It’s difficult to find a good show that you can binge-watch over the summer. When I saw the trailer for The Hollow on Netflix a few days after its official release in June, I was bored enough to give this 10-episode animated show a try. After all, the premise was intriguing: three young strangers wake up in a room with a mysterious typewriter, and no memories of who they are.
The Hollow has a high-energy, suspenseful tone that’s consistent until the end. The show follows three teenagers—Adam, Kai, and Mira—whose goal is to find a way home, even though they can’t remember what “home” is. All they really know is that the home they’re looking for is not the place they’re in. They discover that in order to make their way through the strange world they are in, they must team up to take on each obstacle that lies in their path. Every time they overcome a challenge, another is waiting in line, leaving no room for emotional breaks in this short series. They meet a variety of characters who live in the world, and the balance between friend and foe is arranged so that the viewer never knows for sure who can be trusted. Each character has a unique personality and design that creates an interesting diversity.
Despite the intensity that lasts throughout the show, the ultimate ending is sudden and unexpected, to the point where I was almost disappointed. The urgency of the characters’ motivation becomes a little less exciting because of the conclusion. The choice the writers made may be a lazy solution rather than the clever twist they were aiming for.
Regardless of whether or not you’ll be satisfied with the ending, the adventure that leads up to it is well worth a little shock at the end.