I wasn’t expecting to review this series, or any series for that matter. I was going to keep it to music and movies, but after watching the first season within a few days, it was hard not to talk about this amazing story. Not only was the story told very well, but the visualization was beautifully done, despite it being a sad and dark tale.
The first thing that’s to be mentioned is the plot. So the story involves a family of seven named the Cranes that moved into a mansion for the summer to renovate and flip later that year. However, everyone soon realizes they bought more than they expected forcing them to abandon the house. The season goes back and forth between the siblings from their childhood at the house to their dark and twisted adult lives, which I thought would be much to take in but the director, Michael Flanagan, did a great job with the flow.
The show is mainly centered around the children, although the parents do play a prominent role. There’s Steve, the oldest child who became a writer and used his experience at the house as a selling point for his latest novel. Then there’s Shirley, who is the oldest daughter. She’s somewhat level headed and sometimes acts as the oldest. While she comes off as a stubborn perfectionist, she later shows that she’s far from that. Next we have the middle child Theo (my favorite) who’s pretty badass. She takes their family tragedy pretty hard and resorts to reckless decisions just to feel again. we next have the twins, Luke and Ellie. Luke turns into a junkie and Ellie might be the most mature and most together character in the show. Finally there’s the parents, Hugh and Olivia, whom do play a major part in the story but I don’t want to give too much away other than saying it started with the mother and ended with the father.
One of the things I loved about the show was the visualization and the use of color throughout the season. When the show would go to a flashback scene/episode, the style was more colorful and warm displaying an easier time in their lives. But when the show returned to the present, the scenes were colder and much darker, reminding everyone the grief the family is going through, even through jokes.
Another fun feature on the show was the Easter eggs of ghosts in every episode. I didn’t catch every ghost (mainly because I wasn’t looking immediately), but some are more exposed than others. Some play a prominent role in the season while others are there simply there for fun. And I’m pretty certain there was a Michael Myers ghost in the kitchen at one point which I think was in the appropriate halloween episode. Guess I’m going to have to watch the show again.
Even though halloween is slowly winding down, I highly recommend watching this series whenever you have a moment to binge watch. The episodes are roughly 40 minutes minus the finale which clocked at just over an hour, and there’s only 10 episodes so it won’t take long to finish the first season. I’ve caught a few Netflix shows, but this might be the best series they’ve released, and I’m including the Marvel shows. Punisher is an awesome series, but this takes the crown. I’m also not one to flinch during a spook, but there is one season in an episode that almost had me spit out my water. Did not see it coming at all. A holy s*** may have been yelped. I’m a man. I’ll admit, freaked me the hell out. Well done Michael Flanagan for directing this show. Looking forward to see what season 2 has to bring.