Tales from the Loop

Tales From the Loop is virtually the opposite of an H.P. Lovecraft tale.

Best described as an anthology series, Tales From the Loop from showrunner Nathaniel Halpern is perhaps the first television adaptation of paintings. In 2014, Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag published his online illustrations — a visual experiment of apocalyptic sci-fi harmlessly invading scenic rural Sweden — into a book titled Tales From the Loop. The premise is that a giant central machine, called “the Loop,” lays at the center of town. For its residents, the Loop makes the impossible become possible.

One-third Twilight Zone, one-third Stranger Things, and one-third Welcome to Night Vale, what makes Tales From the Loop unique against peak TV’s glut of gritty sci-fi is what lies at its rustic heart: THE LOOP IS AN INEXPLAINABLE ALIEN THING THAT REVEALS WHAT MAKES US HUMAN.

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