NOS4A2 – Season 1 | Review


Published on Jun 13, 2019


There is a lot of Joe Hill in the television adaptation of NOS4A2 (a play on words and numbers to “Nosferatu”), and not only because the author of the book of the same name on which it is based. But perhaps not enough.

Jami O'brien tells in the style of claustrophobic, but might be too “elementary” of Vic McQueen, a teenager from the artistic soul who discovers he is a “strong creative” or have a power to the limit of reality. In his case, to find lost things by crossing a bridge theoretically demolished many years before. A power in spite of himself, as any “superhero” self-respecting, and a power which, obviously, has a cost: his eye bleeds, and makes you a headache exponentially stronger every time he crosses it.

As in every Great Story that respects, there is a villain of turn, here, magically interpreted by one Zachary Quinto always older (or younger, depending on your point of view), an evil being named Charlie Manx who feeds on the souls of the children, leaving what remains of them to Christmasland – a place left that is created by the imagination of the Manx, where every day is Christmas and the sadness is outlawed. But given the name and appearance seems to be the perfect Kingdom for all children. This is mainly because it is highlighted not so much they want to play and eat sweets, but their not being heard and “taken seriously” by the adults.

A bit like the Glass was for other reasons, NOS4A2 to play with the stylistic elements of the supermen to tell a cross-section of contemporary american society, both from the eyes of the parents “adults” and those of the children more or less teens (a look very much reminiscent of the comic book Hill Locke & Key).

Photography plays continuously with the contrast of the cool colors for the way to Christmasland, and for the bridge, while the hot ones are concentrated in the homes of children and adolescents. Should, therefore, represent the familiar warmth inside of them, but often in the same context actually proves to be toxic and then the roles are continually reversed and overlapping continuously in this show. Paradoxical, if we think that, in theory, Christmasland should be on the color of the red from the premises described by the Manx, and in our imagination of the spectators gave it the name of”Atlantis” for children. A mythological place mentioned in the comics that Vic lends itself to the janitor of the school, in a game (the word becomes more and more important in this serial), metatextual, loved Hill.

Vic (Ashleigh Cummings) represents all the contradictions, and the sincerity of the teenagers of the suburbs, who dream of a life far away, and often through art – you would like to attend the university, and, moreover, an art school, but the parents are poor and can not afford it. The mother is very young is more pragmatic while the father continues to tell her to chase her dreams at any cost. Vic in his “journey of growth” by the book, you'll meet other strong creative as you but with different abilities, as the medium Maggie (Jahkara Smith) colored in the hair.

NOS4A2 is a series that plays continuously on the whet the audience to want to continue in the vision of the episodes, but it lost in the outcry from the “children's story” by failing to make the jump to join in horror for adults and so much to be in vogue at the moment... waiting to get to Christmanland and see if it really is the Paradise that sings the Manx, or the Hell from which there is no turning back.

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