NOS4A2: review of the first season
A few months ago, I found this show on Amazon Prime. NOS4A2 is a horror series that will enchant you with its originality, with the great potential to become something truly unique.
Victoria McQueen discovers she has an amazing power: she can find lost things. Onboard her motorcycle, she just has to cross an imaginary bridge immersed in the woods, to arrive where she wants to be, in the place where the object of her research is located. But Charlie Manx also has a power; aboard his Rolls Royce Wraith, he accompanies unfortunate children to a place anchored in his imagination, an amusement park called Christmasland. Vic and Charlie’s lives are bound to collide and, fascinated by the strength of the girl’s power, he will not stop in front of anything or anyone.
This TV series is taken from the novel written by Joe Hill, published in 2013. The title is an integral part of the story, a pronunciation game that reveals a word whose meaning echoes in the darkest meanders of literature: Nosferatu.
Therefore, the vampire theme is the epicentre of the story, but we are not talking about traditional Dracula vampirism, no. It is not about the macabre action of sucking the blood of others, but the more subtle practice of draining the very essence of life, youth. But whoever undergoes this treatment loses his soul and becomes dominated by that lifeblood that flows through our veins, without which he can no longer live.
Charlie Manx, played by Zachary Quinto – perfect in this role -, is special, endowed with a great power that comes directly from his mind, from the strength of his imagination. But over time this gift has distorted because something inside him has been diverted forever. His 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith is part of him, a projection of himself, how he travels secret roads to reach his candy land.
Vic McQueen, played by the talented Ashleigh Cummings, is a girl who doesn’t have an easy life. He is a rather singular figure, in my opinion far from all clichés; her family falls apart, but she tries not to get overwhelmed. And when she knows Maggie Leigh, she realizes she has something different, a unique ability that will serve her against the evil that is coming.
The story captures attention from the first episode. It is a horror that hits hard, without being vulgar, banal, or too violent. Somehow, you get trapped in the charm of Charlie Manx, in the twisted world born of his mind; and Vic enters the heart with her disruptive strength, her being an independent girl, determined to live her life.
It is a TV series with a great impact. You will follow Vic with apprehension. And you will be upset Charlie looking for desperate revenge that will threaten to wipe out all his plans. An exciting, profound story.
Conclusion of the first season
In the last episode, Charlie seems defeated, along with his beloved Rolls Royce who is now reduced to a smoking carcass. The bond that unites him to the car has decreed his end, and Vic changes city to start again, along with the new life that grows within her.
But a mechanic is inevitably interested in that car of the past: is Charlie destined to get up from that hospital bed in which he is confined? Pending the second season, which awaits to come out from this June, I am confident of a worthy following.