Daisy Jones and The Six is atmospheric and cinematic, exploring a fictional band in authentic detail, while the show’s stunning original songs feel as real as the setting. The romance angle may feel a little old hat, but this series has enough magical moments to make up for any cliched elements.
We review the Prime Video series Daisy Jones and the Six season 1, which does not contain spoilers.
Creating any art form can be a magical process, but making music is extra special and otherworldly. The idea of ordinary people playing instruments together in a room while singing in harmony to create something entirely new, that lightning-in-a-bottle moment, seems so enchanting and rare. This mystical idea is the basis for Daisy Jones and the Six, a Prime Video original series that takes the excitement of making music in a band and goes full steam ahead and runs with it.
Daisy Jones and the Six Season 1 Review and Plot summary
Set in the seventies, easily the best musical decade by a long shot, creators Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (the writing duo behind 500 Days of Summer and The Disaster Artist) adapt Taylor Jenkins Reid’s best-selling novel of the same name, focusing on the rise to fame of a Fleetwood Mac style fictional band called Daisy Jones & The Six. I say Fleetwood Mac because they emulate that classic band’s style of music, think their 1977 album ‘Rumours,’ with a similar back story that is said to have inspired the entire series. Addressing the in-band rocky romances and outrageous affairs that Fleetwood Mac is renowned for. And, of course, there is plenty of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll antics for further comparison too.
The band is led by lead singers Daisy Jones (played by Riley Keough, who happens to be the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, no less) and Billy Dunne (Sam Claflin). Their rockstar romance is the central focus of the series, but there are other relationships and intriguing characters besides this main attraction.
We follow the band from their humble origins to their celebrity stardom. Exploring the misogynistic music industry of the era and the musical writing process in detail. It’s fascinating to see this often-dismissed side to the scene, with the story feeling realistic and relaxed enough not to rush through the hits. This makes the numerous band subplots feel organic and authentic.
This isn’t to say that the show is without any stereotypes or cliches, it is nearly impossible to avoid the many tropes of the genre, but Daisy Jones and the Six does a great job of making this popular storyline feel fresh and re-energized nonetheless. And on top of that, the original songs are just amazing. Their fictional debut album ‘Aurora’ is being released for real, with help from Phoebe Bridgers and other industry experts, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it makes the charts.
Is the TV show Daisy Jones and the Six season 1 good?
Daisy Jones & The Six is well worth your time, a musical series that feels tailor-made for music fans, while audiences of all tastes will find something to enjoy from this ten-part original. The series perfectly captures the excitement of making music, and the band’s dynamic chemistry, bringing to mind Cameron Crowe’s musical opus Almost Famous.
It comes fully equipped with a classic seventies soundtrack (Lou Reed, Patti Smith, and Roxy Music) and a stunning collection of original pieces that you will fall in love with.
The seventies look and feel accurately crafted with an atmospheric, cinematic edge. The series is well cast, with the leading actors even performing their own vocals. When Billy and Daisy duet, it creates some truly magical moments. The series is shot almost like a documentary at times, with present-day interviews. This allows the band members to reminisce and dissect their past lives. Once again, the cast are aged well, subtly, adding another layer of excellence to the setup.
The series is by no means perfect, the romance angle can drag at times, and certain subplots feel tired within the crowded genre. But these niggles can be ignored when so much care and affection have gone into the making of this show. This is a music-themed series that music lovers will adore. You’ll struggle to get their songs out of your head!
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