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Wednesday Season 1 Review – A perfect mix of comedy and dark fantasy

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Wednesday Season 1 director Tim Burton brought a suspenseful TV show starring Disney’s child actress, Jenna Ortega. Netflix released “Wednesday” is a spin-off of 1938’s “Addams Family” but with new fresh characters and a storyline, with the spooky and chaotic life of Wednesday Addams.

The story

Wednesday, a student of the peculiar Nevermore Academy, a place where her family has studied for generations. She discovers mysteries happening around town and about her parents while juggling her newfound psychic powers. This new academy is filled with supernatural freaks from werewolves to vampires and shapeshifters, so basically this place is for outcasts. In between them, Wednesday stands out as a death-obsessed goth girl.

In this TV show, we find out the hardships faced by Wednesday while she developed relationships, and makes friends and foes while solving the mystery related to her parent’s death.

The Trailer

A teen coming-of-age story with a murder mystery plot, this series gives it all. Combining two genres and making us fall in love with it is not easy but Tim Burton definitely did it with this show, the well-known protagonist and her macabre-loving family.

https://youtu.be/Q73UhUTs6y0

From the beginning, the trailer maintained a spooky vibe that fits perfectly with the storyline and genre of the tv show. Furthermore, the amazing orchestral interpretation of “Paint it Black” just acts as a cherry on top and adds value to this trailer. Through the trailer alone we see that Jenna Ortega is a perfect fit for the role of Wednesday because of the emotions she presented through her expressions.

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The Cast

  • Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams
  • Karina Varadi as Young Wednesday
  • Gwendoline Christie as Larissa Weems
  • Oliver Wickham as Young Larissa Weems
  • Riki Lindhome as Dr. Valerie Kinbott
  • Jamie McShane as Sheriff Donovan Galpin
  • Hunter Doohan as Tyler Galpin
  • Percy Hynes White as Xavier Thorpe
  • Emma Myers as Enid Sinclair
  • Joy Sunday as Bianca Barclay
  • Moosa Mostafa as Eugene Otinger
  • Georgie Farmer as Ajax Petropolus
  • Naomi J. Ogawa as Yoko Tanaka
  • Christina Ricci as Marilyn Thornhill

Plot Review (Spoilers)

The tone and visual aesthetic of Wednesday are spots on, with Burton bringing his characteristic ghoulish delight to the film as executive producer and director. Wednesday resides around a group of outcasts with supernatural abilities all treated as equals at the Nevermore Academy. For me, the vibe of the tv show is a combination of tv shows like Riverdale combined with Harry Potter.

Since the series was linked to the Addams family there was a really low chance of any chance of innovation present. Overall, the series was really good, and the cast line was on spot as well. It has many plot twists and characters to die for. In comparison to the Addams family, they take a darker turn when Wednesday was expelled from her school and was sent to a place or school for all kinds of people. She starts encountering some strange things that were happening around her that weren’t happening before. She started encountering a creature that she crossed paths with several times which was killing people in the woods.

There is also someone that wants to kill Wednesday because of the thought that she might wreak havoc on this school. The show is much darker than expected. Some murders are happening in the school and Wednesday points herself to solve these cases. So, she is all tangled up in the events going on in a school she doesn’t want to go to. Her relationship with her roommate was hilarious because they are complete opposites so that was fun to watch. The volatile friendship between Enid and Wednesday is one of the show’s pivots, and while Enid is continually giving more, Wednesday does provide a glimmer of protectiveness.

Wednesday also has visions that allow her to grow progressively throughout the show. She is the kind of person that likes dark stuff and has violent tendencies and dark things/situations bring her joy. Even though the storyline is all jumbled up, for me it makes it more interesting and worth watching so this is a show that you can binge-watch because you can’t take a time off because of the amount of curiosity that builds in with each episode.

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Wednesday Season 1

Now there is a downfall to this as for some people, having too many plots for all the characters being mixed up can be overwhelming for the audience. So that’s something that could’ve been improved. Some stories weren’t viewed back so there wasn’t any follow-up on them, like when one of the sirens had this big plan for you her daughter for something big. They had a few scenes regarding it, but we didn’t get a follow-up on it. So that’s one other thing that could’ve been paid attention to.

The tone was consistent throughout the show. The cast was perfect mainly Jenna Ortega that just makes us watch the show it’s like the character was built for her. Furthermore, the highlight of this entire show was the appearance of Christina Ricci, actress that played Wednesday in The Addams Family movie, and it was interesting to see her in this show having a completely different character. The visuals and the set design were also consistent with the storyline and were really amazing. Another character that left a huge impact on me was “Thing” he was just amazing.

Where to watch

The series was released on Nov 23rd, and is available on Netflix

Will there be a season 2 of Wednesday?

No one likes to be left on a cliffhanger so it’s obvious that the fans will ask for the possibility of a second season. As of yet, Netflix has not announced anything regarding the renewal of the show for a second season. Since season 1 of Wednesday took almost a year, it is unlikely that we will get a second season until the beginning of 2022.

Star Jenna Ortega said that she had “no idea” whether the show will come back for a second season or not. So, for the time being, let’s just cross our fingers in the hopes that the door of Nevermore Academy opens once again.

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Muhammad Aamir

An undergrad student at IBA Karachi.

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