Netflix released a horror show called Archive 81. The promotional trailer did not do justice to how good the series turned out to be. The story is told through videos on videotapes being restored by the protagonist, and the narrative does a great job of overlapping the past with the protagonist’s life and work in the present.
With each episode, the story expands and becomes partly more mysterious and partly more clear, which is a great mix and kept my attention. Even though the narrative got mystical and complex, I never felt like it was trying to trick or confuse me. Like the protagonist, I was eager to dive further into the evidence to uncover what the heck was going on.
“When I was little I, like, worshiped Halloween. And truthfully, part of me still does. ‘Cause it’s your one chance all year to be someone else.” ~ Angela Chase
As a 90s teen, I lived for My So-Called Life. I taped the episodes on VHS so I could re-watch them obsessively. Oh, the days before binging on streaming sites. The Halloween episode was an ethereal ghost story about teenage souls meeting across time. Cheesy, but just enough. My favorite part of the episode was Angela’s sister Danielle dressed up as Angela.