AVClub: The Whispers is inspired by, or overlaps with, Ray Bradbury’s “Zero Hour,” but if you come to the show looking for Bradbury’s poetry, you’re likely to be disappointed. (There’s a decent chance of disappointment no matter what. The Whispers is delivering a fairly standard corruption-of-children vibe in this first episode, though it’s still establishing its world and rules.) As Zack Handlen points out in his three-episode overview, Bradbury’s story takes place in a scant few pages, over a single afternoon. It’s a tight little story, short on plot and long on atmosphere. Trying to string that out over several episodes could get tedious, and it will almost certainly require some actual, you know, plot.