The Spiderwick Chronicles: Season 1 Review  

Since the success of a bestselling book series about a young wizard, urban fantasy has become a popular genre for young adults.  

Adding mythological creatures and magic from old wives' stories adds appeal and excitement.  

Unfortunately, The Roku Channel's TV series adaptation of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's The Spiderwick Chronicles novels focused more on updating the setting to 2024 than on adding fantastical fey creatures and mystery.   

Random references to Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop, pumpkin spice lattes, and “slay” give it an expiration date, while the books' animals are rare and lack DiTerlizzi's creativity.   

Simon (Noah Cottrell) is “the nice one,” his twin Jared is “the problem child,” and older sister Mallory (Mychala Lee) is “the overachiever.”   

While exploring their new home's beautifully designed sets of antique mirrors and beaded lampshades  

they discover a hidden magical world where Mulgarath, a shapeshifting ogre and part-time town psychiatrist, menaces the humans.   

Spiderwick can be terrifying by focusing on older characters: In one episode, mushrooms replace a person's mouth like in The Last of Us.   

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