The first ten episodes finished this past weekend and we have more mysteries than we started with. Normally, that’s not a good thing, but there were enough twists and turns to keep it interesting.
In case you haven’t seen it, quick summary of the premise: people driving along a road come to a tree blocking it. When they turn around they end up in a town and after driving through, the same tree. They are stuck in the town. And at night, creatures come out and tear you apart unless you are inside with a talisman on the wall to keep them out. There’s no way to escape, although people are trying in various ways. An interesting twist in episode 9 was a handful people actually floating the concept, which actually makes sense, that, except for, you know, the creatures that can eat you at night, it’s not a bad place to live.
I had a moment watching the last episode. I always try to figure out what the “original idea” for a story is. It all has to start somewhere. Since every idea has been done, it’s usually a question of finding the twist on an already done idea. Last night I thought: this is The Truman Show with horror. A self-contained area where the trapped people are being observed and played with. At times, torn to shreds.
I actually have a lot of different ideas about what is happening in this place where the people are trapped. I’m probably wrong on all counts. Which is good. It keeps me coming back for more.
There are some rough spots, and some not so good acting, but enough twists to make it worth watching I hope it gets another season and we actually do find out what’s going on.