What to do when you wake up in a mysterious room with no memories and with two other strangers? It’s a mystery. A real mystery, alright. Oh, and one of you has super powers.
The Hollow is a cartoon about three teenagers that happen to find themselves in such a predicament. They awake in a room and must solve puzzles to get out. The premise starts spooky and mysterious with them trying to figure out why anything is happening. The world outside is spooky, lonely and foreboding.
Soon, though, it takes a turn for the wacky. The world becomes a mishmash of all sorts of strange things from different stories and genres. For the most part, it works well to depeend the mystery, but it also loses a lot of the foreboding feeling. The characters moved on into being annoyed at things rather than worried about it.
The main characters are Adam, Mira and Kai. They bicker and fight, but they come together in the end to pull off victories. Though Adam and Mira don’t change that much. Kai experiences the most growth out of the three of them. I think Mira changes the least. Still, they play off each other well, though they can get annoying at times when they get annoyed with each other.
And not to worry. This story will reveal the main mystery of who the kids are and why they are trapped. Information is slowly built up over the course of a strange adventure. And it is quite an adventure where they face many challenges and meet strange characters.
I think it’s unfortunate the initial intrigue is changed for more wackiness, and the characters can be a bit generic. It’s still an interesting world and the challenges are fun to be a part of. And I liked having the answers by the end of the season. Of course, people will be divided on if the answers are worthy of the setup, but I liked it.
The Hollow is a fun diversion of a show that doesn’t live up to the original tone set. Though I think the show would be way darker if it did follow that path. The levity and humor in it works well, too.