Vampire Academy Review 2022 Tv Show Series Cast Crew Online
Rose (Zoey Deutch) isn’t just a bestie for Lissa (Lucy Fry). She’s also her sworn protector, or a Dhampir to her own Moroi, in the parlance of Vampire Academy. The Moroi are non-immortal vampires who are also cool with daylight, even if they’ve adjusted their schedule to be mostly nocturnal, while the Dhampir are their protectors – their “guardians” – and the offspring of a human and Moroi parent. But what makes Lissa and Rose even closer is their connection on an intrinsic level. Through mysterious magical circumstances, Rose can hear Lissa’s thoughts, become immersed in her dreams, feel her emotions, and even see through her friend’s eyes. “Have you ever seen me go to the bathroom?” Lissa asks at one point. These two share everything.
For a year, Rose and Lissa were on the run from St. Vladimir’s, also known as the vampire academy, which is a boarding school exclusively for young Morois and Dhampirs. Now they’ve been returned to training and classwork by stoic Guardian Dimitri (Danila Kozlovsky), and headmistress Ellen Kirova (Olga Kurylenko) is ready to punish them – well, punish Rose; Lissa is of royal Moroi blood and might be queen one day – but aged and sick Prince Victor Dashkov (Gabriel Byrne) convinces her to go easy on the girls. St. Vlad’s is full of the usual high school dramas – cliquey behavior, geeks and outcasts, mean girl drama – but it’s also got a “human feeder program” for its bloodsucker student body and an occasional appearance by Queen Tatiana (Joely Richardson), the supreme ruler of these ancient vamp races.
Rose takes her role as protector seriously, and when someone or something keeps harassing Lissa, she takes action to try and draw out the culprit. She also gets closer to Dimitri during her Guardians training, and looks out for Natalie (Sarah Hyland), Victor’s nerdy daughter. With boy drama concerning Christian (Dominic Sherwood), Mason (Cameron Monaghan), and Jesse (Ashley Charles), the strange circumstances surrounding the disappearance of eccentric professor Ms. Karp (Claire Foy), and Kirova hating on her every move, Rose has a lot to manage as she keeps her BFF safe and herself free of harm from the band of evil vampires known as Strigoi who keep attacking St. Vladimir’s.
God, there’s so much to keep track of. There are the Moroi – not vampires vampires, but mortal vamps with minor forms of the bloodsucker afflictions we’re all aware of. There are the Dhampir, half human and half Moroi, who train up like the Dauntless initiates in Divergent. There are the Strigoi, standard-issue evil vampires with glowing red eyes and bulging veins. Oh, wait, did we mention that the Moroi also have sets of competing royal bloodlines, and political squabbles over succession? And what about “Spirit,” a form of magic that draws on stigmata and miraculous powers of healing? Or the controversial nature of dhampir-moroi mastication. Or “blood whores.” Or getting shadowkissed. Or earth-majicking. And wait, what about the psi hounds?! Vampire Academy is based on the bestseller by Richelle Mead, and there would certainly be more space in a novel to explore and contextualize all of this specialized language. But the script for the film version, from Heathers screenwriter Daniel Waters (he’s also the director’s brother), just keeps lazily tossing these terms into a haphazard pile. And since so few members of the cast wish to elaborate on their characters’ interaction with any of it – Gabriel Byrne’s sickly, doddering old royal is a nonfactor, Olga Kurylenko’s headmaster is a cartoonish villain – all of the magic and secret ancient race gobbledygook in Vampire Academy is just so much mush.