In Review: Swamp Thing: Pilot

Something unnatural is happening in the swamps outside Marais, Louisiana.

Synopsis: Something unnatural is happening in the swamps outside Marais, Louisiana. When a mysterious illness strikes the town, CDC investigator (and former Marais native) Abby Arcane is sent to investigate.

Review: The pilot episode for Swamp Thing ticks all the boxes by giving us an engaging cast of characters and a solid origin story. But what can we expect to see in future installments?

The Story

Swamp Thing begins with us seeing some folks dumping something in the Marais Swamps and being attacked by the swamp for doing so.

After this introduction, we get introduced to Abby Arcane who has returned to her home town in order to get to the bottom of a mysterious illness, which is affecting the townsfolk. While investigating Abby has her first meeting with Alec Holland who helps her with a few possible leads but as the story progresses we find out that both Abby and Alec have a few skeletons in their closets.

Abby is under pressure from Maria Sunderland to find answers and save one of the town’s children. What doesn’t help matters is a certain faction, which does not want Alec or Abby investigating the Swamp.

The Acting

Crystal Reed comes off as immediately likable and a little complex as Abby Arcane while Andy Bean is well suited to playing the human side of the Swamp Thing as Alec.

Virginia Madsen is brilliant as Maria Sunderland who has a past with Abby that doesn’t have the two on good terms. Which is going to make things interesting as the series progresses.


This is a wonderful start for Swamp Thing, which is to date the only gothic horror show that has streamed on the DC Service and will likely be a tent pole show for the channel. The effects were suitably thrilling and the music score does a great job of ramping up the tension without taking over completely.

I loved the sequence in the opening of the episode where the swamp attacks the crooks on the boat. And the sequence at the close of the episode, which gives us our first look at Swamp Thing is done brilliantly.

The story is pretty much an environmental one and about ecology, which is perfectly in keeping with the characters and premise of the comic and much more relevant now in light of Extinction Rebellion than it was when the show was first conceived.

Overall. I like many viewers can’t wait until next week.

Swamp Thing: Pilot
  • Story
  • Acting
  • CGI
  • Incidental Music

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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