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I'm slightly disappointed. I went into these Freddy's Nightmares episodes thinking that Freddy would be the main character in every episode. And in the two I've watched. He only appears at the start and at the end. It's really not A Nightmare On Elm Street at all. It's more The Twilight Zone, particularly this episode. I'll say that this episode is far better than 'It's A Miserable Life', because unlike that one, this wasn't boring and actually had a plot. The jealous sporting competitor story isn't new but I thought it was interesting how they switched the protagonist halfway through. With that being said, they done the exact same thing in the last episode but it was pulled of better here. I was literally shocked when Chris died and I was not expecting all the blood considering that the last episode was bloodless and this was broadcast on TV in the late 80s.
The acting was also a major step up from the last episode. I knew I somewhat recognised Chris from something and then it clicked that I knew her as Lolly from Orange Is The New Black. The girl who played Nickie was okay but really wasn't great. I liked the ending with Nickie going completely mad and killing Jay. It was pretty twisted, which is the least the series could be considering it doesn't feature Freddy Krueger. Also, are these episodes considered canon in the movie timeline. Because it seems odd that throughout these, maybe 50 episodes, that all of these teenagers would die in the space of about 2 years and no one bats an eyelid. It could make sense for Freddy's Dead, considering it says that all teenagers are dead, but it doesn't really fit in with the other movies in the franchise.
I decided to stick on this 'It's A Miserable Life' episode of Freddy's Nightmare because it was on the Blu-ray box set and it seemed like it may be good. Well it wasn't. My biggest issue with the episode was that it was boring. Half of the episode was one guy's nightmares and the other half was another girl's. This would have been fine, if it wasn't for a complete lack of Freddy Krueger. He doesn't appear in either of the dreams at all, it feels more like both of the character's are on drug trips than having nightmares. Freddy only appears at the start and the end, basically to just introduce and close the show. And everyone who dies doesn't even get killed by him, Bryan is shot by a thief and we never find out what happened to Karyn. It really was just terribly uninteresting.
It also looked horrible, I'm pretty sure the episode was just a VHS rip put on a disc by New Line and the quality was just so shifty and horrible. The acting also wasn't great, although you can't expect much from an anthologised horror tv episode. Lar Park Lincoln was ok, I recognised her from Friday the 13th part 7 and the guy who played Bryan was alright too. Bryan's dad was pretty bad though. The only real highlight of the episode is the small scene where Bryan's mum turns into this stereotypical 50's housewife, it was mildly amusing but that's all I can say about the episode. I checked and it's also the lowest rated episode on IMDb and the fully understand why.