Netflix Thriller “The Society” is a Perfectly Suspenseful Summertime Binge
With the temp heading towards triple digits, staying out of the heat is quickly becoming out top priority. Lucky for us, Netflix has our backs with fresh new content. Our favorite streaming service recently released a trailer for their new suspenseful thriller, “The Society,”. TBH, it’s giving us major chills.
“The Society” is an eerie drama about a group of teens who find themselves mysteriously transported to a bizarre imitation of their affluent hometown.
While the place looks like home, there’s one big difference: their parents and every other citizen are nowhere to be found. Besides being electronically cut-off from the outside world, the teens find they’re also trapped by a dangerous forest surrounding the surreal town; baring them from escape.
The surprise isolation results in a bunch of young adults alone together with no supervision. What could possibly go wrong?
Sure, there’s plenty of partying at first but the fun only lasts so long. In an effort to get things back to normal, some members of the group work to build a new community based on rules and order. However, not everyone is down to return to civilization. Left to their own devices, the group teeters between maintaining their society and devolving into chaos.
The plot might sound a bit familiar to you if you’re a fan of classic literature.
With its themes of civilization versus anarchy, “The Society” is a modern retelling of the 1950’s William Golding masterpiece “Lord of the Flies.” However, this chilling series goes even darker than the esteemed novel. Instead of bloodthirsty preteen boys, sexy intrigue and dynamic power struggles are the focus of the Netflix Original series.
The suspenseful imagery in the trailer for “The Society” creates more questions than it answers.
Where did the parents go? Who’s working against New Ham’s success? What’s going on in that mysterious forest? Will mayhem win out or will their new society persevere?
It’s these questions that “The Society” showrunner Christopher Keyser says drive the intrigue of this series.
“It’s a long term mystery that needs to be teased out over time,” Keyser shared with IndieWire. “It’s a many-layered question.”
He continued, “That’s going to get stretched out over the course of the series because the answer — the ultimate answer, the fullness of it — you wouldn’t want known until close to the end.”
Keyser — whose TV credits include “Party of Five” and “Tyrant” — has been working for several years to get this show made. Before Netflix picked it up, Showtime was eyeing “The Society” but passed. They were concerned about the challenges of working with a young cast.
However, it’s the cast that really makes the series shine.
Besides intrigue and aprehension, “The Society” features an ensemble cast of 18 up and coming stars that bring life to the troubled teens. Kathryn Newton of “Detective Pikachu” fame plays Allie — the new society’s reluctant leader and peacemaker.
Actor Toby Wallace plays Campbell, Allie’s adversary. It’s Campbell who causes most of the turmoil in New Ham purely for chaos’ sake. The role is Wallace’s first in American but the Australian actor is a household name with tweens in his home country.
Though set in an upper class Connecticut community, “The Society” isn’t lacking in Latinx representation. José Julián of “Shameless” plays Gordie, a bright teen set on solving the mystery surrounding New Ham. In what’s being regarded at his breakout role, Emilio Garcia-Sanchez portrays jock Jason. You might recognize him from his time on “Criminal Minds.”
Though the series has only been available for a few weeks, there’s already talk of a Season 2.
Netflix usually decides the fate of their Original Series after they take a few months to gauge viewer reactions. Still, initial reception has been very positive for the thriller. Showrunner Keyser feels confident as to where “The Society” leaves off at the end of Season 1.
“I kind of like to think that we’re at the end of the beginning,” Keyser explained to IndieWire. “If we’re lucky, we’ll get to tell it all the way through.”
The mysteries “The Society” Season 1 left behind have our fingers crossed for news of a Season 2 asap. In the meantime, the series is now streaming on Netflix for all of our binging and re-binging summertime needs.