Channel Zero: No End House (Syfy)
Episode 2: Nice Neighborhood
*Spoilers ahead if you don’t watch the show.
This felt slow. As my grandmother would say, “like watching molasses going uphill in the winter time.”
I think the death of JD was supposed to be a big, shocking deal. However, because the character was a selfish, coward – the death was a surprise but it didn’t have the impact that I think the writers wanted.
The weird thing at the very end – that was a shock but then episode was over. Is it strong enough to carry an audience into a third week?
I almost wish this were a two-hour movie – it would tighten up the story.
Then again, it’s only the 2nd episode; maybe I’ll feel differently next week.
No End House
-So, if each person must traverse the hell of their own creating and “hell” looks just like the suburbs…weren’t they already in a type of hell to begin with?
-How is there a house “for sale” here? Whose memory is this?
-She had been waiting to use that “You don’t have a Dad” line on Jules – holding it in her back pocket for the right argument. Jules slipped right back in with an uppercut: “You don’t either.” Best exchange of the night. (TeamJules!)
-Grief can definitely lead people to do foolish things but ignoring that you’re in trouble to pretend with Not The Father is a bit much.
-I knew her story about her dad dying accidentally wasn’t the whole story. However, I don’t think this suicide revelation is the complete truth either. -What was the medication even for?
Not The Father
-If one of the NEH creations touches your head, it can bring forth a physical manifestation of someone you remember—and eat it. Okay…
-So, are the neighbors who are “taking out trash” – just getting rid of the corpses of the “people” they’ve eaten.
-Do you erase the person from the memory – will Margot no longer remember her mother? Will she just not remember her mother at the pool? Or will it have no bearing on her memories at all?
-I’m sure that song he played was a dig at Jules.
JD (note imdb calls this character JD, Syfy recaps call him JT.)
*Poor JD – when you are the thing that you regret most… How could he not know that the Alpha version of himself would despise him? This takes self-hate to a different level.
-If I’m reading imdb correctly, the girl with Alpha JD was hollow girl #6. I suppose this is what happens to you after you succumb to the charms of your personal Room 6.
-I’m betting that Jules was crying over her own problem – not weeping because of her distance from Margot. Not wanting to be around other people’s pain when you are going through your own isn’t the worst sin in the world.
-At least our girl knows better than to eat food prepared by a dead man.
-Wonder how her family will figure into her story…whenever we get around to more than teases.
-I don’t trust him. If Lacey, the girl at the very beginning of episode 1 was running from the No End House version of him (her memory of him?)—who knocked her to the ground, etc… What does that say about the “real” him?
-Maybe week 3 he’ll get some shine. For now, we know he won’t abandon the girls. Cool.
-His outfit matches the house though. It would be interesting if he were working with NEH house – showing up the same day it does and slyly getting targeted people to talk about their fears and nightmares. We shall see.
Channel Zero: No End House (Syfy)
Episode 1: This Isn’t Real
Full of guilt and grief after the death of her father, Margot has withdrawn from the world. Her friend Jules stops by to break her out of this funk. Both get a weird video announcing the arrival of No End House.
Jules convinces Margot to go to a bar where they meet J.D. (a childhood friend) and Seth (handsome stranger). J.D. knows all about No End House and fills them in on the lore. Basically, it’s a highbrow pop-up haunted house that is the stuff of legends. There are six rooms. Each successive room gets weirder, more frightening. People who are brave enough to make it into the sixth room are never seen again.
The gang goes back to Margot’s house and end up discussing their nightmares and fears around the pool. Margot sees a commercial for No End House that finally reveals its location. The group ventures to NEH and despite seeing people leaving the house sick/vomiting, they go in…and life will never be the same.
Overall, it wasn’t a bad first episode. It left me with a lot of questions and I’m willing to stick around for the answers. I don’t think the following is spoilery, but if you haven’t seen the 1st episode this probably won’t make much sense. 🙂
How is No End House related to Candle Cove?
The series have at least two things in common right off the bat:
#1 words carved on flesh. (Mike from Candle Cove had carved “Come Home Mike” into his arm. Lacey, the very first person we see in No End House, has “This Isn’t Real” carved into her arm.)
#2 the long hallway of dread/
Will all of the stories in the Channel Zero series have a big, overarching story attached to them? Could No End House be a manifestation of Eddie and/or Mike from Candle Cove?
No End House
-I like that they turned the haunted house into and art installation. It gives the event an air of pretentiousness and explains why no one is disturbed about this structure appearing out of the blue.
-The house generously gives you an exit door for the first three or four rooms. There is more than enough warning, it essentially says to them, “I know what you are afraid of and you will meet your nightmares here.” The gloves come off when you miss your last chance to leave.
-I do wonder if people who take the exit really do get to leave, but I like to think the house plays fair.
Can We Trust The Narrative? (Or the incredible moving car)
I have a strong suspicion that we aren’t watching a linear narrative.
Quick Character Notes
J.D. – I think his bust did not change because, while others hide their fears inside, he wears his on his skin (tattoos). [Funny how he is the most enthusiastic about NEH but, per Jules, is the only oen of the group who hasn’t received an invitation.]
Jules – I hope her fears don’t have anything to do with succubi/sexuality.
Margot – I wonder if she has other reasons to feel guilty.
Seth – Um, he’s cute I guess. In a puppy dog way.