Dash & Lily season 1 review – a Netflix Christmas series that will tug at the audience’s heartstrings Bring back pen pals.

November 5, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

Dash & Lily grabs at the heart using Christmas vibes and a heavy dose of hopeless romantics that audiences will soften too.

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3.5

Summary

Dash & Lily grabs at the heart using Christmas vibes and a heavy dose of hopeless romantics that audiences will soften too.

This review of Netflix’s Dash & Lily season 1 contains no spoilers. The romance series will be out on the streaming service on November 10, 2020.

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It is that time of the year where we ponder, prepare to spend time with loved ones, and appreciate the time we have together. Well, this year, that may not be a possibility due to the virus, but we can at least be softened by the fact that film and television will have a flurry of content to comfort viewers with. Every year, Netflix releases a whole host of soppy content for prying eyes, and Dash & Lily season 1 will be added to the stocking.

The premise is whimsical and lacks realism for today’s world, but if audiences suspend their belief a little bit and believe that our generation would resort to pen palling, then what you essentially have here is a Netflix series that pulls on the heartstrings. The story follows Lily (played Midori Francis) who is a Christmas enthusiast and believes in a hopeless romantic season; that’s until one year when Christmas is thrown into disarray and she has to find escapism elsewhere. She decides to leave a notebook in a library with a list of games and challenges — she’s hoping to find a recipient she may form an unpredictable romance with by leaving the notebook for each other at different locations of New York City, without actually seeing each other. The winning recipient is Dash (played by Austin Abrams).

There are many moments where you roll your eyes; both characters seemingly leave the notebook for each other with ease and few complications. But what makes the premise more interesting is that Dash is the modern-day Grinch. The story is just as much about his slow embrace of Christmas as Lily’s enthusiasm for the season. There’s a kind balance between both characters, each holding their own family problems and having to overcome issues that they keep separate from each other.

Netflix’s Dash & Lily romanticizes New York at a busy time of year — it’s seen-before but welcome. And ironically, while New York is quieter than ever, it brings a heavy weight of nostalgia that would have otherwise been seen as a ploy if it wasn’t for the global circumstances throttling us. It’s a series we may not have asked for, that brings togetherness, friendship, and connections that 2020 has removed from us physically.

Dash & Lily grabs at the heart using Christmas vibes and a heavy dose of hopeless romantics that audiences will soften too.


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