The Eddy review – a jazz-driven story on the human condition

May 7, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, TV Reviews
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Summary

The Eddy is not the best series of the year but for some, it will be their favorite series of 2020 — it’s directed with love. If you love jazz, you’ll love the show; if you don’t love jazz, you just might by the end of it.

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Summary

The Eddy is not the best series of the year but for some, it will be their favorite series of 2020 — it’s directed with love. If you love jazz, you’ll love the show; if you don’t love jazz, you just might by the end of it.

Netflix series The Eddy will be released on the platform on May 8, 2020, globally — this review of the drama series contains no spoilers.


From the opening scene to the last, Netflix’s The Eddy has a profound love for jazz in various forms. Based on real-life musicians, jazz is emblazoned in the story. The creators, a team that includes the distinguished Damien Chazelle, have pointedly made jazz another character. A rather predictable notion with Damien involved, but it’s one aspect of the Netflix series that remains a constant — it’s an element that can be trusted to not let you down, while the characters develop and make choices.

The Eddy has a central premise; club owner Elliot is desperate to find a label for his band. The story reeks of sacrifices and complications; Elliot’s daughter arrives in Paris to stay, and the space between them where they never seem to meet halfway is the crux of the first chapter. Each chapter focuses on one character but rooted in the middle of each episode is the love for jazz and Elliot’s focus in giving his band a spot in the world. There’s always an overhanging cloud, with a gang threatening to remove the very existence of the club.

The Netflix series is directed with character precision; the camera routinely zones in uncomfortably on the characters every single time they talk to capture their specific emotion at that time. The Eddy is an intimate piece where the characters struggle to hide; it feels like the audience is encroaching on their personal lives as they navigate this dark world where jazz is the only concept that they can truly understand while everything else in their lives is unknown.

TV series’ can take season after season to establish that raw connection between several characters but The Eddy brings that naturalness with ease; again, jazz being the common factor intensifies the relationships, so it comes as no surprise that a shared love for music provides an emotional connection for the audience.

Putting the story arc aside, The Eddy is really about the impact of a character’s environment; how it can shape a person and encourage them to make decisions later in life. Almost every plot point is dependant on a connection, whether that be ensuring a daughter feels loved or a best friend feels appreciated, The Eddy relies solely on characters requiring the need of a human connection in one way or another. The Netflix series toys with the theory that we are all a victim of our own environments, and each character in this series is mentally inflicted by the present or past in some way. The series is a jazz-driven story on the human condition, wonderfully woven by an extremely talented cast that is evidently not bothered by the camera staring down on them.

It’s also abundantly clear that Damien Chazelle entered adulthood with the sole aim of bringing the world together through jazz. Through his creativeness and collaborations like The Eddy, this is a man who is painfully desperate to fall in love with the genre. Like Whiplash, like La La Land, it’s very difficult not to be attracted to the music once you’ve put an episode down. Without discounting the other creators of The Eddy, Damien’s one path-track to world domination where we all attend underground jazz bars is working.

The Eddy is not the best series of the year but for some, it will be their favorite series of 2020 — it’s directed with love. And if you love jazz, you’ll love it anyway; if you don’t love jazz, you just might by the end of it.

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