Beneath all its brooding horror and found footage, Storage 81 is a pure no-nonsense thriller from Netflix. Following archivist Dan Turner (Mamoudou Athie), called to restore a videotape collection warped by a fire at the mysterious Visser apartment building in 1994, the mystery has not ceased to mount since every angle.
Like many Netflix horror movies Before then, the show’s dialogue was often lackluster even when the overall mood felt like it was slowly boiling over you. That combined with the visuals – time passes so easily between the VHS tapes of the 1990s and the present, or a woman in tears over what she saw in a vision – well, of course that is something I can’t stop watching.
And finally Storage 81 solves many of its central mysteries in the season finale (something not all mystery box programs are available do). But if it looks like the series is headed for a neat ending, you have something else coming up. Showrunner Rebecca Sonnenshine has said that she intentionally left some juice in the tank for season 2. And while Netflix has yet to renew the show for a second season, here’s what Sonnenshine has to say about two of the secrets. The biggest mystery can be solved in a new Chapter.
[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for the end of season 1 of Archive 81.]
What happened in Visser
After hours of replaying Melody’s (Dina Shihabi) tapes, Dan discovers that what’s happening at Visser is the usual stuff of an old cult – but they’re really a cult. based on real magic. The Vos Association is trying to free the demon Kalego from a statue that a Baldung had trapped it in around the 1300s.
Virgil (Martin Donovan), the mysterious tech executive who hired Dan to restore the tapes, believes Melody burned Visser and killed his brother Samuel (Evan Jonigkeit). But as the tape reveals, Melody frees teenage Jess (Ariana Neal) from being sacrificed, but is unable to stop the ritual altogether. The ritual was the cause of the fire, incinerating Visser and obscuring the fact that Melody and Vos leader Samuel were sent to Kalego’s “Other World”.
While that’s one mystery that’s been cleared up, others still loom large – such as, what happened at Dan’s house when he was a child, burned down his house and killed his family. his family. While Dan finds out her father knows Melody and some of the heck going on at Visser, Sonnenshine has confirmed that she plans to reveal more fully the story behind the house fire in a potential season 2.
“There are a lot of little easter eggs or little things like that, which, if you’re like, ‘I wonder if that’s part of the mythology and will be explored further?’ And, yes,” said Sonnenshine Weekly entertainment. “Some things are really not included in the season.”
What happened to Dan
After going into the Otherworld to rescue Melody, Dan is separated from her and wakes up to find himself in an apartment…in 1990s New York, the reflection of the Two Towers and all. But if you’re thinking there might still be some otherworldly scourge playing Dan’s cognitive trick, Sonnenshine assures you there isn’t.
“I can tell you he’s in the 90s,” presenter told Variety of the final shot of the season. “He’s in the real 90s, and the clue to that is that it doesn’t have particles floating around there. He’s in 1994. And the question we’re asking is, we’ve seen people disappear into Other Worlds at different times, right?
“It means fewer holes, fewer pokes, less – less entry and exit points. And that people got mixed up in there trying to get out, and probably didn’t get out through the right door. “
With The Otherworldly kicking people out at various times, Sonnenshine says that means Samuel “remains part of the story.” Having had them refreshed by Netflix for a second season, Samuel and Virgil’s story will be a much larger part.
“It’s at the top of our list for season 2, because we didn’t finish it, but I can also tell that everyone on the show is doing something that they think is right,” Sonnenshine told EW.
Since the podcast on which the show is based has aired for three seasons, this is probably just the beginning of Storage 81web of (if required by Netflix). And Sonnenshine has confirmed that when it happens, there will be a lot of magical madness in a variety of media.
“We certainly don’t give up [the found footage aspect]. There are all sorts of ways when you think, oh, how is he going to communicate with them? ‘ Sonnenshine told Variety. “It won’t be the same device, but it will be a different window with a similar device. […] We’re ready to go, if we’re lucky enough to get Season 2 we have some really cool stories to tell. ”