The Society: Season 1
May 13, 2019 7:58 AM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

A group of teenagers struggles to survive after they're mysteriously transported to a replica of their wealthy town with no trace of their parents.
posted by wellred (16 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am a sucker for a good "teens try to survive on their own" story. And I fell way too in love with too many of the characters in this, clearly I am in a sentimental place right now. I hope they get another season.
posted by wellred at 8:04 AM on May 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

I hope Langoliers appear and Bronson Pinchot guest stars. So it's good? I have Netflix off right now or I'd watch an episode over lunch.
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 9:16 AM on May 13, 2019

Empirically good, I do not know. Entertaining, absolutely.
posted by wellred at 9:29 AM on May 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

I usually don't care for shows with 30 year old teenagers, but I've watched the first two episodes of this, and it's enjoyable enough that I think I'll keep going.
posted by bradf at 12:48 PM on May 14, 2019 [1 favorite]

I can’t decide if I should keep watching this or if my time would be better spent re-watching The Leftovers...
posted by STFUDonnie at 4:44 PM on May 14, 2019

I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Like wellread says, not sure if it's empirically good but I do think there are some objectively good elements.

I'm not around fanfare a lot, does this thread mean it's ok to discuss any part of the season?
posted by pointystick at 5:04 PM on May 15, 2019

I loved The Leftovers, FWIW.

Yes, discuss the whole season!
posted by wellred at 6:59 PM on May 15, 2019 [1 favorite]

I was oddly excited about the discovery of farmland and animals. I want to see them farm!
Also I think that discovery may affect the power transfer since the new regime doesn't seem to be good at practical planning/not starving.
posted by pointystick at 7:28 PM on May 15, 2019 [1 favorite]

1. Uh isn't this the second "teenagers suddenly on their own" show? Like how many of these do we need?

2. There's one disabled person in the entire town? One? I grew up in a small town and even I wasn't the only disabled person. I mean c'mon.
posted by miss-lapin at 9:08 PM on May 15, 2019 [1 favorite]

Also it seems wierd there are no young kids and no one talks about that (or I missed it). People mention missing parents but not younger siblings.
posted by miss-lapin at 11:10 AM on May 16, 2019 [1 favorite]

I think I saw one kid in a wheelchair and that's all other than Seth so yeah, not great. I was disappointed with the lack of the diversity in general and also, all those beefy white guys with brown hair looked alike to me. It took me to episode 8 or so to recognize them all.

And the no one talking much about younger sibs or grandparents or pets is strange.
posted by pointystick at 2:51 PM on May 16, 2019 [1 favorite]

There's not enough diversity, true. But I felt that way about all the beefy white guys with brown hair in GOT, to be fair.

Pets turn out to be somewhat important, don't you think?
posted by wellred at 7:18 AM on May 17, 2019

yeah the dog showing up was interesting - what was that - a glitch? sign that someone is around/interfering/watching? a clue they aren't where they think they are? I admit being interested but I don't have my own theory!
posted by pointystick at 9:05 AM on May 17, 2019

I can see there being no pets or even other animals, but it's weird they never talk about it. You'd think at least the committee to go home would mention "Hmmm I wonder if this is linked."

My theory is that this is the Pied Piper of Hamlin or in this case Pfeiffer of West Ham. The teens were taken as punishment for not paying for "the smell" removal.
posted by miss-lapin at 1:16 PM on May 17, 2019 [2 favorites]

Pets are just a small part, the writing just got annoyingly shallow. The teen drama shows often have a point but in a major crisis people and teens are people put aside the silliness and pull together, think and solve problems. The snake bite did it for me, first, magic forest covered the roads and train tracks overnight, so lets grab snacks and walk "into the woods". The would prepare, dress right, boots, compass, be organized. And what bunch of teens doesn't have a video drone these days? Just random jump scare. Still might watch if in the mood but it's just not a great premise and worse writing.
posted by sammyo at 1:57 PM on May 17, 2019

I agree the writing is shallow and inconsistent. Here's this place where only teens are alive except for Pfeiffer yet even when they suspect he has something to do with what happened, no one suggests trying to find him or wondering where he went. This from a group of teens who off handedly translate Latin and quote Cicero.
posted by miss-lapin at 5:25 PM on May 17, 2019

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