Web of Darkness by T+E just hit the second episode and boy is it a doozy. We’ve got a lot to unpack here in a spoiler-free review, so let’s get cracking!

The stories

Where do we start? This episode has a little bit for everyone. Revenge, for the most part, is the thread that holds this episode together. Revenge and fear go hand in hand like Nutella and Canadians. I did enjoy the setup for the revenge and, without spoiling anything, the payoffs are not always what one would consider fair – yet they are all fitting.

…a bit like training wheels for horror

Jim on the target market
Web of Darkness S1E2 a scarecrow with a pumpkin head hangs from the porch as a woman with a sinister Halloween mask looks on
Web of Darkness S1E2

We can’t go too far into things without spoiling, but the other tying theme is that each episode raises more questions than it answers. This isn’t a bad thing, though. Not everything has to be wrapped up into a neat little bow. I enjoy how the show allows you to make those choices of the ‘why’ or ‘how’ yourself. In this aspect, it resembles the concept – an internet search that led to some weird stuff. We’ve all rabbit holed down the internet before and most of us don’t inch closer to the ‘why’ or ‘how’. Art reflects life.

Audience and Rating

T+E produces slick and smooth horror shows. Web of Darkness falls directly into this net. It’s well lit, acted, sound, graphics/CGI – it’s all slick. The weak spot is the writing. This comes into two places – the voice overs are distracting forms of exposition that explains things that are physically happening on screen. ‘I am going to get coffee’ he said in his mind as he walked to the coffeepot and poured a cup of coffee. Exposition, on a good day, is difficult and ugly. Putting it where it isn’t needed runs an unnecessary risk of alienating (no pun).

The second part of the writing that doesn’t fully click with me is the angle. I think Web of Darkness is more for preteens or early teens. This seems a marked departure from the rest of the channel programming that is teen and higher. That’s not a bad thing in itself, though. Even we have a kid horror podcast in the works. Variety is the spice of life (oh my!).

All that said, it’s still a T+E production and worth the watch to make your own opinion. It’s a bit like training wheels for horror. If you have someone who is a bit squeamish but you still want to share your love of horror with them then Web of Darkness might be your perfect solution.

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Jim Phoenix

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