I think the shock of losing a promising series after the first episode has blinded people to what should be an obvious observation…Swamp Thing isn’t that good.
This is one of the most expensive TV shows of all time, and what do we get for it? We get five minutes per episode of Swamp Thing on screen going, “What’s happening to me?” and then fifty-five minutes of the world’s most dimensionless villains, a bunch of side characters that also seem to turn out to be villains and Abby getting into trouble only to be Swamp Thing Ex Machinaed at the end of the episode. They introduce characters like Phantom Stranger and madame Xanadu and give us no reason to care about them. They spend more time with Blue Devil than they do on Swamp Thing. It’s all a mess.
Some of the horror elements do land, and those are genuinely great, but they are too infrequent to carry the show. I think the last week’s episode was an excellent example with the infection that caused people to hallucinate. The guy seeing a snake on his arm and stabbing himself because of the delusion was genuinely brutal and terrifying. Great work. It was also the first kill of the episode and by far the most intense meaning rather than rising tension throughout the episode with a fun payoff at the end, everything else paled in comparison to the first ten minutes.
There are also some straight up embarrassing mistakes. For instance in the first episode, Abby makes a big deal about how she’s serious CDC lady and that everybody better where mask and goggles with patients until they figure out what causes the infection. Next scene, she’s meeting with the patients without mask and goggles, and this repeats in almost every scene following. Last episode with the admittedly pretty cool possession of the little girl by Shauna. Cool scene where Shauna at first toys with Abby and then straight up terrifies her with visions of her drowning and a bunch of clearly supernatural crap. What does Abby do? Go downstairs in a huff and confront her adopted mother for talking to the kid about Shauna. What the crap, show? She just saw a creepy demon child/ghost/monster. You should be calling an exorcist not griping about inappropriate conversations.
I’m being a little over dramatic. I don’t hate the show and plan to finish the season, but I think if DC hadn’t announced the show was cancelled, then people would be up in arms on how bad a job this show is doing.
All I’m saying is that if I were DC, I wouldn’t spend my money on this.