These guidelines aren’t instantly clear to the viewer, both. Who can see Sundown Curve at any given second? What can they work together with? What ghost props have they got entry to, and what have they been doing for the two-and-a-half a long time since they died, anyway? There’s a variety of very particular ghost lore that the present must get straightened out, and watching all that unfold isn’t a very comfy or pleasing course of.
However as soon as the ghosts’ powers and limitations have been established, issues begin to click on into place, and the present turns into a really light, very candy comedy-drama in regards to the pleasure and despair of being a teen. Julie has to navigate the standard highschool friendships, crushes, and rivalries, in addition to mourning her mum and dealing with three extraordinarily disruptive invisible pals. The early silliness doesn’t completely vanish, however the present’s tone evens out because the relationships between characters develop. No matter it lacks in logic, it makes up for in coronary heart. Reggie’s friendship with Julie’s oblivious dad (Carlos Ponce) is a superb instance of that juxtaposition of absurdity and heat, whereas Alex’s budding romance with fellow ghost Willie (Booboo Stewart) is cute, if possibly a bit too coy. Sometimes, it feels just like the present may be at risk of toppling over into mawkishness, nevertheless it will get away with it by way of sheer, unadulterated sincerity.
It’s irritating that the scripts don’t all the time take advantage of the present’s excessive idea premise, although. Regardless of being a narrative about ghosts, there’s an nearly complete lack of spookiness. Horror followers may get a kick out of the primary episode’s prologue – set on the fateful evening when the Sundown Curve boys met their premature ends, it gleefully nods to the anticipation and dread of the Last Vacation spot motion pictures – however past that, the ghosts may as nicely be Care Bears. And contemplating it is a story a few woman from 2020 teaming up with a bunch of boys from the mid-1990s, there’s little or no comedy or drama mined from the inevitable tradition conflict between them.
Then once more, at simply 9 30-minute episodes lengthy, that is very a lot a mini-series, and the cliff-hanger ending arrives simply because it appears to be hitting its stride. The introduction of Caleb Covington (American Horror Story’s Cheyenne Jackson) because the dapper proprietor of a ghost-friendly nightclub, and the rising success of Julie and the Phantoms as a band regardless of the apparent limitations to their performances, have a lot dramatic potential that the creators should certainly have one eye on a second season. Assuming it finds sufficient of an viewers to make it value Netflix’s whereas, then, there must be time to discover these alternatives afterward, with out worrying about holding the viewers’s hand by way of the paranormal stuff.