Television Review: The Devil’s Hour

I’ve got so many TV seasons I want to watch, I’ve resorted to keeping a separate list, and that list is only getting longer. So it makes perfect sense that when I finished a show, I completely ignored the list and looked for something else to watch, instead. I don’t know why I do this. It’s just that sometimes what I really want is something I’ve never heard of before. Sometimes that pans out, and sometimes I watch an episode or two and remember why I generally curate what I watch ahead of time.

The Devil’s Hour is a show I started on a whim. I saw it advertised on Amazon, and it starred Peter Capaldi, who I liked in Doctor Who. The premise was intriguing: a woman wakes up every night at 3:33am, suffering from terrible nightmares that may or may not be predicting the future. More perplexing, she feels like she’s constantly having deja vu, which feels to her like she’s remembering things that happen in the future. It had a 7.8 on IMDB, and it was only 6 episodes long. Denisa and I gave it a shot.

I’m really glad that we did. It was a fast watch and very intriguing, full of tense scenes that really delivered some good suspense. The plot was twisty and turny in a way that felt bewildering at times, but which still managed to make sense and come together by the end. It reminded me of Dark in that way, and I was skeptical it was going to be able to pull it off, but it did for the most part. (Though I’m really hoping there’s a second season, because the ending really left me wanting to know more. That said, it could end there, and it would feel like an ending, though one you’d be left with lots of questions about.)

It’s TV-MA almost entirely for language, though there’s also some fairly disturbing images and subject matter, ranging from suicide to abuse, so it’s not exactly a show that’ll leave you with a spring in your step. That said, it uses its 6 episodes well, and Peter Capaldi does a great job in it. The pacing is great, and I kept wanting to come back to see what more was in store.

Bottom line: if you’re looking for a good thrill, this is a great place to go. 9/10.

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