The 2nd Annual Occult Detective Awards, Part I
Has it really been a year since the Occult Detective Awards first reared their ugly head?
Welcome, fellow travelers to our second foray into this fool’s errand. I am, as always, your humble host, Bob Freeman. For the next four days I’ll be announcing my selections for the best of the best. In these days to come we’ll weave our way through the literary gems I’ve devoured, the non-fiction that has tickled my fancy, and various and sundry bright and shiny things that have caught my attention…
Today I thought we’d start things off by shining the Occult Detective Spotlight on the big and small screen — so, without further ado, I present to you the winners of the Second Annual Occult Detective Awards Movie & Television Category.
Best Returning Series
Fringe (Fox, Fridays at 9pm)
So many of my favorite shows have largely disappointed me this year. Some I’ve tossed aside altogether (I’m looking at you Warehouse 13), while others have just left me flabbergasted as to how something once so great could drop the ball so consistently of late (sorry Supernatural, you’re not cutting it). The one “occult detective-ish” show that’s still mostly firing on all cylinders is Fringe. The core cast is spectacular, the writing is consistent and intense, and the added weight of the “soap opera” element doesn’t feel forced at all. In fact, it is this element that has elevated the series. Ratings are far from stellar and I suspect this may be the end for the series, but I trust the writers to wrap things up in a nice little bow for us, leaving us with three solid seasons to come back to and enjoy in the years to come. In Walter We Trust.
Runner-Up: Haven (SyFy)
Best New Series
Once Upon A Time (ABC, Sundays at 8pm)
Okay, it’s a bit of a stretch to call this an “occult detective” series, but it’s close enough for government work so I’m going with it. From two of the writers of LOST, yes, Once Upon A Time drops plenty of Easter Eggs for the Island Drama Obsessed, but even if those weren’t present the show would have me hook, line, and proverbial sinker. For one thing, it’s a show that we enjoy watching as a family, and that’s saying a lot. Secondly, the evil characters are just so delicious, especially Rumpelstiltskin. And finally, it’s whimsical and mysterious and altogether FUN. That’s worth its weight in gold right there.
Runner-Up: Grimm (NBC)
Directed by Robert Singer / Written by Sera Gamble
Supernatural Patriarch Bobby Singer is dying and must confront his worst memory before his reaper catches up to him. An extremely emotional turn by the always impressive Jim Beaver elevates this episode to not only being the only real high-point of a rather lack luster season, but delivers one of the best episodes of the entire series.
(Very close) Runner-Up: Supernatural – “The French Mistake” (Directed by Charles Beeson / Written by Ben Edlund)
Robert Carlyle (Rumpelstiltskin / Mr. Gold — Once Upon A Time)
Could Robert Carlyle be having any more fun than he’s having in his turn as the sinister and wicked Rumpelstiltskin on ABC’s Once Upon A Time? His over-the-top performance has been the high point of the series thus far and he steals every scene he’s in. Carlyle has always had presence, but this seems to me to be a role of a lifetime and he’s taking full advantage of it.
Runner-Up: Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer — Supernatural)
Ksenia Solo (Kenzi — Lost Girl)
Speaking of scene stealers, Ksenia Solo does just that at every turn on Showcases’ hit series Lost Girl. Ksenia brings levity and charm to the role of the spritely and streetwise Kenzi, effortlessly playing off her fellow thespians with a wink and a nudge the whole way. She’s got that certain “something” that should turn into bigger and better things for the actress.
Runner-Up: Emily Rose (Audrey Parker — Haven)
AT THE MOVIES
Again, the occult detective genre was under-represented on the big screen. Oh sure, there was Anthony Hopkins in The Rite and Brandon Routh in Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, but neither of these did much for me. The closest, for me, was Season of the Witch, a wicked little movie that took me by surprise. Not a great movie by any stretch, but I’d give it the nod for Best Occult Detective Movie of 2011.
Anyway, while we’re here, this is my rundown of the Best Movies of 2011. Your mileage may vary.
10. Troll Hunter
9. Conan the Barbarian
8. Season of the Witch
7. Captain America
5. Red Riding Hood
2. Drive Angry
1. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
And so ends Day One of the 2nd Annual Occult Detective Awards. Be sure to tune in tomorrow as we shift our focus away from Hollyweird and delve into the very backbone of what make occult detectives tick. We’re talking the real thing, kiddies. The Occult Detective Awards will pull back the veil to expose the occultists, ghostbreakers, conspiracy theorists, and monster hunters that have gone above and beyond to make this world a much more interesting place to call home.