Loathe as we are to praise Netflix right now, they really WOWED us in 2018 with The Haunting of Hill House. Mike Flanagan show ran and directed every episode and that singular vision and clarity of story really blew us away. It was easily top 5 for us that year. Now two years later they have released The Haunting of Bly Manor, a spiritual successor to Hill House and continuation of the anthology series. Real quick before moving on, no this doesn’t follow our witch-tober theme, but it’s timely and we wanted to get this episode out.
Much to our chagrin, Bly Manor totally blew us away again! The thing we loved most about it though was just how much of a divergence it was from the previous series. Lots of sequels and followups really crib from the previous work and don’t stand on their own. Not so with Bly Manor. It is spooky but not outright scary like the original and it’s quite romantic even. The way it ties everything up at the end felt masterful even after a slow few episodes in the middle. It would be a disservice to describe the plot here. Just go watch it.
Worth noting, this coverage is episodic. What that means is if you haven’t yet watched it then you can follow along with us! Also, we released these episodes individually over on Youtube so if you want to watch our coverage then please do. And while you’re there, give us a sub, would you? We’re trying to meet Youtube’s requirements and find our way into the algorithm.
So if you have watched it, let us know what you thought of The Haunting of Bly Manor! You can do that here, over or Twitter, or in the Youtube comments! We know this season was a bit more divisive than the last so we’re interested in what everyone has to say. For now though, bake a cake, grab a moon flower, and settle in for today’s sorta timey wimey episode of So…I’m Watching This Show!