30 Coins is a new supernatural horror TV show developed by HBO Europe. The first season is 8 episodes long but only 2 have aired so far in the States. This is a review of those 2 episodes with only minor spoilers.
The series title is a reference to the 30 pieces of silver Judas Iscariot received for betraying Jesus Christ. These coins, 1 in particular so far, are sought after by evil forces for reasons that are still unclear.
This show has a lot of elements that remind me of various movies including The Exorcist, The Omen, John Carpenter’s Vampires, Poltergeist, The Passion of the Christ, and The Sixth Sense. If it seems strange that all of these things could randomly work in the same narrative don’t be. It’s really good.
After a pre-credits opening that involves an animated corpse robbing a Swiss Bank the show shifts to a small town in Spain called Pedraza. Here we meet Elena, a veterinarian (Megan Montaner) who becomes embroiled in strange events when it seems a cow in town has given birth to a human baby.
The first episode really concerns the 48 hours after this event as she, the mayor, Paco (Miguel Ángel Silvestre), and a hard-nosed, no-nonsense priest, Father Manuel Vergara (Eduard Fernández) try to figure out what’s going on as things become more and strange over these 2 days.
The second episode takes place several weeks after the first episode concludes and has a very different tone than the first episode for most of its runtime. Both episodes, while fairly different from each other complement each other well.
Let me say this: It would be easy for them to just do what’s expected and have these 2 episodes be in a similar vein to each other like American Horror Story would, but it doesn’t and is all the better for it.
I think that’s all I’m going to say about this show or else I’ll be getting into heavy spoiler territory and I want people to go into this cold without knowing too much as I did. When I started watching I had no idea what it was going to be about and I was pleasantly surprised.
The series is available on HBO and HBO Max with new episodes debuting each Monday.