First Kill attempts to pick up the stake and run with its vampire vs. monster hunter in love premise
First Kill is based on the short story by bestselling YA novelist V. E. Schwab, who is both an executive producer and co-writer of the eight-episode first season.
Framed as a modern day, sapphic Romeo and Juliet, the main story centers on two teens, Juliette Fairmont (Sarah Catherine Hook) and "Cal" Burns (Imani Lewis). Both attend Lancaster Academy in Savannah, Georgia, and are intrigued by one another.
In the first half of the pilot, “First Kiss,” Juliette tells her side of the tale, literally and figuratively.
Leaning far too much on voiceover, she shows and tells us about how she feels out of place in her opulent family that are all Waspishly gorgeous and well-attired.
Juliette is instead sweet and socially awkward, and desperately trying to navigate what seems like onset puberty with family-prescribed pills she has to take several times daily.