Welcome to Eden enjoys the scenario-based drama while coating it with teen tropes and a sniff of sci-fi to keep the audience intrigued.
This review of the Netflix Spanish series Welcome to Eden season 1 does not contain spoilers.
There’s an argument that on the day Amazon releases the second season of The Wilds, it might not be a good idea to bring out a teen drama based on an island. But then again, Netflix enjoys ruining the party; they’ve been doing it for years, showing no sign of stopping now.
Welcome to Eden follows a group of teenagers who have a lust for social media and partying. After our lead characters receive a random text asking, “are you happy?” they are soon invited to an exclusive, private island party that supposedly sponsors a new energy drink. When the teenagers get to the island, drinks and hormones flow, but nothing is what it seems as five out of the one hundred partiers are selected for this secret society — “Welcome to Eden.”
But their hosts keep the cards close to their chest, providing a mysterious and thrilling series on Netflix. Welcome to Eden enjoys the scenario-based drama while coating it with teen tropes and a sniff of sci-fi to keep the audience intrigued. Of course, the concept that these characters are so fuelled by promiscuous partying, drinking, and dopamine brings a centering theme to the story — can they develop as people? Can they grow?
I’m not sure why island scenario-based narratives are becoming popular of late. You’d have thought LOST would have exhausted that avenue. But I can see why Welcome to Eden will be appealing to young audiences. The cast is attractive, and the story is filled with enough mystery for the characters to sell themselves. Of course, the series provides an overabundance of plot points, but we are used to that by now.
Audiences will find themselves wondering what the whole point of Eden is about and what the host’s objectives are. That’s the ultimate goal for the viewer. If that does not interest you, the fast-paced story will surely keep you engaged. Welcome to Eden may have been released on an odd day, but it’s worth the investment.
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