Two years ago, the wilds (available on Amazon Prime Video) raised several ideas of considerable interest on a familiar scenario. The story of eight teenagers in the midst of conflicts of various kinds who must survive on a desert island seemed topical. But actually, he puzzled that the script took new and experimental paths to narrate a premise based on inner evil. Without the tortuous and suffocating mystery of yellowjackets, the series played with the same approaches. But while the Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson series exploited cruelty and inner darkness, the Amazon Prime series bet on more subtle terrors. So much so that the final result of his successful first season was quite a surprise. And for the second season of The Wilds it was decided to fully explore the Sarah Streicher premise.
The second season gives the entire narrative a completely new deep and sinister air. But before falling into temptation to give obscure explanations or twist the thread of the enigma, The Wilds bet on a brilliant sense of identity. Aware that he is not touching on an original theme, and that he must compete with identical narratives, he takes a step forward.
The Wilds it begins by making the context clear and making it darker by the mere fact of its obviousness. What we see is an experiment. A macabre for the dehumanization of its participants. Dared by what he wants to taste. But, especially, precise for the fact of making it clear that what you want to tell — and counts — It is based on a controversial premise of origin.
Gretchen Klein (Rachel Griffiths) wants to prove that a society of women is controlled by women and on women’s terms. She wants to overcome the limitations of the patriarchal society to create a more efficient and powerful hierarchical scheme. The premise is based on the analysis of the behavior of hundreds of individuals, and on the reactions of eight test subjects to it. In the previous season, the series showed the confrontations, horrors and pains of a controlled isolation destined for a purpose. On this occasion, shows what the fate of such a social diatribe is.
The fear that creates and drives: the feminist utopia
One of the most recurring criticisms of the first season of the wilds it was the fact that Klein’s whole strategy had something ridiculous and exaggerated about it. Was there no other method to test women’s innate ability to survive? But the series uses just that sense of excess to justify his plot. The test that the eight teenagers had to go through was beyond their strength. But not to their abilities, leadership and will. For the season finale, the survivors made it clear that they fought not to die and that an almost primitive structure arose in the midst of fear.
For its new chapters, the premise changes radically. From the “Eve’s Dawn” project we move on to “Adam’s Twilight”, which involves basically the same places and tests only with teenage boys. Already the possibility appeared in the last chapter of season and the idea was reinforced with the perception of the inevitable. If the first experiment had successful results, the second is inevitable. And it is through this line of ideas that the premise of The Wilds in its second season.
In fact, the Amazon Prime Video series is aware of this need for continuity that almost immediately shows the new test subjects. And he does it on the same plane — or an exact one —, sitting in the places previously occupied by their female counterparts. The experimental phenomenon is going to start and The Wilds assumes the idea that the public already knows what will happen, so it emphasizes that inevitable cycle. But also that this time the experiment turned out badly, so much so that emphasis is placed on the time through which both experiences extended. The Eva project managed to reach almost fifty days, while the Adam is considerably shorter. The mere condition of that fact is terrifying because of its implications. What happened to half eight teenagers marooned on an island? What caused your experience to be worse, more violent, terrifying, life-threatening?
The Wilds: a very expensive game
The Wilds It has a detailed staging and especially, a careful edition that allows to accentuate the sensation of going back and forth between scenes. But especially, with a cast that surprises with its good work and ability in the midst of complicated roles. From stepbrothers Henry (Aidan Laprete) and Seth (Alex Fitzalan) to Rafael (Zac Calderon), they show the pain of their personal dilemmas. Some of which will be increasingly important to understand the outcome of the plot.
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With a high-powered ending and an amazing vision of good and evil, built on a small-scale test basis, The Wilds create a new kind of power. Also, a growing perception that the program still has a lot to give. which, with the cliffhanger of the final chapter, it only leaves one urgent question for an answer: will the series have the audacity to return to offer explanations?