From Season 1 Episode 9 is the penultimate instalment of the first season of an American science fiction-horror television series created and written by John Griffin and executive produced by the Russo brothers. The premise – a seemingly normal middle American town is actually a nightmarish trap which keeps unwilling residents captive. But worse than that, at night murderous monsters roam the town and are only kept at bay if residents stay indoors and are protected by strange artefacts. Staying alive and searching for a way out occupy the minds of these unfortunate victims.
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Entitled “Into the Woods”, From Season 1 Episode 9 doubled and tripled down on not providing any answers concerning the elaborate “Mystery Box” which forms the premise of the series. Plot-wise, precious little was revealed as usual. Jim and Jade continue to build the communication tower on top of Colony House, Boyd and Kristi encounter more mysterious scenarios in the woodland Tabitha – like Jade in a previous episode – has a nightmarish vision that once more reveals nothing.
That all said, the only real saving grace of From Season 1 Episode 9 is an attempt to develop the characters a little bit more and to explore from these characters’ perspectives the possible impact of actually finding their way home. There is some discussion along the lines that false hope can be just as damaging as the dangerous situation itself and perhaps more thought could have been put into experiencing contentment for the situation the towns people found themselves in. Which is an intriguing perspective in itself.
These thematic explorations make up (slightly) the inherent flaws in From Season 1 Episode 9 and previous episodes in failing to deal with the mysteries themselves in any meaningful way. With the season 1 finale coming up, there’s a lot of ground to make up if this series is not going to considered a flop!
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