of growth there that could really propel him as a character.
The music isn’t bad but I can completely understand someone just not being into it, I think the thing is they’re kind of pulling a Steven universe..except that three musical numbers is a bit much for a pilot ..it sets a bad idea as to the direction of your series. Are you planning to do a musical driven series or is this just for the pilot? I feel that for something like this you gotta wait for the characters to be cemented with the audience and wait for them to have a real attachment to them so the songs actually hit the way you want them to. To be honest though the sound design for the show isn’t bad but they did over use stock effect sounds a bit too much. It was a sequential amount that honestly you try not to do since it could ruin the line delivery between characters.
Overall , I really watched it for stamper and I absolutely love sir pentious. He’s fun and very early 2000s cartoon villain but the problem being is how often they’ll default back to fun episodic style humor. Narrative driven series aren’t bad but honestly with a show like this episodic might be more beneficial because it helps remedy some of the world building breaking points. But overall I don’t hate it because there’s a lot of promise towards where they can go with it.
The only issue here left is the amount of hiatus this might cause them when trying to build the show up. You take too long and it can quickly die in the public interest and you’ll end up kind of fizzling out the way Steven universe did. But given how small a team it is, I’m sure that’s why they’re trying to build up a community.
Here’s hoping it doesn’t suffer like all other fandoms we’ve seen come and go though. I’d hate to see a project of this scale plateau before it gets off the ground.
Just wanted to give my two cents on the matter.