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Review of "The
Season One airs on Netflix
I really enjoyed the first episode of this series. When I
watched it, it
reminded me a bit of "Wayward Pines" mixed with "Lord of the
Flies." A group of upper-class Connecticut teens find
themselves stranded in their town, with no adults and no
contact with anyone. They try to figure out what happened,
how they can get out or get in touch with the rest of the
world, and how to survive.
Kathryn Newton ("Big Little Lies" and "Supernatural")
stars as one of the teens, Allie. There's a large cast, and
I'm guessing that some of the teens die each episode,
à la "The 100." I love the
cast, particularly Rachel Keller ("Legion") and Sean Berdy
("Switched at Birth"). Paul Anthony Stewart (formerly from
"Guiding Light") plays one of the parents.
It'll be interesting to see how the show turns out. It
could be very good, or it could be a disappointment, like
"Wayward Pines." Either way, I'll be watching.
The Society follows a group of teenagers who are
mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their wealthy New
England town, left without any trace of their parents. As
they struggle to figure out what has happened to them and
how to get home, they must establish order and form
alliances if they want to survive. The series is a modern
take on Lord of the Flies.
Chris Keyser (The Last Tycoon, Tyrant, Party of Five)
will write and executive produce the series that will span
10 episodes, and Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, The
Amazing Spider-Man) will serve as director and
It was previously announced that Kathryn Newton (Big
Little Lies, Lady Bird) will star as "Allie," who has
lived her entire life in the shadow of her more remarkable
older sister Cassandra. Whatever Allie's strengths are, she
has very little sense of them. Allie inspires her sister to
take charge of the group as they are thrust in to the
mysterious new world.
Rachel Keller (Legion, Fargo) will play the role
of “Cassandra.” She’s popular and the most impressive
amongst her peers, and they all know it. A natural leader,
she is the longtime rival of Harry. If she has one person
she loves most in the world, it’s her sister, Allie.
Gideon Adlon (Blockers, Mustang) will play
"Becca," who is mature, tough and adventurous, yet always on
the outside looking in. She’s the daughter of a single,
alcoholic mother and in order to keep the rest of the world
at bay, she hides behind her camera, viewing the world with
a reporter’s eye.
Jacques Colimon (Duat) will play the role of
“Will.” Will is a foster kid and a true orphan. He’s an
outsider in West Ham who finds his natural social
disadvantages disappearing in New Ham.
Olivia DeJonge (The Visit) has been cast as
"Elle." A dancer, she is brittle from living in the
obsessive, cruel world of dance. Her fear and uncertainty in
this new world leaves her susceptible and vulnerable to
those who don't have her best interest in mind. She will
struggle to find her own self in this dangerous frontier.
Whether she finds salvation or, like those to whom evil is
done, comes to do evil in return, only time will tell.
Alex Fitzalan (Slenderman) will play “Harry.”
The epitome of privilege, he’s handsome, wealthy, ambitious
and, in almost every other way, entirely unremarkable. Harry
finds himself the leader of the roughly half of the
population that would choose to recreate, in the New World,
an exact replica of the world they left behind.
Kristine Froseth (Sierra Burgess Is A Loser, Apostle)
will play “Kelly,” the Queen Bee of West Ham. She’s smart
and has a firm moral compass. But now that the rules have
been rewritten, she may well take the opportunity to rewrite
herself as well. In doing so, she finds herself torn between
the old high school hierarchy and the new world order.
Jose Julian (A Better Life, Shameless)
will play tech wiz “Gordie.” Smart and grounded, he proves
to be indispensable in the new world. He secretly pines for
Cassandra. When he learns about her health issues, he vows
to teach himself basic medicine so he’s prepared should
Natasha Liu Bordizzo will play “Helena.” All of her
certainty – about her boyfriend Luke, about God – masks her
deep-seated uncertainty. More confident in Luke’s ability to
lead the town than Luke himself, Helena finds herself
stepping into that role in the face of conflict.
Alex MacNicoll (Transparent, Backseat) will play
"Luke," the high school quarterback, and built like one. His
girlfriend pushes him to be a leader, but he’s much more
content with being a supporter.
Jack Mulhern (Locke & Key) will play “Grizz,” a
jock with a poetic side. Incredibly smart, he becomes
important to the power struggles and game of survival in the
Salena Qureshi (Madam Secretary) will play
Grace Victoria Cox (Heathers, Under The Dome)
will play “Lexie.” Quirky and slightly unpredictable, Lexie
comes into her own in the political arena of New Ham.
Sean Berdy (Switched at Birth) and Toby Wallace
(Romper Stomper) will play the roles of “Sam” and
"Campbell," respectively. Sam and Campbell are brothers and
cousins to Cassandra and Allie. Sam is sweet, sensitive, and
funny. Born deaf, he is painfully aware of the unfair
vicissitudes of fate. His brother, Campbell, is a sociopath,
insecure and angry at the attention his brother’s
“difference” has stolen from him.
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