The Origin: Madam Koi Koi is about a young girl Amanda and the things going around in her new school. She with her mother are new to the town of Malomo. The story is set in 1991 and it does take us twenty years back at times.
There is a group of four intelligent boys who are told to be the sole reason why the school is operating in the first place. The group consists of Lashe, ID, Kay-D, and Tokunbo. Many girls wanted their attention because of their status and the special treatment. Ibukun was one of such girls and just like the others, her fate was sealed. She was gang raped by them and this wasn’t the gang’s first time. Whenever any girl came close to them, she was treated the same way.
A devious thing is going on in the forest surrounding the school and it may soon cross the school’s boundaries. A monster has become reactive and is killing people. The makers of The Origin: Madam Koi Koi are seen trying their hands at something different and unique. The first episode is 100 minutes long and after watching this one, I feel if the same plot was used for a short film with an open ending, it would have done wonders. Although, we know by the ending of the first episode that the second one is going to be about the origins of how those attacks begin.
It was very eerie how every time Amanda woke up the monster lurking in the shadows went for a hunt. She also has a nightmare about the monster walking in her dorm. I think that Amanda is somehow linked to these incidents.
What is frustrating about the series is the undue advantage the group of four intelligent boys is getting. Mother Superior, despite the serious allegations of rape, isn’t doing anything. She also has a missing boy from her school. Understandably, she is desperately trying to save the school still, it is herself that she is protecting. Portraying the fake image of an academically excellent school might be very hard, keeping in mind that she’s hiding a rape and a dead person.
Baba and Sister Ruth are my last hope as they know something that Mother Superior is in denial of. When it was first introduced that Sister Ruth doesn’t speak, my interest in her character peaked. A person considering the scenarios she is surrounded by isn’t speaking because they have witnessed the evil firsthand. The series keeps you hooked on the screen. Even if you miss some scenes, you’ll be tempted to rewind.
Initially, The Origin: Madam Koi Koi felt like a collection of copied scenes from various Hollywood movies and series. A young girl moving into a new school and town with her mother, as soon as she arrives strange things start happening, and how she wakes up on the nights of hunts with nightmares are too cliche to begin with. Once you indulge in the series, things keep moving with the flow. In my opinion, The Origin: Madam Koi Koi is a good watch.
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