Netflix: A Hit and a Miss
By Zachary Anderson-Yoxsimer
With each passing month, Netflix continues to put up a fight for most original content. While battling competitors like Amazon, Netflix has made some noteworthy contributions, good and bad, to the entertainment industry, especially with its most recent releases of the movie “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and its series “Insatiable.”
“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a Netflix original film adaptation based on a 2014 novel written by Jenny Han. The movie features rising stars, Lana Condor as Lara Jean and Noah Centineo as Peter Kavinsky embarking on a modern love story with a classic rom-com vibe. The story is light-hearted and relatable, making it relatively easy for audiences to fall in love with the two main characters and the relationships portrayed throughout. Netflix helps somewhat challenge industry standards with a female protagonist who slowly begins to understand her meaning and worth in the world without completely tearing her down in the process. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” demonstrates a success for Netflix.
“Insatiable” proves they have a long way to go before their original content is up to par with other releases.
“Insatiable” is a Netflix original series with a star studded cast such as Debby Ryan, playing Patty Bladell, and Dallas Roberts, playing Bob Armstrong, yet it falls short of expectations. Reviews for season one have been all over the map. The word insatiable, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is simply “incapable of being satisfied.” Rightfully so, the entire season leaves the audience wishing the show had a sense of direction. Initially, the show seemed to be an attempt at redemption for Patty Bladell and Bob Armstrong, and shows how they try to overcome character flaws in their backstory; however, these redemptions fall short in a seemingly satirical nature. The main problem for “Insatiable” is it is simply a hot mess with no real plot structure or character development to enhance the show for better.