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Swamp Thing is an American superhero horror drama web television series based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The series premiered May 31, 2019, on DC Universe. In June 2019, the series was canceled one week after its premiere aired.

Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing logo.png
Genre
Based on
Developed by
Starring
Composer(s)Brian Tyler
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Wilmington, North Carolina
Cinematography
  • Pedro Luque
  • Fernando Argüelles
  • Nathaniel Goodman
Editor(s)
  • Mark Stevens
  • Scott Draper
  • Tim Mirkovich
Running time52–60 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkDC Universe
Original releaseMay 31, 2019 (2019-05-31) –
present

Contents

PremiseEdit

Abby Arcane returns home to Marais, Louisiana to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, where she develops a bond with disgraced scientist Alec Holland. After Holland tragically dies, Arcane discovers the mysteries of the swamp and that Holland may not be dead after all.[1]

CastEdit

MainEdit

  • Crystal Reed as Abigail "Abby" Arcane: A CDC doctor investigating a horrific life-threatening epidemic in her hometown.[2] Melissa Collazo portrays teenage Abby.
  • Virginia Madsen as Maria Sunderland: The wife of Avery Sunderland, whose grief over the loss of her daughter Shawna resurface when Abby returns home, and draws Maria into the supernatural mysteries of the swamp.[3]
  • Andy Bean and Derek Mears as Alec Holland / Swamp Thing: As the elemental superhero Swamp Thing, Holland struggles with holding onto his humanity while defending the town and the natural world at large. Bean portrays Holland while Mears performs Swamp Thing in a "physical costume" instead of a CGI while also voicing him.[4]
  • Henderson Wade as Matt Cable: A police officer along with his mother Lucilia, who finds himself in dire straits when supernatural events begin to threaten the town. He's also an childhood friend of Abby.[5]
  • Maria Sten as Liz Tremayne: A local newspaper reporter and bartender who is a close childhood friend of Abby Arcane.[6]
  • Jeryl Prescott as Nimue / Xanadu: A blind fortune teller whose psychic abilities can reveal the future.[7]
  • Jennifer Beals as Lucilia Cable: The "tough as nails and pragmatic" sheriff of Marais with a strong devotion to her son Matt.[8]
  • Will Patton as Avery Sunderland: A prominent businessman in Marais who gives back to the community, yet is determined to harness the power of the swamp for profit as a pharmaceutical cornucopia. He was also the adoptive parent to Abby Arcane after her mother died[9].
  • Kevin Durand as Jason Woodrue: A biogeneticist brought in to study the properties of the swamp, leading him to become fixated on unlocking the potential of it, which has tragic and monstrous consequences for him. Durand is listed amongst the main cast but credited as special appearance.[10]

RecurringEdit

  • Leonardo Nam as Harlan Edwards: A gay CDC specialist who is Abby's second-in-command[11]
  • Ian Ziering as Daniel Cassidy / Blue Devil: A former stuntman who became semi-famous after playing the demonic Blue Devil in a film looking to regain his former fame.[12]
  • Elle Graham as Susie Coyle: A young girl who is diagnosed with “Green Flu” and appears to have a mysterious connection to Swamp Thing.

GuestEdit

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [13]Prod.
code
1"Pilot"Len WisemanTeleplay by : Gary Dauberman & Mark VerheidenMay 31, 2019 (2019-05-31)T33.01008
In Bayou Swamp, three men are hired to drop unknown cases into the marsh and are attacked by the plants themselves, killing two of them. 48 hours later, Susie, the daughter of Coyle, the survivor of the attack, becomes deathly ill with a mysterious illness that begins to spread throughout Marais, Louisiana. Dr. Abby Arcane of the CDC, a former resident of the town, is sent to help treat the virus with her second-in-command, Harlan. After meeting up with childhood friend and now policeman Matthew Cable, they come across Alec Holland, a disgraced scientist hired by Avery Sunderland for research. Alec believes that Sunderland's research is tied to the virus, and is investigating a mysterious mutagen accelerator found in the water. After finding Coyle's body, Abby and Alec begin to investigate together. However, upon beginning tests, Coyle's body reanimates with plantlike tendrils that attack the two and his own daughter. After Alec 'kills' Coyle with fire, the two meet up with Abby's friend and reporter Liz Tremayne. They're interrupted by Sunderland's wife, who angrily tells Abby to leave after helping with the virus. Later, Abby and Alec find the cases from the marsh, which are revealed to be releasing the mutagen accelerators into the swamp. While waiting for results on the accelerator, Alec and Abby bond, revealing bits of their pasts. Alec reveals that he manipulated test results in an experiment to prove his theories and Abby reveals that she was responsible for the Sunderland's daughter, Shawna's death. After getting the results, Alec departs alone to find the rest of the cases. In the swamp, Alec is shot by an unknown assailant and his boat is blown up with dynamite. Alec dies from his wounds and the swamp begins to wrap him with vines. Abby rushes to the scene only to be scared away by a tall, mossy creature with red eyes that emerges from the water.
2"Worlds Apart"Len WisemanMark Verheiden & Doris EganJune 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)T33.10352
The police investigate Alec's death, but disregard Abby's claim regarding the strange circumstances. Susie has a strange dream, where she sees Swamp Thing clawing at its body and later states how scared it feels. Maria Sunderland goes to meet Madame Xanadu who advises her against going after her daughter's spirit. Xanadu senses a disturbance between the light and the dark, and begs Maria to put her regrets to rest. Jason Woodrue and his wife arrive in Marais. Avery confronts them about the mutagen accelerator they created, which was supposed to make the trees grow faster and draw out the water from the swamp, resulting in land to develop and more resources from the trees. Woodrue claims his accelerator couldn't cause a disease but Avery demands that Woodrue investigates the illness. Susie escapes from her hospital room and escapes into the swamp on a patrol boat. The officer on the boat discovers two men, extracting one of the mutagen cases. When he attempts to search them, one of the men, Munson, retaliates and kills the officer. Susies escapes while Munson tries to dump the body into the swamp, but he sees her and begins to chase her. Abby and Matthew find the patrol boat. Matthew goes to search another nearby boat, while Abby stays to find Susie. Just before Munson can attack Susie, Swamp Thing arrives to defend her. It heals from deep stab wounds rapidly before summoning roots from the swamp to capture Munson and tear him apart. Abby finds Susie and Swamp Thing together, but takes Susie and leaves Swamp Thing. Susie tells Abby about how "he" doesn't understand what's happening to his body and that his name is Alec. Maria is shown to be resting on Shawna's bed, with her daughter's ghost lying beside her.
3"He Speaks"Deran SarafianRob FrescoJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)T33.10353
As the Swamp Thing walks away from Munson's body, it is resurrected by thousands of bugs which proceeds to kill several wild pigs and a hunter. Abby confides the revelation that the Swamp Thing could be Alec to Liz. A higher CDC official, Eli Troost is sent to supervise the situation that is growing out of control. After Harlan contracts the disease, Abby decides to break into Alec's lab and find out what he was working on. Liz confronts Gordon, a loan officer, about secret payments he has been supposedly making to Avery, but he refuses to talk. Gordon later talks to Avery, demanding he return all the secret payments or else he will talk, revealing Avery is actually in debt. Lucilia Cable interviews Avery about Alec's death and it is revealed that they were in a relationship, when Maria was suffering from her daughter's death. Shawna's ghost confronts Maria about Avery's lack of faithfulness. Abby is cornered by Munson in Alec's lab, but is saved by the Swamp Thing who briefly fights him before ordering the bugs to release him. Abby reveals she knows that he is Alec and says she needs his help. Alec reveals that the disease is not fighting, but fighting back to protect itself. Abby realizes that the antibiotics they were using only make the disease stronger and uses immuno-suppressants to relax it, temporarily saving Harlan, Susie and the other infected. Avery attempts to get more funds from Maria's family inheritance, but she refuses him after considering Shawna's words. Daniel Cassidy expresses his desire to leave Marais and has Xanadu read his card. Despite his usual cards coming up, they are inverted, meaning change is coming. Abby dances with Matt, while Alec looks on. Liz's girlfriend discovers a part of Alec's boat with bullet holes. Gordon refuses to cooperate with Avery and threatens to talk about him and The Conclave, but is killed by Avery.
4"Darkness on the Edge of Town"Carol BankerErin Maher & Kay ReindlJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)T33.10354
A young man, Todd, and his father discover a corpse hidden in a tree which scratches Todd. Todd later goes to work at Liz's father's, Delroy, place, but he begins to see a snake on his hand. In a panic, he begins to cut his hand with a knife before shoving it into a disposal. The resultant injuries kill Todd, but not before he scratches Delroy. Abby meets with Alec and obtains a sample of his tissue to study. He warns her of danger in the swamp. Dr. Woodrue sees Abby's study of Alec's sample and is amazed at the combined characteristics of animal and plant cells; He agrees to work with her on the sample. Delroy begins to see a masked man and begins to freak out, but is contained by Lucilia, Liz and Abby. He scratches Lucilia. Maria attempts to get closer to Susie, who is recovering well, while Avery holds a celebration to mark the end of the "plant flu". Delroy reveals the man he saw was responsible for killing his mother when he was young. Abby goes to investigate the area where Todd was infected and discovers the corpse and a hotel key. Alec tells her that a darkness was released from it. Xanadu feels a storm approaching the town. Liz looks up the hotel on the key and learns of a similar incident in the past, where the final victim simply vanished into the swamp; Abby theorizes that he knew he was infected and killed himself. Lucilia begins to see a vision of Matt dying, and attempts to shoot his "attacker". She's disarmed by Daniel, but she scratches Abby, who proceeds to rush into the swamp. She begins to see visions of a tall, faceless man who tries to take her. Alec arrives and takes the infection from her, before returning it to the corpse, where it gets buried. Alec reveals that the man did indeed kill himself to protect his loved ones, and that he learned it from the plants. He further states that the swamp has been polluted and that the balance has been shifted, iterating that this is only the beginning. Avery and Maria decide to take care of Susie instead of her uncle, but Avery arranged it with sinister intentions.
5"Drive All Night"[14]TBATBAJune 28, 2019 (2019-06-28)TBA

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On May 2, 2018, it was announced that DC Universe had given the production a script-to-series order. Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman were expected to write the first episode of the series and executive produce alongside James Wan, Michael Clear. Rob Hackett was set to serve as a co-producer. Production companies involved with the series were slated to include Atomic Monster Productions and Warner Bros. Television.[1] On September 4, 2018, it was reported that Len Wiseman would direct the series' first episode in addition to serving as an executive producer.[15]

Despite being released on DC Universe, the series does not exist in the same fictional universe as the service's other live-action series, including Titans and Doom Patrol.[16] On June 6, 2019, the series was canceled one week after its premiere aired.[17]

CastingEdit

In September 2018, it was announced that Crystal Reed and Maria Sten had been cast in the main roles of Abby Arcane and Liz Tremayne, respectively.[2][6] In late October and early November 2018, more series regulars were revealed, with Jeryl Prescott cast as Madame Xanadu,[7] Virginia Madsen cast as Maria Sunderland,[3] Will Patton cast as Avery Sunderland.[9] Andy Bean cast as Alec Holland with Derek Mears as the Swamp Thing,[4] Henderson Wade cast as Matt Cable,[5] and Kevin Durand cast as Jason Woodrue.[10]

In September 2018, Jennifer Beals was cast in the recurring role of Sheriff Lucilia Cable.[8] In December 2018, Ian Ziering joined the cast in the recurring role of Daniel Cassidy / Blue Devil,[12] and a month later, Leonardo Nam was cast as Harlan Edwards in a recurring role.[11]

FilmingEdit

Principal photography for the series commenced in early November 2018 in Wilmington, North Carolina and wrapped on May 6, 2019.[18][19]

Post-productionEdit

On April 17, 2019, it was announced that production for the series had been unexpectedly cut short due to creative differences with DC Universe's parent company WarnerMedia, thus reducing the original episode order from 13 to 10 episodes.[20] Further reports stated the series had been canceled due to budget shortfalls after the expected level of tax rebates offered by the state of North Carolina were substantially reduced.[21] A representative from DC Universe stated that the streaming service is being re-evaluated and that there are no plans for season 2. When asked why specifically the show was canceled, the spokesman responded, "Unfortunately, we are not in a position to answer at this time."[22]

ReleaseEdit

Swamp Thing premiered May 31, 2019, on DC Universe.[23]

Despite being canceled not long after its premiere, DC Universe will continue to air the remaining episodes of the series, with the finale being aired on August 2, 2019.[24]

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 92% approval rating based on 26 reviews, with an average rating of 7.37/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "By leaning into the horror of it all, Swamp Thing swims deep into the trenches of this strange world and returns with a scary good TV show."[25] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 67 out of 100 based on reviews from 5 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[26]

ReferencesEdit

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