Arabic Netflix series Jinn season 1 advertises a keen premise but reduces itself to low standards of character development and storytelling.
Disregarding the premise entirely, Arabic Netflix series Jinn season 1 is on par with the convoluted The Society. While I appreciate Netflix’s offer to expand my horizons, delving into stories in different cultures, it still suffers from the repetitive teen-drama nature that prides itself with simplistic writing and thinly layered teenage characters that can barely sprout any emotional engagement with the audience. Maybe I am ageing quicker than I realised, but there appears to be a market of series’ that apply a specific genre, but the characters and their stories are relatively the same.
But why? Why is Netflix series Jinn holding itself to the same lowered standards that are easily forgettable? I get the feeling that sometimes writers are ridiculously withdrawn from younger generations, that there is an assumption that every young adult is up to the same thing, with similar issues. There’s a benchmark set that teenagers are not dissimilar but somewhat predictable. But in an evolving, diverse world, that is not the case, and I expected more from the Arabic series. I wanted more. Teenagers are exciting, and it should be written with that in mind.
But in terms of the premise; a group of high schoolers are experiencing supernatural phenomenons due to two jinns — one good, one evil — turning the high school into a battleground. In case you do not know what a jinn is, based on google definitions it means “an intelligent spirit of lower rank than the angels, able to appear in human and animal forms and to possess humans”. The Netflix series toys with the return of these jinns, with one character, in particular, taking a keen interest, and adversely trying to persuade people that they have returned.
But if you take away the layers of the premise, Jinn season 1 is another routine teen drama, that refuses to sell itself above that level. Even IMDB addresses the premise as a coming-of-age story with some elements of the supernatural. It’s almost like they gave up before they even wrote the script.
That’s not to say the acting or the visual effects are terrible; the Arabic Netflix series offers nothing compelling or grandstanding, but the performances do not reduce it to a bad rating. On a positive note, Jinn is only five episodes long, so if you do decide to invest into season 1, it won’t be a complete waste of time.
Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.