There are elder things
Things with fire
And things with wings
Spoiler alert: As always I will attempt to avoid spoilers. But given the complexity of the story, there are simply times when I cannot avoid it. If you’ve listened with me to season three, part one, then you should be fine.
Here we are at the end of another season of Tanis. Some things are the same, some have changed dramatically.
Sam and Morgan have finally found their way out of the woods. But neither of them wants to talk to Nic. Sam’s family has hired lawyers to keep him away from not only Sam but Tara as well. And Morgan is just gone.
Jeff is fine, though. Or, Carl is fine. He was visiting with his ex-wife after stumbling his way out of the woods. Still no sign of the missing plane.
Fortunately, Nic’s made a new friend, a girl named Calli. She’s the first person who’s refused to be on his podcast. At least, the first person who’s desire not to be recorded he’s respected.
It’s good that Nic has some new friends because other friends are being strange. We see Veronica multiple times this season. Or do we? She seems to be having interactions with Nic that she then has no memory of. Is she losing time? Are there two Veronicas? Your guess is as good as mine at this point.
Nic himself appears to have lived multiple lives. In his hypnotherapy sessions, he shares memories of a wife, a job, a life that he lived inside the cabin in the woods. Inside Tanis. He tells his therapist about searching for golden fish to open the door.
As usual, while the horror is there, it’s not overwhelming. So when we find people skinned and hanging in a tree, it’s startling.
Finally, Tanis has gone international. This season ended in the woods, as the first two seasons did. But it was the woods of Russia. Cameron Ellis also took a trip to Japan, to the suicide forest, Aokigahara. This is one of the most terrifying real-life places in the world. If you’ve never heard about this place, settle in for an hours-long deep dive. It is the second most popular place for people to commit suicide. Dense trees and greenery are interspersed with signs emploring people to think of their families and remember that life is sacred. It’s terrifying.
One note of warning. In episode ten, there is a sound effect that is downright painful. I am pretty sensitive to electronic sounds, but this was pretty awful. Be advised.
Other than that, it was a wonderful season that ends with a great twist and an awful cliffhanger. I can’t wait to sit down with season four.(4.5 / 5)