Home Before Dark Review
by. A. West
**** 4 Stars
‘We also see the more usual things that young girls go through, aside from going around solving cold cases, but more in the way she is belittled and called just a ‘little girl’ when her ideas and thoughts are really quite clever and should be listened too.’
Program Creators: Dana Fox & Dara Resnik
Cast: Brooklynn Price, Jim Sturgess, Kylie Rogers, Abby Miller and Deric McCabe
Plot Synopsis: A young girl moves from Brooklyn to the small lakeside town her father left behind. While there, her dogged pursuit of the truth leads her to unearth a cold case that everyone in town, including her own father, tried hard to bury.
In my opinion, this show was excellently made and is easily one of the best shows I have watched on Apple TV. It managed to keep me on the edge of my seat throughout the show from start to finish thanks to the eerie feel of the fictional town Erie Harbour. The show is based on a fictional mystery while also being based around the real Hilde Lysiak who was a child journalist. The show pays homage to her but keeps the mystery of what’s going on secretive, due to the fact that the mystery would be completely a secret as no one can google to figure out what actually happened. It truly is an amazing mystery due to the fact that we see the kids trying to unravel the mystery, instead of seeing the adults being the only ones trying to get to the bottom of what truly went down. The retro atmosphere is amazing as it goes from modern day to the 1980s which really helps to hold both a younger and older audience allowing the audience to fully connect with the show. The performance of the actors is amazing within this show, especially the way in which we see a young girl being underestimated. We also see the more usual things that young girls go through, aside from going around solving cold cases, but more in the way she is belittled and called just a ‘little girl’ when her ideas and thoughts are really quite clever and should be listened too.
I personally have never watched a show like this before in my life, but I can say that I’ll be not only looking out for Season Two of Home Before Dark but also for other shows in the genre. However, there are times when the story-lines can be a little far fetched, but other than this, I most definitely recommend it to anyone who either has a passion for crime dramas and/or someone who loves mysteries and trying to figure out what happened with the Ritchie Fife case. If anything, this show truly helped to give young girls a way of trying to either find a way in which they could explore a career doing something like journalism etc, but also providing the message that they shouldn’t give up on what they believe in.
Home Before Dark is currently available on Apple TV and was rated 12 by the BBFC.