Netflix’s new Archive 81 original series is really gaining momentum in its second week after its release. The viewership of the sci-fi movie has tripled this week according to Netflix, ranking second on the platform’s global list of the Top 10 TV Shows. Many fans are already impatient for another season.
Archive 81 is a supernatural mystery about a group of detectives cataloging videos left by a missing filmmaker. It is based on a podcast of the same name created by Daniel Powell and Mark Solinger. The TV version premiered on Netflix on Friday, January 14, and dominated the self-reported charts on Netflix the following week. In addition to being the second English-language series in the world (behind Ozark Season 4), it is #2 in the US, #4 in the UK, and #3 in Canada.
Archive 81 stars Mamoudou Athey as Dan Turner, Dina Shihabi as Melody Bendras, Evan Junkett as Samuel Spear, Julia Chan as Annabelle Chu, Ariana Neal as Jess Lewis, Matt McGorrie as Mark Higgins, and Martin Donovan As Virgil Davenport. It was adapted for television by model Rebecca Sonnenstein, with executive producer Paul Harris Boardman writing. Director James Wan is also an EP on this project.
The show is definitely not for the faint of heart. It’s firmly rooted in the sci-fi and horror genres with a web of puzzles to uncover along the way. Fans of these types of stories eagerly recommend them to their friends in the hope that they watch it before they get spoilers.
So far, those who’ve seen him generally seem to like him. The program has 89 percent positive points from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, although that’s based only on 27 professional reviews so far. It has 292 reviews from members of the general public, 73 percent of which are positive.
“An intriguing blend of horror and noir, File 81 delivers an addictive supernatural thriller that haunts you in the best way possible,” the critical consensus reads. Many fans are already talking online about a possible second season of the series. With three podcast seasons and two episodic seasons, it’s not hard to imagine Netflix offering another opportunity. Archive 81 is now streaming on Netflix.
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