Ghost Wars is one of those shows where you know the whole reason it exists is because a producer came up with what they thought was a really cool name and only then started thinking about something to attach it too.
The story takes place in a small island town in Alaska and follows Roman Mercer, a young psychic who has the ability to communicate with ghosts. When a nearby lab’s experiment goes horribly wrong, a portal to the netherworld is ripped open and an army of evil undead spirits begins invading.
It reads like shlocky B-Horror and for the most part it is, right down to the casting of freaking Meat Loaf as a main character. While the cast gives it their best shot, I think the show would have been a lot better if it didn’t take itself so seriously. As it stands, it often ends up being more melodrama than drama.
There are some sparks of brilliance, however. There’s a running subplot about the ghosts manipulating the townsfolk through hallucinations which becomes a major plot point near the end. To its credit, the show does use this effectively and while it isn’t exactly a major twist, it is still pretty gut-wrenching to watch the characters realise how badly they’ve been tricked.
Sadly, this doesn’t save the series as a whole from being more than just okay. It certainly doesn’t help that it ends on a cliff-hanger for a second season that will never come since it was cancelled shortly after release.