The Society doesn’t make any sense…

The Society doesn’t make any sense…


You know, I’ve always been kind of a sucker for, like, Lord of the Flies esque shows or movies. I mean we got Lost, The Maze Runner series, The 100, even, like, The Walking Dead to a certain extent and now, Netflix’s is new show, The Society. When I first heard about The Society, I was like: Kids stuck in a Twilight Zone version of their hometown? Check. Lord of the Flies in a modern-day real world setting? Check. A bunch of 23 year olds LARPing as
angsty high school teenagers? Sign me up, I’m ready for it! But after watching the whole season,
I got a couple thoughts. So let’s take a walk. The show starts out by giving us a little introduction to some of our main characters. We have Cassandra, the student body president. We also have Will, the poor kid with a heart of gold. Harry, the rich pretty boy who
always gets what he wants Kelly, a girl with… not much personality at all Allie, Cassandra sister who’s just kind of a brat. And there’s a few others, but we’ll talk about them later. So one little piece of the puzzle we get right at the beginning of the show is that there’s some kind of weird smell around the town that’s supposed to have been gotten rid of,
but now it’s back. “…is that?” “Yeah”
“…yeah” But you know, I feel like if there was ever a place where you’d expect a bunch of weird smells the back of a high school is probably somewhere near the top of the list. A couple days after this, every high school kid, 16 and up, is supposed to go on some kind of, like, school camping trip or whatever. But, wouldn’t you know? There’s a big storm that night and the buses have to turn around and take everyone back home. And that’s when we find out that something isn’t right. Bus Driver: “Change of plans. Rock slide, the road is closed, you’re back home.” *bus door squeakes open* “My mom’s phone, it just keeps ringing.” *outgoing call ringing* Now what we come to discover is everyone else in the entire town is gone and on top of THAT the internet doesn’t work, their Phones don’t work except to
text and call each other, AND when they try to escape it turns out that all the roads are completely covered up with trees and bushes and that kind of stuff. So basically, they’re stuck in their hometown with no adults, no other people, and no way out So far so good, right? Well, Here’s my first big gripe with the show. First episode, everyone in town disappears
except for a group of teenagers who have to find a way to survive
and figure out what happened. Kind of like Lost but, like, with teens. Now, I don’t know about you, but so far this sounds like a pretty awesome show, right? A Y/A version of Lost? I mean, it basically sells itself. In the first episode or two, we start getting a few puzzle pieces about what might have happened. Someone finds some documents about how the mayor offered to pay someone to get rid of the smell But then decided not to pay that person. So maybe this is all some kind of like revenge plot or something, right? And then, over the next nine episodes, Nothing fricken’ happens!
*echoey voice* I mean, okay a lot of things happen. Like Cassandra makes a bunch of rules and tries to be in charge of the town. But then she gets shot and killed by someone. *ghost noise* And her sister Allie has to take her place,
and it’s, like, a whole thing. But the entire premise of the show, the whole point that we were sold on, just disappears. Like, no one cares about figuring
out the mystery or anything. And the show does this to a comical degree. Much later in the show, all the kids decide to have a big Thanksgiving dinner together. And right before that, just out of nowhere, we get this little piece of information: Gordie: “There have been two hypotheses on the table;” “This is Earth and everything else is gone,” “or… we’re someplace else.” “If you look closer, you’ll notice that there are no, moving objects between us and the moon,” “Which means somehow all of our satellites
have disappeared.” “I think it means that this Earth isn’t our own.” “It’s like a parallel universe.” Oh boy, you couldn’t have picked any other
time to tell us, huh? “Uh, hey guys, so it turns out” “We were all transported to an alternate dimension” “where we might be the only people in the entire world” “and we have no idea how he got here
or how to get back.” “All right guys, who’s ready for some turkey?” The vast majority of the show is focused on how teenagers form a society. Haha, get it? With all the rich kids on the same level as everyone else. And the show goes into these socio-economic differences that are always present in any school. But now, you know, they’re magnified by like a thousand times Harry: “Maybe, in the beginning, we needed to give up…” “…all of our freedom…” “…our possessions…” “…our identities…” “…All for the greater good. I say it’s time to give back” “what’s rightfully yours.” *cheering* “Control over your property, control over your own lives.” And that, in it of itself, is great! But, like, if that’s all the show is going to be about Then they didn’t need to have this alternate-dimension plot thing in the first place. Like, for example, right? They could have just had the kids be sent to a summer camp for a month or two. But it’s in the middle of some huge forest somewhere and there’s no adults for some reason,
their phones don’t work. So they have to come together and share everything and find food and work together. You know, I really just could have
been, like, Lord of the Flies. But when you sell the show to us, like: “WoOoOoh, mystery dimensions” You gotta follow up on that promise. I mean, there’s only so much teen angst we can all take it one time, you know what I mean? “What?” “I know what you want.” “So what? That’s what I want,
since the day I moved here.” “What’s so special about me?” *barf noise* Oh boy, here we go. “Don’t hate me, I-” “Don’t want to wear something that we couldn’t have afforded in the real world.” “That’s why…” “This isn’t your ring.” “Yours…” “Is the one near my heart.” *more barf noises* Make it stop, make it stop. This brings me to another thing about the show that I thought was kind of weird. The characters are supposed to be teenagers, right? And at the beginning, they are different
levels of believability, with some kids being more mature than others. But, like, besides all the cheesy, angsty,
romance stuff or whatever, like, no one acts like a teenager. It’s like almost no one has any hobbies or interests or life outside of saying their lines on screen. No one has a sense of humor. Like, really?
Not one funny kid in the whole school? Somehow there are no cliques or groups,
and everyone’s just friends. and most of the relationships just feel so artificial and, like, unearned. This is something we’re copying Lost, for example, could have helped the show I think. Like, if every episode we just got a short little flashback of certain characters and what their relationship was before, and then we compare and contrast that to how they are now, I feel like it could have added a lot of
extra depth to the characters, and a lot more weight to what happens between them. Instead, we just get little pieces like this: “I guess it’s weird that we never really knew each other in high school.” “Yeah, not really.” “The only thing that I do remember is in the
hallway of junior year” “I heard you call me a thot.” To me almost everyone feels, like, very one-dimensional. Like what you see is what you get for pretty much the entire show Take Campbell for example, Allie
and Cassandra’s cousin. Now, he looks kind of like the school dirtbag
or whatever, right? Now we get this scene with his brother Sam,
who’s Deaf and gay, just FYI. And he tells us something about Campbell. Becca interpreting: “Campbell is not a normal
version of anything.” “They had him tested.” “He’s a psychopath” Now, this is pretty early in the show. So I was thinking like, ‘okay, so maybe Campbell was a real piece of garbage back in the old world…’ ‘But now with all the social rules and pressures and all that stuff gone away…’ ‘He’s gonna have some kind of, like, redemption arc or something, right?’ Nope
*echoey voice* We’re told Campbell is a psychopath, and throughout the show, he is a psychopath. So, like, right at the beginning they tell us that he’s gonna be, like, the bad guy. And then he turns out to be exactly that. “There’s not gonna be an election.” “Yeah, right.” “I’m serious, we’re not gonna ask for power.” “We’re gonna take it.” “What do you mean, like by force?” Huh, well gee whiz. Who could have seen that coming? But it’s not just Campbell, okay. In this show every guy is just the worst. We have Campbell, the literal psychopath. Harry, the entitled douchebag whose entire motivation is, “I don’t want to share my toys.” The football players, who never really say much more than, “Uhahaha.” or Will, who just kind of cries all the time. The Society is about a lot of things but the real
message of the show is, Don’t have a boyfriend
*echoey voice* But really though, there are a lot of good ideas and a lot of potential with The Society. But I was kind of baffled by some of
the choices they made. Like at the very end we get this little stinger where Allie’s mom is back in their old dimension I guess reading Peter Pan to some very young kids. “When Mrs. Darling went back to the night nursery…” “All the beds were occupied, but she did not believe they were there…” “You see, she saw them in their beds so often
in her dreams…” “That she thought this was just the dream.” Now I guess this is supposed to be some kind of like “BWAAAH” moment or something. And they want us to wonder if the teenagers are really in a different dimension, or maybe they’re all dead. But like if the big reveal is that they were all
dead the whole time, then what’s the point of anything in the show? But yeah, so the season ends and we get no answers or hints or anything about what’s really going on. There’s just a whole bunch of political infighting and then the show’s over. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely gonna watch season two whenever it comes out. Because, like I said, I think there’s a lot of good ideas here, but we’ll see how it goes. You know going back to Campbell for a second, the thing that really bothered me about
him as a character… Or maybe not him as a character, but the way that he was portrayed in the show Is like, so at the very beginning of the show in the church, he’s talking to his brother Sam, right? And we get this kind of look at who he is, right? He says “Don’t come home tonight.
Ever since you were born…” “I never got a day to myself, but that’s all different now.” So immediately we kind of get this little bit of information about who he is and his upbringing, right? Like, he feels that he was neglected. He feels that it was unfair to him because
his brother has a disability, So his family had to focus on the little brother
instead of Campbell. Like I get it, you know. It’s a little bit cliche, but, like, I get it. That’s something you can sympathize with and be like: Okay. Obviously, you know, his actions are not good, but you understand why he chooses to do them. But then, a couple episodes after that, right? They just tell you like, ‘Oh, no, he’s literally crazy.’ So it’s like all the sympathy and the understanding of why he does what he does, like, all that’s just gone. Because it’s like, Okay, so the whole neglected as a child thing like all this has nothing to do with anything He was just born with an illness,
therefore he is the bad guy. It’s such a weird choice, especially for a show like this, That’s very, like, socially aware and has a lot of like social issue… Commentary type thing. And then to have like the bad guy be bad because of… You know what I mean? I don’t know. I just- I felt like it didn’t really match with the show they were trying to make in the first place. I felt so weird just to be like: “Oh, he’s the bad guy cuz he was born that way, the end.” I don’t know, it seemed weird to me,
it was a weird choice The show has a lot of weird choices that don’t seem to make a whole lot of sense, but I don’t know. It’s not my show. Anyway, thank you so much for watching. Don’t forget to subscribe. Don’t forget to ring that bell. Please ring it, because, you know. YouTube’s algorithm being what it is, you know. Some people don’t see the videos they want to see. So, if you want to watch all my videos,
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    It's Aimy

    take a shot everytime somewhere says "fuck" in this show, you will be as fucked up as harry when ur thru season 1

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    Dilina Chan

    The very first thing i would‘ve done is checking how far the forest goes🙄😒and I wouldn’t have killed the murder of Cassandra because it would just leads to more chaos or like some of them even said: that doesn’t make you better than him

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    Indica Wood

    How did they not relize where the bus drivers went and also how did they get back In there town if all the roads were both blocked by trees ?!?😂

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    John Vonachen

    I think Camball has always been a psycho, his parents literally didn’t own a gun because of this, he stole one. Now with this “new” world he has no restraints, nothing to stop him from holding him back. While yes he is an “edgy” character he is also a master manipulator, a “mimic”. He played Ellie like a fucking flute(or piano, wink wink, aye—references) before she started to realize this after nearly being fucking drowned which my guy forget to show because it’s one of those things that confirm what his brother was saying, which also shows that he is more than just an “edgy” character, he really is a psychopath…

    As for the whole plot of them being in another dimension, it doesn’t need to be explained in the first season. I do agree the kids should’ve reacted and question a little bit more, but they are kids. Sex, partying, for Harry it’s Drugs, and fun are on there mind. Then they realize they can’t do that and get caught up in trying to survive. It’s not till things start going to shit that they really start to dig a little deeper into actually why they are there.

    My predictions for season 2… uh, Grizz dies. I don’t know, just wanna piss off the OTP people.

    Sincerely, not Grizz.

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    And I oop *blinks with huge eyelashes*

    I like the society but I understand how confusing or dumb the show can be at times..hot tf did no one notice the bus driver until the end of the first season?🤦🏽‍♀️

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    Fabian Hess

    High school kids without a connection to the internet??? How can they survive when they only have water food irl social connections?

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    Sydney Hodgson

    the society: we're gonna call this show the society because it's about people creating their own society
    this guy: iF ThE sHOw iS abOuT a pARaLlEl uNiVErSe WhY iS tHEre sO mUCh pOlITIcS???

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    jamy222222

    Am I the only one who sees this and thinks "Wow, its like the Gone series, except absolutely horrible"?

    Like, I would have paid good money to see that adapted into a full TV series. Because it does everything that this show tried to do… but actually succeeded (for the most part).

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    HEYYY! EYO!

    So basically the girl that got shot cause she wanted to run for mayor just died again instead of reviving Mario style… you know not really alive… like she’s still dead but liek but in a way alive whilst being dead….

    fUcK It bYe—

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    Gitte Van de velde

    I saw the 5 first minutes of this and then was like: "Nope"

    I have seen all 6 seasons of the 100 in the past 2 months though.

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    Alexis Rodriguez

    It's the parents they know some shit and have those weird ribbons and I think the mom killed the daughter because she was either too grown up for them of taking too much leadership

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    Ilms12

    this show was great. i literally just finished watching it and it was so good that i cried, not because of sadness but because of anger

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    Jess’s World

    When he said all the guys are bad……. like…… what the fuck? Lemme just….. SAM? GRIZZZZZZZZZZZ?????????

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    lady cherry

    The first thing I would have think of after seeing the woods blocking the roads is using the drone, they are in 2019 right?

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    Queen Moriarty

    I didn't get the dog part. like why was there only one dog there? whose dog was it? how did he even get there?

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    Aeon

    Did you not see the dog that Campbell was implied to have killed in front of the library where the mother was reading to the kids. Just asking because I didn't see you acknowledge it

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    Corey Slade

    You mentioned it being like Lost, then showed that last scene, so now I have to assume that they are literally copying Lost outright, and the kids are all in Purgatory or whatever the ending of Lost was.

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    Snoop Boop

    Throughout the whole show I’ve questioned:

    Did they really send a bunch of teens on a school trip with no teachers?

    If it was one guy that wanted revenge, why are there 3 drivers?

    Did everyone fall asleep? Like I can’t sleep while travelling, so how did 3 buses of kids fall asleep at the same time??

    Why has the power not run out yet? It started flickering in the beginning at that caused the riot, and they the show just kinda forgot about it.

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    Eric Armstrong

    I have been putting of watching this until there was nothing left on Firestick……good thing I guess. That girl from Legion is 27 playing a 17 year old and she looks 32.

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    Idiota m nøkla i krøddnmdldkfk

    I think the concept of the show would be cool, but they did it the wrong way. The fact that they just assumed they were in an alternate reatly or something just because they were the only ones in that town then was kinda stupid. Maybe there is other towns or something in the world, but they don't know about it yet. And the fact that they didn't go and explore the woods just because a girl that was allergic to snakebites died, that doesn't mean that everyone is going to die.

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    Idiota m nøkla i krøddnmdldkfk

    And the show was boring af. When Allie had that dream when they came and slitted that guys (i dont remeber his name) throat i actually thought that was real and was like finally something is starting to happen!

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    Abiuth Trejo

    i literally hate harry and all the football jocks and pretty much every guy on this ridiculous show (except grizz and sam, they're cinnamon rolls) because litteraly nobody actually is mature enough to see the fact that there is no more outside world or anything , no bottled water , no packaged pre made food , like nobody here realizes that one day theyre gonna die of starvation because fucking harry and campbell dont wanna share shit like get over yourself , they wanna have what they have to themselves like eventually your gonna die of starvation because you got too wasted one night and ate all your rations and they'll be on the streets begging and fucking campbell yo he really wants to take control by force like somebody please shoot this guy in the head , hes never gonna a functioning member of society and i dont mean that in an offensive way , i mean if he doesnt start getting his shit together he will die ! its not even about someone being in charge its about establishing what needs to established which is RULES! but like any other straight white male ,those rules dont apply to him , thank you for coming to my ted talk

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