INTRODUCTION: What do you get when you cross American Horror Story with elements of The Shining? You get Channel Zero! Now if you like me you probably seen the weird demon thing that’s made entirely out of teeth. I quite frankly and had no clue where that was from but I’ve seen the memes innumerable times. Well I finally got around to watching season 1 of Channel Zero and I have to say it is quite a horrible show. That isn’t to say that it’s not without Merit, but the show is just not for me. I know there’s about Four Seasons total but I don’t know if I can bring myself to watch past season 1. So for Kagegiving, here is my review.
PLOT: Dude goes back home do you see his mom after having been committed for three days to a psych ward with his past haunting him and he’s looking for answers, hoping it will help him put everything behind him, but weird Supernatural stuff starts happening and it all goes to hell.
CHARACTERS: The characters on the show a better developed than most in the beginning, sadly they don’t continue on that trend throughout the season. They’re all kind of bland and boring. I like the fact that they would give the character’s background, through exposition and flashbacks. You know make them seem real with traits from their childhood. It would have been nice if they’d kept this up had the weirdness of the town and candle cove to about mid season. It would of been stronger that way.
STORY: Story is actually relatively original, it’s fresh, or at least it appears that way.
DIALOGUE: The dialogue was mostly good I mean like I’ve always pointed out with you guys it’s hard to do bad dialogue, but this one didn’t have anything really strong or really quotable. there’s very few instances of very cringe writing , but not bad.
VISUALS: The visuals are very dated to the year 2000, I mean it looks very much like shows in that time. Which isn’t bad, it is actually preferable, especially compared to more modern-looking shows, which are just terrible. Dated works here and I would not call it retro.
MUSIC: The music is nothing to write home about in terms of being rememberable.. it’s not like Star Wars where it’s an iconic piece, but the music is high quality and helps to build a tension. There’s not a lot of tension in the show to begin with, it’s light levels of drama, but the music helps add tension that isn’t in the show.
ACTING: Acting was actually very solid by most the cast, there’s nothing that I consider really terrible at least out of my mind, occasionally there one or two times where it’s definitely off, but not overly so, at least not enough to have made me want to take off any points. I personally think that’s just say sometimes s*** happens and you know that was the best take they could muster, so you have to give credit. At least that the majority of the acting is still very excellent, even if it isn’t particularly Academy award-winning acting.
CONCLUSION: The show is not very memorable. There is nothing that standouts, to me other than that one iconic creepy tooth creature. I really feel like that’s the only thing from the show most people remember, I see nothing from latter seasons floating around. Just this one weird creepy things, that happens to be a Shudder advertisement. Ending was anti climatic, story was easy to predict, would of been better with no supernatural overtones. Maybe season two will be better, but I’m not optimistic. Overall it’s alright but nothing to write home about.
This gets a 3 out of 5