Dad dies tragically so ma and sprogs move to small town and spooky family mansion, seething with secrets.
Episodes watched : One.
Been there, seen that. Cool idea, same old execution. I just didn’t feel any burning curiosity to keep going. So I jumped to…
Grandad dies mysteriously so the fam move back to a small town and the mansion, which is way less pretty.
But sarky humour and cute gay boy, so I was hopeful.
Episodes watched : Four – ish.
I realised the teens couldn’t act, the monster quota was way down and the script was becoming a cringy PSA. The writers needed to take a hefty dose of ‘Milkovich’.
And I needed to switch to…
Dad has killed himself BUT it’s mysterious. They never left the small town and no mansion as poo-er.
I coped with the voice over coz more of an inner monologue and I coped with the continuing 80’s renaissance (half Stephen King and half John Hughes) but I couldn’t keep on coping, when every character is so samey! No surprises and no variations. Also not enough mystery.
Episodes watched : Six (half hour duration) really only three.
I was feeling despondent until I finally tried…
Dead Dad – Check.
Mum and sons return to small town – Check.
Macabre mansion of the bad guys – Uber check.
I didn’t think I could cope with the serial killer glasses.
And this one is different. Not just cause it’s Norwegian and set in the most amazeballs location.
The teens are gormless, the baddies bizarre and fun, the gaining of powers “realistic” and I cared in a short space of time. Ticks all round.
Alas the love interest is a dull plot device, they kill off the best female character and the ending is SO LAME I almost threw the TV out the window. Still I felt more gripped, amused and transported than watching that other supernatural shizzle.
So why not give it a try? Season 2 promises a chance for redemption.
What else you gonna do in the apocalypse?