Cinematic Doctrine

Archive 81 - Analog Horror & Quality Cancelations

May 31, 2022 Shirleon Benson Season 1 Episode 110
Cinematic Doctrine
Archive 81 - Analog Horror & Quality Cancelations
Show Notes


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Melvin and Dan are joined by Melvin's sister Shirleon to discuss that successful Netflix horror series Archive 81 that also got canceled despite being a sizable hit. Insane! 


  • (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 27-minutes of discussing the Chip n' Dale: Rescue Rangers movie partially from the crew behind The Lonely Island (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)
  • Melvin's sister Shirleon joins the crew because she's a real-life archivist! Although, not entirely like Dan Turner.
  • Daniel had recommended Archive 81 on a previous episode, but with a major qualifier: He recommended the first 7.5 episodes of the show, with the last 30 minutes being a dud for him.
  • Shirleon felt that as the mystery unfolds, the story became less engaging.
  • As for Melvin, he mentions a lot of details he loved about Archive 81 and continues naming specifics throughout the episode.
  • Archive 81 as a whole package contains a lot of what internet-age horror fans will enjoy.
  • Getting specific about why that last episode feels so... incorrect.
  • Interestingly, the effect of Archive 81's ending is very similar to the ending of Insidious.
  • Horror demands limitations. It requires characters overcome massive limitations and therefore writers must be conscientious of 'power levels'.
  • With such highs and unfortunate lows... would we recommend Archive 81?
  • Melvin shares a long passionate rant about Netflix's routine, premature cancelations of its various TV-shows.
  • Discussing streaming watching habits, and how they largely don't include Netflix original television shows.
  • Daniel, "I'm gonna say something crazy. Netflix is the Facebook of streaming services."
  • Explaining the long-term marketing issue proposed by the "binging" model.


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