So, what – you might ask – is a Vetala? The Vetala or Baital are an Indian vampire type as featured in the Baital Pachisi, which was reworked and introduced to western audiences in 1870 by Sir Richard Burton as Vikram and the Vampire. Isabel Burton, in her 1893 preface to the work, described them as “a huge Bat, Vampire, or Evil Spirit which inhabited and animated dead bodies”. Unusually the Vetala seems to be more benign than many of its western counterparts.
|Paul Mendel as Alex|
|Candace Chase as Lily|
|Boykos about to be thrown|
|caught on camera|
The show has some impressive photography and I really want a season 2 so that we can find out what Vignale has planned for Lily and to get a richer vein of lore. This first season is clearly a set up into a wider story, and there is nothing wrong with that at all - especially when it is well put together. There is an imdb page here and the episodes can be viewed here.