Hello, Nightlighters! Jamie Miller, aka “the near vampire,” is here with another Nightlight. You might not be aware of this, but after binge-watching “Angel,” “Andromeda,” and other episodes that are now gone, I am constantly on the lookout for new shows to watch. As a result, I was excited to see that Netflix was releasing a new horror sci-fi mix. And it did not let me down.
The story of Juan, Tilda, and Abbi, three young people who underwent experimental gene therapy as children to treat a rare ailment they all shared, is told in “The Imperfects,” which debuted on Netflix on September 8. The three begin to feel side effects several years later, and these side effects aren’t as straightforward as a cough or sore throat. These negative effects are horrific.
The series stars Morgan Taylor Cambell as Tilda Web, a rebellious, alcohol-loving, aspiring punk rock singer who gains banshee-like abilities such as superhuman hearing and a sonic scream. Morgan Taylor Cambell is well known for small roles in movies like “Power Rangers.” Rhianna Jagpal plays Abbi Singh, a geeky who wants to be the scientist who acquired Succubus-like abilities through pheromones, enabling her to persuade people to do as she pleases. Rhianna Jagpal has been in minor roles on television programs including “The Flash.”
Juan Ruiz, the youngest of the three, is an aspiring comic book artist and the quietest of the three. He has the ability to transform into a werewolf-like creature known as a Chupacabra with increased strength, speed, agility, and a hunger for living flesh. Inaki Godoy, who has appeared in numerous Spanish-language movies such as “Who killed Sara,” plays Juan Ruiz. Italia Ricci, who played Dr. Sydney Burke in “Designated Survivor,” is also traveling with the group. Dr. Sydney Burke is a talented geneticist who aids the trio in their quest to find Dr. Alex Sarkov, the man who mutated them. Sarkov is portrayed by comedian Rhys Nicholson as a grating, haughty guy.
Isabella Finch is a mysterious and violent character played by Kyra Zagorsky of “Helix” fame. She has a murky and unknown relationship with Burke and is consistently one step ahead of the group. Agent Jim Sponson, played by Ron Selmour, a brutal agent for a mysterious organization that intends to catch the three through any means necessary, is recognized for his roles in movies like “Blade: Trinity.” This program is excellent. I mean, except for Doctor Sarkov, the people are likable, and Sponson is a standout antagonist. The performance is outstanding, and the humor is top-notch. However, if I had one criticism, it would be that the potential of two minor characters named Doug and Owen wasn’t fully used.