I was actually quite excited to see Netflix upload the second season of Creeped Out, a British horror anthology series that revolves around a character called The Curious, who serves as the narrator of the series. I must say though that while I was impressed by the first season, I was a tad disappointed about the follow up and felt like it was an inferior continuation of the franchise.
While Creeped Out Season 1 delivered a crossover vibe between Are You Afraid of The Dark and Goosebumps, the second season failed to recapture the charm of the original episodes as it delved mainly on teen issues and the bane of technology. The first series was whimscal caution into the what ifs but the second season felt like a juvenile version of Black Mirror.
There were good episodes. Don’t get me wrong. I liked some of the episodes like One More Minute, which revolved around a teenager who misses out on life because he couldn’t stop playing a video game. However, the main culprit that made the series lose its stream was the very bad acting among the cast members.
There are many series who count on the strengths of their young cast to deliver a memorable show but Creeped Out‘s teen cast for this season had very little charisma, and very minimal convincing power to sell the creepy stories they were supposed to. As a result, I could very well shrug off the entire time I devoted to watching this anthology series that tried hard to recapture the magic of the original season, no doubt.
Its a shame because there were great stories this season of Creeped Out, and there were attempts by showrunners Robert Butler and Bede Blake to go out of the box, especially with the episode Tilly Bone with its reverse storytelling style. The attempt to tap into The Shining or The Breakfast Club in some of its episodes was not lost on me as well. The main problem was really the lack of a strong cast to execute the ideas properly. Still, I would watch a third season based on the potential of Season 2 and the strength of Season 1. The best part about the show is that it can always start with a clean slate given its anthology format.