'The Hollow' deserves a Netflix choose-your-own-adventure special for it's interactive potential
The series has branching paths in its very nature, as characters portal from setting to setting
Spoilers for 'The Hollow' Season 2
The second season of 'The Hollow' has just released, and now that the cat's out of the bag as to the nature of the Hollow, the virtual competetive game world has never looked more fun to play - well, as long as you're not a cloned digital consciousness stuck inside it, of course. While watching the show's leads overcome challenge after challenge, watching them solve the mystery feels a little bit like watching a cooking show filled with delicious food you don't get to eat. The best part of the experience is just out of reach.
Until home delivery services make an exclusive deal with streaming services (which is is probably not too far off), Netflix does have a solution as far as bringing its subscribers deeper into the world of the Hollow - their interactive, choose-your-own adventure series that make the streaming service stand apart.
Popularized by the 'Bandersnatch' episode of 'Black Mirror,' Netflix has released a number of highly entertaining specials already. Most of them are animated, from the video-game turned series 'Minecraft: Story Mode' to the more recent 'Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not Steal.'
'The Hollow' seems like the next natural fit. It's a show that has branching paths in its very nature, as characters portal from setting to setting. 'The Hollow' has made its game universe all seem like an incredible amount of fun, and being able to solve its various puzzles on your own would only make it all the more fun. What's more, the show's just comedic enough to make failure as entertaining as success.
Of course, the ideal would be a straight-up 'The Hollow' video game, but making a game and making a TV series are two entirely separate entities, requiring wholly different skillsets and production teams. Netflix's choose-your-own adventure series, however, feel like the perfect compromise. Whether it's solving puzzles, making combat decisions, or even just chooseing how to deal with difficult teammates, there are a lot of fun choices to be made on the series. 'The Hollow' has set up a wonderful gaming universe - all that's left now is letting its fans be able to play it.
'The Hollow' Season 2 is now available to stream on Netflix.