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FADE AWAY:THE FADES series 1

This little show came suddenly as a quirky surprise. Absolutely not expecting anything like this on BBC Three, it appeared to defy all logic and make its own mark. This was a very brave, different, unusual series with only a few flaws which held it back from greatness. I would say that it just did not know exactly what it wanted to be, or how to be it. Perhaps it was due to budget pressure, or otherwise but something seemed blocked, heldback. Alright this was not a cinema release horror flick, and there is certainly nothing wrong with a series challenging its audience with crossing genres and throwing out questions or slowing the pace. There is a good influence of Neil Gaiman of course, but taken in darker bleaker way and elements of some kinds of British folklore seems to creep up through the narrative in a new way.

It definately was a brave series. It seemed to want to try to grow in new directions, take us in new paths. This can only be applauded really. From the start I was shocked, facinated, confused, and very well entertained. I did just about keep up with the series and I’ll admit that I did begin to feel let down, or dismayed as the tone and atmosphere whimpered and settled down along the way. It certainly picked up a couple more times before a reasonably impressive end episode. There were some great characters and some good writing through the series. A good strong bave effort, and a second series would be pleasing to see, with more to build upon.

However this short dark new series may have been recieved, it has I would say; opened up fresh pathways for new dreamers, writers and storytellers through television channels to offer us tales of fear and shocks, dread and doom.

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About JAMES E PARSONS

Author of science fiction novels Orbital Kin and Minerva Century-also horror, literary fiction, many short stories and screenplays. Always reading, writing, watching films, playing guitar/bass, and am a husband with a coffee addiction. New horror novel due for 2017. This is my blog, offshoot from my website. It will be where I post current thoughts, opinions, views, reviews, or discussions about contemporary film, movies, books, video games, television series mostly in the horror, science fiction, fantasy and their sub-genre offshoots. The entertainment not in the mainstream (for the most part) and proud of it. Also follow me on twitter- @ParsonsFiction, and facebook - James E Parsons

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