Lord Of The Flies-inspired teen sci-fi The Society
When it's all about the teen drama (mainly sickening teeny relationships) it stinks the place out, but when they focus on how a group of teenagers would organise society and attempt to enforce rules against pampered kids and solve quasilegal problems it becomes intriguing. The sci-fi side of the story has been so fleeting so far that I can't really say much about it. That's a huge weakness for it so far as it essentially boils down to a shifty-looking dude in the background of some pictures, although the teen boffin Gordy did come up with some interesting observations about the constellations halfway through the season.I started this but don't think finished it - nice anecdote?
All I can recall is the town closing off and raising eyebrows at the teen drama. Perhaps I got to episode 2, quit and it has the angst-ridden (annoying) teen from Supernatural.
I got this confused with that supernatural witch/werewolf or such college based thing also on NF!
Depends how antisocial that behaviour is; considering it;s estimated a large number run the world in various authoritative guises, without breaking (or evading) social or criminal law keeping.Polished off S1 the other day and thought it finished on a tense note. The psychopath is a compelling villain, one of the best I've seen in anything this year. If you identify one and have evidence demonstrating their antisocial behaviour you can't allow them to participate in society. They must be isolated and ostracised otherwise their manipulative and antisocial ways has a pernicious and nasty effect on relationships and society.
Felt angry watching the finale, both for the way the psychopath's machinations have caused pain, suffering and divisiveness between people that had been getting along and working for the benefit of one another until he wanted his girlfriend back (he doesn't give a crap about who's in charge as long as he gets his way - and his property, i.e. the girl) and for how easily the group was manipulated by him. It could easily have been avoided if they discussed Campbell's diagnosis (something disclosed by his brother earlier in the season) and how it's likely to cause chaos among the group.
That psychopathic smirk is unnerving. Great job by the actor.
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Really looking forward to S2.
Yeah, you're right. Was too absolute there by condemning them all. As you said there's a lot of them about using various degrees of antisocial behaviour to accomplish their goals regardless - and sometimes because of - the cost to others, serve their ambitions and sometimes just destroy people's lives for the fun of it. It's the ones who shun prosocial behaviour altogether and who use their psychopathy like an evil superpower to position themselves in authoritative roles and careers who pose the biggest risk to society. When they undermine the communities they're in and harm people on a repeated basis then perhaps the only way to deal with the issue is to turn them into a pariah. The really bad ones seem to be beyond the powers of rehabilitation, whatever that may be.Depends how antisocial that behaviour is; considering it;s estimated a large number run the world in various authoritative guises, without breaking (or evading) social or criminal law keeping.
You've piqued my interest further, so this will be back on my radar.
Appreciate you giving it a chance, encaser. Agree that it sometimes pulls its punches and could have been grittier given some of the dark concepts it explores. But it was a welcome surprise for me that they even went there in the first place.OK. I binged 8ish of these and at times wondered why, whilst others thought that was a decent line and turn of events.
If you can get beyond the lead actress being bit of a one trick pony (with the odd growth) and the dribbling out of our resident psycho that is the most interesting character, then this runs along fine beyond episode 3 (as our sole resident fan, @Stockholm says).
The concept of control is balls (or is it vagina?!) with the assumption one minute of how it goes from the females fearing the males and their innate caveman tendencies to literally using sex as their power, strapped with a rationed rationality. On the one hand, it had me laughing at its absurdity but on the other, thinking, yeah, that pretty much happens as is.
There are a few quite daring and dramatic set pieces within; that albeit often borrow from elsewhere, make them sufficiently their own.
Netflix are doing the usual here though, have lots of sweary youths and realistically expected nudity in sex scenes but then turn it into an AMC-like outing and deny it with bras/clothing during sex and introduce the swear box. I found it too obvious and irritating that they go from having so much adult language that it actually felt forced in most sentences, to suddenly having have some word power, But thankfully at least, those set pieces arrive in which adult language is needed for realism and included with some strong content that would challenge other channels as to whether to allow them.
One thing though, since seeing and hearing Preacher's Arseface character; the deaf youth in this sounds so much like him, it is too close and at times funny to take him seriously. It's a shame, as he is clearly their double token character being deaf and gay with some heart felt scenes that just had me flashing to Preacher and hearing insults calling him out.
This is obviously a Lord of the Flies with the battle of the sexes twist, in which democracy again takes an inconvenient backseat in the main. But it does have some well developed angles and a surprising range of looking at aspects of emotion, sexuality and social and moral control from all sides. It raises bigger issues of democracy, dictatorship and hegemony too. And of course, repackages them with questionable youth desires, decisions based on revenge, power grabs and fear and that ever present threat of hedonism and subjugation to fulfil whatever emotion is leading the way. Or, lack of emotion in the case of the resident psychopath that they do so well with, right up until they gave him the teary need for the other - Americans!
I haven't quite finished this (will it make me as angry as @Stockholm...I sense an edit coming) but It appears clear where season two will go and with carriers of a certain appendage being at the helm this time around. Let's see...
Are you talking about his blonde gf? Given his psychopathy, I got the impression that he doesn't actually care about her per se but cares about exerting his control over her, which is classic psychopath behaviour when it comes to their relationships. Notice that he picked on the most vulnerable girl at the start of the season when he spots her on her own on the bus? Classic for them. Like predators, they scope out the weak and vulnerable and lovebomb them until they drop their defences and allow the psychopath to possess them. One that I've had personal experience with followed the same pattern of behaviour, almost to a tee, as Campbell does towards that girl in this show. Separated her from her family and friends (Campbell doesn't want her socialising), stripped her naked and regularly threw her into the street as punishment, controlled all of her lines of communication, bought her a dog but used it to control her behaviour by beating it whenever she did something he didn't like, moved her to a remote part of the country, etc, etc. Police and courts have been involved over the years but she can't find a way to escape despite her family's efforts. Whenever she escapes his clutches he always finds a way of getting her back again, either through manipulation, coercion, etc. Same story with Campbell except he's prepared to jeopardise the entire cohesion of the community that Allie has established just to get the blonde girl back under his control and dominance.Or, lack of emotion in the case of the resident psychopath that they do so well with, right up until they gave him the teary need for the other - Americans!
They had initially renewed it for S2 and they are saying it is cancelled as a result of the Covid crisis.Cancelled by Netflix