Series: The Society
Seasons available: One, Season Two confirmed for 2020
Where to watch it: Netflix
Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies, Detective Pikachu, Blockers, Supernatural)
Sean Beardy (Switched at Birth)
Kristine Foseth (Sierra Burgess is a Loser)
Alex MacNicoll (Transparent, The 5th Wave, 13 Reasons Why)
Grace Victoria Cox (Under The Dome, Twin Peaks)
Chloe Levine (The OA)
Rachel Keller (Legion, Fargo, Supernatural)
Gideon Adlon (Blockers)
This series focuses on a group of high school students. A recurrent, foul smell plagues this small town. It returns right before a class field trip. Strangely, the buses turn around in the middle of the night and take the kids back home, telling them that the roads are closed due to a rock slide. The kids are returned to an empty town square. The bus drivers drop them off and leave. Confused, they return home to find their homes empty. Simultaneously, across the town they all try to reach their parents by phone but get no answer. They meet back in the town square to try to make sense of what has happened. Someone suggests that maybe they left due to the smell. As the show progresses, they realizes that their cellphones work only when contacting those within the town. They have no internet, no cable, and no 911 access. The roads out of town seems to have be swallowed by trees overnight. Attempts to venture into the wooded area end in disaster. Our heroes begin to question their reality. As the days pass, they have to establish a new society with new rules.
Rating: B +
Is it worth watching: Yes, if you like dystopians. It does have cliches. There are the jocks, the cheerleaders, the smart kids, and even a psychopath. There is a drunken party in a church. However, the characters are intelligent. For the most part, they make good choices. They strive to survive and work together despite the crazy world they have found themselves in.
I really like dystopians so I may be biased. However, I really enjoyed this show. It is a little reminiscent of Stephen Kings’s “Under the Dome” or “Gone” which is a young adult book series by Michael Grant (so good!). I am pulling for this show. It was entertaining and I have a lot of questions that I am hoping that season two will answer. There are somethings that I initially thought where huge plot holes while watching the series that by the time I got to the end, I now wonder if they were intentional. I look forward to seeing what is to come.