Review Stream: The Society


Series: The Society

Seasons available: One, Season Two confirmed for 2020

Where to watch it: Netflix

Netflix

Notable cast:
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)

Spoilers: No

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.


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Sharon Isom

Once upon a time, Sharon was invited to attend a comic convention. She had always wanted to go to a comic-con but thought it was out of her reach. While at this convention, she met Richard who asked her if she could write. She scoffed. Of course she was capable of writing. But then he clarified and asked if she would be willing to a be a writer for TBK Magazine. She agreed. Little did she know that she was signing on to become a podcaster, assistant editor of the magazine, Vice President of a publishing company, best mensch, and a sister. Her whole world would expand for the better after that trip in 2016. She would be forever grateful. The magazine would be her safe haven and the staff would become a part of her family. And still to this day, Richard has not fulfilled his promise of singing the cow song to Sharon.   Sharon was born in mid 1980’s and raised in Northeastern Arkansas. She has been married to her childhood sweetheart, Jesse, since 2004. They have two amazing sons. Outside of her official TBK responsibilities, she works as a nurse.   She loves theater, costumes, cosplay, and Halloween. She is addicted to Chapstick and will ALWAYS have at least one with her at all times. She despises spiral staircase, escalators, and people that do not understand how four way stops work.
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