Director: Mike Flanagan
Writer: Mike Flanagan
Stars: Kate Siegel, Zach Gilford, Kristin Lehman
RATING: 3.5 Stars
Riley Flynn returns home to family dysfunction, familiar faces and a new priest at St. Patrick’s. Elsewhere on the island, a dark storm is brewing. – From IMDB
This first episode is clearly all about set up. It’s introducing us to the characters, giving us a brief impression of their personalities, and giving us a little background on everyone. We are focussed on a very isolated community, so getting to know our characters is going to be crucial if the story is going to impact the audience in any way, and I feel in this first episode, Mike Flanagan has done that. Perhaps at the expense of the pacing of this first episode, as nothing really happens, but as I am sure we all know with Flanagan’s series, the real juicy stuff never really gets going until later on.
I am not as instantly hooked as I have been with his other shows, I think the slower pace of this first episode may have something to do with that, at this point there is absolutely no hint at what the plot might be, or what weird and creepy phenomena may be to come. I mean the scenes on the island with the cats were pretty creepy, but we have seen very little else. And yet despite this, there is still a chilling and creepy atmosphere around the town. The nearly abandoned feel to it, the old buildings and general state of disrepair all adding to the feeling of wrongness.
Not the captivating start that I was hoping for, but I am confident enough in this creators work to stick with it and see where it goes.