Based on the first three episodes, The Resort looks set to be Sam Esmail’s next big hit. With a strong mystery, brilliant characters, and a cracking setting, it wouldn’t be a massive surprise if The Resort grows even stronger in the next five episodes.
This review of the Peacock series The Resort season 1 does not contain any spoilers.
The Resort describes itself as a multi-generational, coming-of-age love story mixed together with the intriguing and mysterious disappearance of two missing teenagers. But what really sells the story in The Resort is the blend of time. With one-half of the story set in 2022, audiences watch as married couple Emma (Cristin Milioti) and Noah (William Jackson Harper) slowly begin to drift apart before they become embroiled in an unsolved missing person’s case from 2007. As they begin to investigate the case, The Resorts moves back to 2007. And boy, does it do it well.
The scenes from 2007 feel like they were made in 2007; that’s how spot on The Resort gets the tone and vibe of that era. And when The Resort is within 2007, it feels quite nostalgic. Even though there’s a sense that disaster is coming around the corner, those early scenes in 2007 feel pretty warm. And that warmth comes from the cast’s performances. Whether it’s Cristin’s Emma, Sam (Skyler Gisondo), Baltasar (Luis Gerardo Méndez), or Violet (Nina Bloomgarden), some characters just ooze from the screen. In fact, I’d say everyone was perfectly cast.
Set in Mexico, the beautiful yet dangerous location is clear from the start. Whoever picked this location did a tremendous job as it really adds to the show’s overall quality. And whilst the setting is great, it’s the emotion of the show that drives it to excellence. There’ll be moments you want to cringe, scream, laugh, and everything in-between. And for this kind of show, that works as an excellent mix.
Coming from the minds of Andy Siara and Sam Esmail (Mr Robot, Homecoming), it’s safe to say that there will be huge expectations of The Resort. And based on the first three episodes, those expectations have been met. The premise of the show may sound quite dark, mysterious, and thrilling, but the black comedy involved in the show not only brings out more laughs than you’d expect but also makes the show more emotional. The only advice I’d give is to not expect this show to be a repeat of Mr Robot or Homecoming. Whilst it shares some qualities with the two shows, much like the fact that all three shows have brilliantly written characters, The Resort stands up on its own. And through the tone of it, The Resort, as a result, diverts away from the style of the previous two shows.
Like any good comedy-mystery-thriller show, it keeps you guessing. Therefore, as the guesswork remains high in The Resort, the more likely you are to return episode after episode. On the whole, The Resort is a great watch and has the potential to become even greater with the five remaining episodes. So, on that note, go watch it!
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