CSI: Vampire Hunters

On top of being addicted to an assortment of vampire TV shows, I am also a huge CSI junkie. Crime solving FTW! So when CSI: Crime Scene Investigation did an episode on vampires and werewolves, I was pretty excited (there may have been some girly squealing involved). In the episode Blood Moon the CSIs investigate a vampire and werewolf convention in order to solve the murder of one of its attendees – a vampire.

In spite of being excited for the episode, once I started watching I was instantly disappointed. I’m sorry CSI, I love you, but (most) vampire fans are not that cheesy and over-the-top. It was insulting how vampire fans were portrayed – dressed like tacky Victorians, red contacts, fake fangs… delusional and insane. Every “vampire” they interviewed was a giant sack of crazy. They acted as if they really were vampires, not just fans dressed as vampires. They  clearly weren’t sanguinarians, so I’m not sure what the writers were going for with these characters. It was the same deal with the werewolves, who of course, hated the vampires. Although, one werewolf claimed he transformed during the full moon. My best guess is that these guys were uberfans portraying vampires and werewolves in the most delusional and obsessive way. Overall, it was painfully unrealistic and lame.

The only thing that saved this episode for me was Dr. Langston (love him). The writers nailed the historical information behind vampires. Dr. Langston brought the show back to reality with his knowledge of science and history, saying just the right facts all throughout the episode. When he brought up porphyria I did a little happy dance (inside my head). Since I’m a huge fan of the history behind legends, hearing about it in Blood Moon made the episode for me.

“People invented stories about werewolves and vampires to explain the evil in the world, [they] couldn’t believe that people were capable of such terrible violence.” – Dr. Langston

– Moonlight

By Moonlight

Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).


  1. The episode of Castle “Vampire Weekend” (season 2, episode 6) had a better portrayal of vampire and werewolf fans. Law and Order: Criminal Intent (season 4, episode 12) also did a vampire episode but their view was more of vampire fetishism in a sex club. Still it seemed that the vampires in Law and Order could not tell the difference between fantasy and reality.

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  4. The writers have been inaccurate about subcultures before. For example, the furry episode presents them as being fetishistic freaks who frequently have ridiculously huge orgies in fursuits. The reality? No orgies, and only a small fraction of them wear suits. They all have strange hobbies and interests, but they’re otherwise normal people.

    It’s the same here. It’s just the writers trying to squeeze out some intrigue by using current pop culture phenomena.

  5. Far as I’m concerned all “fans” need intensive psychotherapy. Whether it’s vampires, werewolves, Star Trek, or what have you. The only people who attend these weird “conventions” are either people who can’t handle reality (no such thing as vampires, werewolves, ghosts, UFOs, Vulcans, Klingons, or Time Lords) or those who play to the obsessions of these poor unfortunates and make huge amounts of money off of them.

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