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‘Panic’ Series Review: Bingeable High-Stakes Teen Drama

After the rules are changed for its yearly challenge, graduating seniors in a small Texas town must decide if they are willing to risk everything for a chance for a better life

Ritika Kispotta - Sun, 30 May 2021 11:44:28 +0100 1981 Views
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The new Amazon series “Panic” is an impossibly focused effort on just about everybody involved. In “Panic,” the high schoolers in a small Texas town referred to as Carp hold an annual secret contest where players endure a series of dangerous tasks. The reward is enough money to fund a move to a replacement job or fall tuition or a life outside the town— is enough to tempt dozens of players. Panic was modified by Lauren Oliver from her novel. The series follows the assorted seniors as they compete, whether or not for a chance to flee, or an opportunity for revenge. These embody best friends Heather Nill (Olivia Welch) and Natalie Williams (Jessica Sula), both of whom dream of leaving Carp and following their passions, Dodge Mason (Mike Faist), a new kid in a city with a mysterious secret, and Ray Hall (Ray Nicholson), a city troublemaker who is much more than meets the attention.


The show looks like the standard YA conceit: Bored kids in a small town who use drugs and sex to assist them to feel anything in life. By the end of the primary episode, we were somehow sold on this idea. Abundantly it has to do with the performance of Welch, who plays Heather as somebody who is assured in her plan to break the cycle of poverty and abusive nature in her family and has nothing to lose once that evaporates.


There’s such a model of distrust that runs through the character of Panic as a force that it flows into the show itself. Past an explicit purpose, it’s virtually not possible to require everything at face price, so the show’s 10 episodes became a scheme to examine what’s left once the conspiratorial dust settles That spells specific doom for the assorted “Panic” tries at romance. Would-be flings and tenuous love triangles flit by, principally as means that to feature wrinkles into however these contests unfold. A part of the show’s implicit argument for the continued existence of Panic is that Carp doesn’t provide much else to try and do as the academic year winds down. The same appears to be true for making out with somebody every once in a while.


When it involves the Panic challenges themselves, the series delivers, walking a proverbial (and generally, literal) rope between reality and absurdity. whereas it feels wrong to classify the series within the world of horror, there are some genuinely torturous moments, with huge set items or episode ideas that are precarious in effective ways. As the series goes along, some characters virtually unfold sort of a conspiracy heroic tale, with lingering queries that might simply fuel multiple extra seasons if the series gets revived.  However at the guts of it, as every Panic participant plunges off of a drop-off or faces their biggest concern, the thought of what the challenges represent — the risky and terrific components of growing up, particularly in a very system that isn’t designed to support its tykes — solely grows additional apparent.


Panic appreciates that being young means that your head is probably going to be stuffed with toxicity and remaining hope; from first loves, dysfunctional homes, and strayed best friends become the core build-up to your temperament and identity. Being Young means first betrayals, losing virginities, and looking out at your parent’s eyes for the primary time, knowing who they truly are. Again, credit may be attached to the writing for actually articulating these problems properly. Whereas some plots conflict and confuse, I imagine a series like Panic can resonate with young people and permit them to connect to their favorite character.


Final Score – [7/10]
Reviewed by – Ritika Kispotta
Follow her @KispottaRitika on Twitter (https://twitter.com/KispottaRitika)

 

 

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