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Poltergeist: The Legacy: Season 1 (review)

It’s one of the secret gems of genre television of the last decade: this eldritch series (which borrows nothing but its title from the movies of the same name) treats the supernatural with just the right touch of solemnity to let you suspend your disbelief and enjoy a thorough haunting. Demons, secret societies, satanic rituals, cursed relics, little girls with eerie powers: they’re all here, and all utterly plausible in the hands of the creators of the excellent new Outer Limits and sublime Stargate SG-1. These tales of the Legacy, an ancient order of seers and necromancers, priests and skeptics, and their battles with the evil spirits out to take over our world are intensely involving, taking unexpected turns that lead you to places darker and once in a while even sexier than you would have imagined (the show originated on the pay-channel Showtime, which had the leeway to be more daring than its commercial brethren). The cast is mostly unknown, there are no extras on the DVDs, but that’s just fine: this is a spectacularly spooky treat. The only thing that dates these 21 episodes, which first aired in 1996, is the fact that they’re full screen — if this were shot today, it’d be widescreen.


MPAA: not rated

viewed at home on a small screen

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