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Friday, 22 February 2008 07:49

Kindred - The Embraced

Power games amongst the undead ...


USA - 1996 - 8 episodes (60 mins) - colour

A vampire show might have seemed an unusual choice for Aaron Spelling, American television's "Uberproducer", best known in the 1990s for the likes of Beverley Hills 90210 and Melrose Place, but created by John Leekley from the role-playing game "Vampire: The Masquerade", Kindred: The Embraced played like the Undead Dynasty.

Neither solely evil or unnatural, the Kindred of the title were five clans of vampires - the aristocratic Ventrues; thuggish Brujahs; handsome punk bikers, The Gangrels; more traditional and violent Nosferatu; and arty Toreadors.

Integrated into all walks of life in modern-day San Francisco, with deep ties in organised crime, the Kindred were ruled over by Julian Luna, Prince of the Ventures and "Boss of all Bosses", struggling to keep a tenuous peace amongst the clans as they competed between themselves for dominance. Luna's problems were further compounded by the activity of a intrusive homicide detective he has sworn to protect, and an investigative reporter threatening to expose the activities of the clans that he becomes romantically drawn to.

Kindred introduced a set of rules the clans had to abide by, or face "Final Death". The taking of life, and changing humans into vampires, was strictly forbidden - the individual had volunteered to be transformed. For a human to have blood taken from them by any clan member was to be "embraced", which was something the viewing public failed to do. Screened in America a year before the arrival of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kindred: The Embraced failed to make a significant impact in the ratings and after a handful of episodes was put to the stake.


C Thomas Howell as Detective Frank Kohanek
Mark Frankel as Julian Luna
Kelly Rutherford as Caitlin Byrne
Stacy Haiduk as Lillie Langtry
Erik King as Detective Sonny Toussaint
Patrick Bauchau as Archon Raine
Channon Roe as Cash
Jeff Kober as Daedalus
Peter Rocca as Nino
Brigid Conley Walsh as Sasha
Brian Thompson as Eddie Fiori

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