'Essex Serpent' creates atmospheric gothic mystery

This one is worth catching up on


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Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes seek to assuage superstitious villagers' fears of "The Essex Serpent" on Apple TV+.

So, after reprioritizing my entertainment expenses, I'm subscribed to Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Paramount+ and Peacock. Remember when streaming was supposed to be simpler than cable?

I'd been tempted by Apple TV+ before, as it premiered "Ted Lasso" in 2020, followed by series adaptations of "The Mosquito Coast" and "Foundation" in 2021, but it took the hauntingly gothic atmosphere promised by trailers for "The Essex Serpent" to fully sell me on my seventh streaming subscription.

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