‘Jabberwock’ on Syfy; A TV Movie Review

by on September 11, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Jabberwock on Syfy, starred Tahmoh Penikett (Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica, Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series) who led a relatively unknown cast that was directed by Steven R. Monroe (I Spit on Your Grave).

syfy movie 'jabberwock'

Jabberwock* is produced by American World Pictures.  *(The movie name is Jabberwock, not Jabberwocky as a few sites out there mistakenly call it.)

The TV movie opens with two men on their horses that come to a watering hole, hoping for water, but the water isn’t too safe to drink.  One of them talks about a great winged monster that terrorized the region sometime in the past and the first one laughs.

A very sudden thunderstorm erupts and they dash away from the water, but a poorly devised visual effect of lightning strikes hit an egg-shaped rock, hatching an itty-bitty winged beast which grows to full size within about a minute and then goes off to hunt our two poor victims.  One gets away, forcing him to have to live even longer throughout the movie.

We then break to watching Francis (Penikett) working his blacksmith shop and then we quickly meet the 2nd man from the first scene, in a sort of state of delirium, as he tells city folk about being hunted by this flying beast.

As city folk talk about how crazy he is, it, the Jabberwock, attacks, having tracked the drifter to this town.  Nice move buddy.

But then again everyone has to come outside to get bitch-slapped by the dragon-beast and the standard special-non-effect of the camera work showing the townspeople swinging their sword at the camera gets a wee bit over-used.

It snatches a village girl, and now the debate is about whether they go out after it to save the girl or stay put to protect the village.  Not sure they they debate this.  They obviously couldn’t protect it the first time.  Everyone came out to see what was going on!!!

And that’s how the movie goes.  The background music is pretty nice and there are some nice scenics too.  The Jabberwock is also well done, more or less.  Well, for this Saturday night movie.

Despite having the experienced cast member of Tahmoh Penikett didn’t help.  He seems so stagnate, or stiff.  I’m not really sure what to call it, but most of his character portrayals I see him in are not very animated.  When I first saw him in BSG, that role was perfect for him.  Ever since, I haven’t seem him strongly directed since he left Battlestar Galactica.  All I’ve seen of him is his stoic, dead-pan delivery of his characters, just like in Jabberwock.

Jabberwock is a slow-paced attempt at an action film that doesn’t pan out at all.  Then again, it is on par with most of the Saturday night TV fare we come to expect from our Syfy channel popcorn & beer nights.

Which is really the fun of it, right?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce Simmons September 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

No problem Nick… if you ever have any questions, come on by and fire away, I’m always glad to help out where I can. -Bruce

nick davis September 12, 2011 at 10:53 am

Hey thanks bruce on that actor from jabberwock.He sure looks like a swayze and sounded like patrick.I did some searching and found Patrick has one brother,name don swayze.thanks Bruce.

Bruce E. Simmons (BruSimm) September 12, 2011 at 10:24 am

Nick, my wife and I had that same impression, but he’s not. His name is Micheal Worth. And I’m pretty sure he’s not. It’s not mentioned under IMDb that he is a Swayze brother. It seems many feel the same way. -Bruce

nick davis September 12, 2011 at 10:14 am

I need to know the actors real name that played Alec in this syfy movie-jabberwock.He looked alot like Patrick Swayze and i was wondering if this actor is one of Patrick Swayze’s brothers.

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