Starts very effectively, but...
Dark. Gruesome. Deadly. Dangerous. Gory. And whatever other shadowy adjectives you can think of.
For once, the Viewer Discretion Advised warning must be taken seriously. Nothing nearly as terrifying as this show has ever blackened America's broadcast airwaves with its presence before. Not even American Horror Story,
which is at times too campy
to be genuinely scary.
Trigger warnings abound throughout the pilot alone: eyes are gouged out, throats slit, blood spilled on everything, the thud of a damaged heart echoing over everything else,
and overall lack of humor and/or comic relief. Even the sun seemed too afraid to show itself on the days the pilot was being shot.
That said, though, it's a great start. Unfortunately, I found that the show started suffering from what I now call the 666 Park Avenue
effect. I tend to hate it when people criticize a show by saying it had a good premise but poor execution, but as with 666PA, I ended up gradually losing interest in the show because while the pilot was great, the subsequent episodes didn't add very much to the story, if at all, and was starting to settle into a bit of a more-of-the-same pattern. I kept going with this show for three more episodes, but only because of the fact that each episode ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, usually involving some minor character(s). The EGREGIOUS
use of Villain Sue
(my least favorite character type, and for good reason) doesn't help matters at all. Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks this; the show's ratings have already dropped 25% since the pilot. And with Fox's other shows crashing, this one probably ain't going anywhere soon.