Just Beyond Review: A Bewildering Anthology by R.L. Stine

Just Beyond is a light-hearted series that explores the mysteries of the paranormal. The series is based on Stine’s novel. While there are stories that you can expect to see in any typical haunted house/ghost story, Stine does a great job of mixing logic with the stories told. While this might not be enough for older viewers, it is perfect for kids getting their first taste of the paranormal.

Just Beyond Review does not contain any spoilers

Just Beyond Series is an Ensemble of Mystery, Intrigue and Horror

Airing today on Disney Channel and Disney+ Hoststar, Just Beyond introduces a series of stories about kids who find themselves in the midst of the paranormal and otherworldly. The results are varied but undoubtedly entertaining.

The stories are great for children, and adults will love them too! The series is filled with twists, turns, thrills and chills. It is not your typical paranormal show which makes it appealing to any viewer whether you like cartoons or live-action shows. These stories will make you think about what might be going on around you during the Halloween season.

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The series is fun to watch, not just for the mystery but also because it’s an ensemble show that brings young adults with great chemistry. The show allows us to get to know each character and their personality quirks as we watch them interact with each other and those around them as they attempt to solve the puzzle of each episode’s mystery.

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Well-crafted Storylines and Character Sketches in Just Beyond

As we journey through the first season, we see how each character evolves and draws us into their world as we learn more about their past and character flaws. We find out what drives them and helps make them human. This development sets Just Beyond apart from other young adult shows that rely on storylines that alienate viewers rather than draw them in. While Just Beyond does have its share of “what ifs” (and there are some pretty scary moments), it doesn’t rely on those tropes to drive the story forward.

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The decision to have each episode be stand-alone tales that are intertwined through characters was an excellent move. It allows for several different adventures to be told while still pushing each one through quickly without feeling rushed or having to drag things out.

Each tale is quick, but the show does an excellent job of not revealing too much at any given moment. Instead, it allows the viewer to use their imagination to fill in what could be lurking just beyond their sight. This series is perfect for kids who want to explore their sense of wonder without being scared out of their minds.

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A perfect Package of Entertainment in Just Beyond Season 1 for Kids

Just Beyond is a fantastic anthology series for kids. There are mythology-based tales, classic horror stories, and even some stories that merge the two. The series has so many other great qualities to go with its amazing stories. The visual effects are gorgeous, the voice acting is top-notch, and the stories are fun for kids and adults alike. If you’re looking for something to get your kids into horror this season, Just Beyond should be your first stop.

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There is something pretty magical about the show’s storytelling too. The way they strung all of the tales together was a stroke of genius. The transitions between each story were smooth and engaging, and the voice acting for all of the characters were spot on. The show has a beautiful balance between thrills and scares, along with a healthy dose of humour that will leave you wanting to watch another episode right away.

Just Beyond: A Recap of the Goosebumps Stories

The beauty of Just Beyond is that each story can be enjoyed separately or as part of an entire series. There is no continuity between the eight stories, so viewers who are new to the world of R.L. Stine will have a chance to sample eight unique narratives that exude the whimsy, wonder, and majesty of an R.L. Stine story without getting bogged down by character development or complicated subplots.

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The stories are genuine in their delivery, making them believable despite fantastical elements. Beyond the narratives themselves, there is a level of the meta-storytelling present in the series, allowing viewers to see how R.L. Stine was inspired to become the writer he is today by his own life experiences.

When it comes to kids’ entertainment, few names are synonymous with the genre as R.L. Stine. The prolific author has been entertaining children across the globe for decades, and his works have been adapted into movies, video games, and television shows.

Stream It or Skip It?

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The stories are light-hearted, funny, scary, and imaginative all at the same time. They are definitely “for kids,” but adults will also enjoy them because they are so well done. If you’re looking for a new show to watch with your family, I highly recommend Just Beyond.

Just Beyond is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

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The level of the meta-storytelling present in Just Beyond allows viewers to see how R.L. Stine was inspired by the horror genre.

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