The only trouble with loving the shows you love, is that it can get a little stale. Hundreds of hours of the same superhero shaped junk food does, eventually, become just a little samey. TV is like that. Stories that can be spun out over multiple seasons are, by necessity, often pretty consistent in their tone. Which does quite often make it hard to be excited about new episodes. Inside Number 9, however, is the antidote to that. It’s a little twenty minute paddling pool of gruesome, clever joy. It gets me excited, more than anything else on TV at the moment.
Inside Number 9 is a show for people who like movies, I think. It’s a show for people who want fresh ideas, and who want to grin to themselves at the sheer weirdness of it. If the idea of playing with the very medium of TV itself is exciting to you, which it sure as hell is for me, then you owe it to yourself to give inside number 9 a try. They play with story, and space, and editing in ways that I’ve never seen before. It never feels gimmicky, which is an achievement in itself, and yet there are entire episodes seen through cctv cameras, or one particularly disturbing tale where you spend the episode listening to the fictional directors commentary. It’s something I can get excited about simply because every episode is so fresh. Each episode is full of new ideas, with new cast members, and no continuity to be seen. It’s like eating out at a fancy restaurant for once, away from those boring everyday meals, which is a rare pleasure these days,
There is some consistency in the show. The writers (Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith) also act in every episode, and their deliciously macabre sensibilities are hard to escape. The episodes will often make you squirm uncomfortably, and make you question whether what you’re watching is really okay. It can feel a little shocking for shocks sake, sometimes, which might upset some. But it’s not just shock for the sake of it, but rather a really unique kind of horror. There are no jump scares, for the most part, and comparatively few oh god this is tense because I bet you something bad is gunnna happen ah! moments either. Instead this kind of horror is like tiny, bite sized doses of trauma. It catches you off guard, and lodges in your brain. It sits there, wriggling around, making you want to itch and scratch. It makes you uncomfortable, in the truest sense of the word. It’s just so unlike anything else on TV at the moment, and it’s that very quality that makes it so exciting.
It has brilliant twists, but that’s not the point. It’s got really tasty jokes as well, but that’s not the point either, despite the BBC’s weird attempts to market it as a comedy. It’s creepy, and bizarre, and unique, but none of that’s the point because the point is, it’s different. Every episode is new, and so you can’t go in expecting anything at all. You just have to sit back, nervous and excited, and wait for the show to start. The only thing for sure, is that it’ll be interesting.
So it’s really worth watching, just for a little bit of spice in your boring old life. You need it, that spice. We’re so fed up of bland, boring meals. We want something fresh, and new, and exciting. We want something different. Watch it. Enjoy it. Then, when you’re good and ready, when your belly’s nice and full, we’ll see how you taste. So enjoy. Enjoy the show. It’s fresh, and deliciously dark. It’s worth taking a bite, at least. I think you’ll enjoy it. I know we will.