October Faction


Starring: Tamara Taylor, J.C. MacKenzie, Aurora Burghart, Gabriel Darku, Maxim Roy, Stephen McHattie, Megan Follows, Praneet Akilla et.al.
Rating: TV-MA
Network: Netflix
Grade: B

Upon learning of his father’s death, semi-retired monster hunter Fred Allen brings his family home for the funeral and to sort out the estate. While there, his teenage twins inadvertently awaken their own magical powers, as well as unleashing an angry witch hellbent on revenge. As the witch hunting them down nears and their children’s powers grow, Fred and his wife, Deloris, find they are unable to maintain their facade of normalcy, and reveal to the kids that they are part of a secret group charged with hunting down werewolves, vampires, witches, and other creatures called “Octobers.”

Another TV show/movie based on a comic book I haven’t read (which, technically, is all of them). This is a fairly entertaining show, though the early episodes are stronger than the later ones. The plot is on the line between original and overused, though there are a couple of semi-decent reveals over the course of the show. The actors seem to do well with their roles, and they seem to have decent chemistry and work well together. As of this review, the show has been canceled, and will not air a second season, so any lingering plot threads are not likely to be resolved.

What few special effects are used are done well, and any background filler isn’t noticeable.

As I’ve never read the comics, I can’t say whether or not fans of them will enjoy this series, though those who enjoy gothic/supernatural stories likely will. It’s a fairly easy watch, though some attention should be paid so certain plot points aren’t lost. There is some language, gore, and intensity, so parents may want to check it out before letting younger children watch.

October Faction is currently available to stream on Netflix, with no word as to whether or not it will be made available for purchase/rental.
I’m always looking for new things to watch/read, so if you have a suggestion for me, just let me know!