For fans of eerie, creepy, peripherally paranormal, human-psyche-delving television, we’ve got a new one to add to our lists of promising material. Dimension 404 is being developed by Hulu, and it sounds weird as hell.
Dimension 404 aims to evoke that 3 a.m. feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web, stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know.
What the hell does that mean? I keep reading that sentence over and over, and I still have no idea, but I know my interest is piqued. It brings to mind the eerie tone of Twilight Zone or Black Mirror. Of course, something that vague could easily go the way of SyFy channel cheese, but Hulu has developed some pretty fantastic original programming. (Some not great shows, too, but let’s ignore those for now because a selective memory makes it a whole lot easier to be excited.) Another reason to get your hopes slightly up is the news that Joel McHale has joined the cast. Like Hulu, he doesn’t have the most consistent track record, but still holds that sweet spot in so many of our hearts post-Community and The Soup that his inclusion is reason enough to be excited.
Like Black Mirror, each episode will be an hour-long standalone. Here’s what we can expect from McHale’s episode:
McHale will appear in one episode as Mr. Maker, a charismatic, eccentric, yet slightly patronizing founder of a matchmaking company that offers single adults a seemingly perfect solution to finding love. [Sarah] Hyland will appear in another episode as Chloe, an unassumingly cute, typically independent high school student just discovering that boys are into her. With her older classmates’ opinions increasingly taking on more importance, Chloe pushes her uncle/best pal, Dusty, to take her to a screening of a new sci-fi action film in a fresh, never-before-seen cinematic format - “Cinethrax” - which gives the audience a strange, perilous movie-going experience.
Another episode features a closted gay teenage character who discovers a “mysterious, never-played arcade game called Polybius, and investigates its dark and bloody provenance.”
It’s probably too early to get too excited here, but with so many of us left wanting after the recent X-Files, it’s good to see Creepy Joel McHale get another shot. His perpetual snark offsets that kind of dark tone in such a deliciously off-putting way.