The Gecko Brothers and Ranger Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) are back in an exciting new season of From Dusk Till Dawn on El Rey Network! There are new villains in town now that Carlos, Malvado and the Twister are gone which means new faces and new battles. With plenty of new faces and returning favorites, it is bound to be quite an exciting season!
“Head Games” Aired 9/6/2016 *****stars
Written by Robert Rodriguez
Directed by Dwight H. Little
“La Reina” Aired 9/6/2016 *****stars
Written by Robert Rodriguez
Directed by Robert Rodriguez
*spoilers contained within*
El Rey Network kicked off the third season of From Dusk Till Dawn with a 2-hour, 2-episode premiere. “Head Games” opens up with the final moments of Carlos, Malvado and the Titty Twister. Seven moons later, we see Seth (D.J. Cotrona) and Richie Gecko (Zane Holtz) visiting the temple where they work with Lord Venganza Verdugo (Ana de la Reguera) and the remaining lords to combat new enemies that have arisen. The problem with these enemies is they are targeting humans and culebras. With the help of the Lords and Ranger Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia), the Geckos must get to the bottom of who these new enemies are. In “La Reina,” the boys track down Santanico (Eiza Gonzalez) while Freddie and Ximena (Emily Rios), Venganza’s second in command, find Brasa (Maurice Compte), a Xibalban who wants to destroy culebras.
Robert Rodriguez is a genius when it comes to shoot ’em up and horror. The show is fast-paced and action-packed. It didn’t take long for the premise of the new season to be set up and new characters to be introduced. We finally see the culebra lords and temple in a fully-functioning capacity. It was neat how they considered Texas and Mexico their own land with its own name. The Skull Keeper, or Calavera, was short-lived but he was a heck of a character in terms of his powers and how he used people to infiltrate the Geckos and the temple. Brasa was just getting started but it’s not hard to tell that he will become a fan favorite like Carlos was in seasons one and two. He is just as ruthless and maybe even smarter. While “Head Games” was a great way to open the season, “La Reina” was the best episode of the two. Eiza Gonzalez does such an amazing job as Santanico whether she’s bringing down culebra lords or running underground cage fighting. It starts off like Fight Club but quickly turns into Mortal Kombat when the Olmeca arrives and starts literally ripping culebras to shreds. The best character of premiere night was Kate who is now possessed by Amaru. Madison Davenport stole the show as she transitioned from the sweet, innocent girl next door to a soul-absorbing red-eyed harbinger of death. “There can only be one Queen!” That line, and that line alone, set the tone for her character and the season going forward.
From Dusk Till Dawn is an excellent show which is hidden within the television haystack. The characters are as great as the actors playing them. D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz are perfect as the Geckos. They play off of each other so well and infuse humor into an otherwise dramatic setting. The first two seasons as well as the original movie are on Netflix for those who want to watch for the first time. These first two episodes kicked season three off in such a way that you can’t help but want to keep watching. I give these episodes and the series as a whole five stars.
Season three continues the Gecko Brothers’ saga, as they fight their way through the world of culebras, the vampire-snake hybrids that control hidden empires in Texas and Mexico. Once the baddest outlaws in the land, Seth and Richie made a run for the border two years ago, to save their lives – and their fortune. They ran headlong into a bar full of bloodsuckers and bandits, facing off with the vampire goddess, Santánico. The Geckos joined her cause and settled an old score. It won them a place in the culebraworld. Now, that world is about to explode, and new enemies are gathering – dark forces, hell-bent on destruction and domination. It’s up to the Geckos to stop them – but they can’t do it alone.
From Dusk Til Dawn airs Tuesdays at 9pm on the El Rey Network. Check your local listings.
(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)