Channel Zero Anthology Series on Syfy

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  1. ImmortalSlasher

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    I reviewed a few episodes of the first series called Candle Cove during the Halloween month last year. The second season called The No End House just started last week.

    This is a pretty good little series that Syfy is running and they renewed it for two extra seasons. The next one will be called Staircases and features one of the It Follows actresses. The fourth one will be called Hidden Door.

    Here is my quick review of the first episode of The No End House:

    During the opening I forgot this was called Channel Zero and thought we are going to get yet another mysterious TV channel show like in Candle Cove. And then the setup was slow with the usual teenage stuff. But it gets better and turns into an awesome start for the first episode. I had a feeling where it was going as I couldn't imagine that they would continue with the setup for the whole season. And it has the potential to be really good. By the way, I would have been out of there at the first room.

    This is worth checking out during the October month.
     
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    Despite lots of acclaim in the horror community, I thought both seasons were pretty dull and unremarkable.

    But news for those who do love it:

    Season two aired last fall, but you won't have to wait a full year. Season Three, titled Channel Zero: Butcher's Block, premieres on the SyFy channel on February 7th.

     
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    I really liked the first season. The second, not so much. I'll watch the third to see where it goes but i have low expectations.
     
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    That's earlier than I expected for the next one. And they changed the name of it. I'll watch but I think the show might be better if they were to shorten the stories to 3 episodes. Perhaps during the Halloween month have an episode Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. But break it into different stories each week. As with both seasons so far I thought the stories kind of fell apart or I lost some interest after the reveal and the first few episodes.
     
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    It took me a few months to get through season one. Unusual bit I wasn't crazy about it. I will give the second season a shot.
     
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    I watched the whole season. As with all of these Channel Zero seasons so far, the first episode is the best. However with this season, I liked the setup the least of all of them. And because of that I was glad when I finished the season. These seasons are only six episodes and unlike the previous two, I watched one of Butcher's Block per day. Previously I would watch one a week when they were released. I will say a slight spoiler
    in that if you ever thought small people couldn't be threatening, the opening of the first episode will change your mind.
    But other than that, like the other two seasons, it just kind of gets boring with the later episodes.
     
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    Apparently they kind of listened to my story a week idea and the next Channel Zero season will air every day leading up to Halloween.
     
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    So that was crazy. After three boring-as-hell lull-you-into-a-coma seasons of Channel Zero, they somehow managed to hit a home run with their latest season, titled The Dream Door. I'll have to credit director E.L. Katz with making this season a success, as he also made the excellent film Cheap Thrills.

    This season was great. It grabs you from the first episode, and manages to keep the focus all the way to the end. The killer here, referred to as Pretzel Jack, is really creepy and fun. Expect small roles from Steven Weber, Barbara Crampton, and Gregg Henry. It definitely gave me shades of It Follows, only they're being followed by a scary ass contortionist clown. There are also various other horror references throughout, including a fun homage to the famous jump scare in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. The Brood is another one that jumps out.

    Feel free to avoid the first three seasons of Channel Zero like the plague, but The Dream Door is worth a try. It's only 6 episodes so think of it as an extended movie. Also, this is an anthology series, so every season is standalone. You can jump right in at the first episode of The Dream Door. This season was crazy fun from start to finish.
     
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    Have to agree with you, despite the fact that I do like the show. First season had it's moments but there was nothing concluded. Second season had some fucking awesome moments but then fell flat. Season three was dog shit and a massive disappointment. I have not seen season four but based off your mini review I'll check it out.
     

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