For this review, I plan on writing up three separate pieces. Today's post will include my first impression of the show. I will then write a review mid-season and after the season finale.
If you haven't noticed, I am really into true crime. One of my best friends and I started reading Helter Skelter as soon as we found out this show was going to be on TV. I haven't finished the book yet, but so far, the show seems to include many aspects from Helter Skelter, specifically character traits of Manson.
My very first impression of Aquarius, is Manson was cast way too alluring and attractive. Not that I'm complaining, but I feel that adding sexuality to a serial killer is not always the best combo. Gethin Anthony plays Manson and has been in a little show you may have heard of, Game of Thrones.
And speaking of handsome actors, the one, the only David Duchovny returns to television to play Sam Hodiak, detective. Duchovny successfully brings a little humor and charm to Aquarius in a Hank Moody-esque fashion. I am extremely excited to see how his character develops throughout the season.
Other known actors in Aquarius are Claire Holt (Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars), Grey Damon (Friday Night Lights, True Blood) and Michaela McManus (One Tree Hill, Vampire Diaries).
As far as I can tell because I'm a 90's girl, Aquarius has successfully captured the rad and groovin' vibe of the 60's. The music has been phenomenal along with the costumes and hair styles. There is footage shown which appears to actually be from 60's Vietnam War protests which only adds to the validity of the show.
From just the first two episodes, Aquarius frames a society in desperate need of peace. Charlie's goal is to capitalize on that need and lure young girls into his family. I am intrigued and interested to see how true-to-life the show will be.
Lastly, this show is absolutely not for young viewers. There are some slightly disturbing scenes, so parents please, DVR the show and watch once your kids have gone to bed.