The Society doesn’t make any sense…

The Society doesn’t make any sense…


You know, I’ve always been kind of a sucker for, like, Lord of the Flies esque shows or movies. I mean we got Lost, The Maze Runner series, The 100, even, like, The Walking Dead to a certain extent and now, Netflix’s is new show, The Society. When I first heard about The Society, I was like: Kids stuck in a Twilight Zone version of their hometown? Check. Lord of the Flies in a modern-day real world setting? Check. A bunch of 23 year olds LARPing as
angsty high school teenagers? Sign me up, I’m ready for it! But after watching the whole season,
I got a couple thoughts. So let’s take a walk. The show starts out by giving us a little introduction to some of our main characters. We have Cassandra, the student body president. We also have Will, the poor kid with a heart of gold. Harry, the rich pretty boy who
always gets what he wants Kelly, a girl with… not much personality at all Allie, Cassandra sister who’s just kind of a brat. And there’s a few others, but we’ll talk about them later. So one little piece of the puzzle we get right at the beginning of the show is that there’s some kind of weird smell around the town that’s supposed to have been gotten rid of,
but now it’s back. “…is that?” “Yeah”
“…yeah” But you know, I feel like if there was ever a place where you’d expect a bunch of weird smells the back of a high school is probably somewhere near the top of the list. A couple days after this, every high school kid, 16 and up, is supposed to go on some kind of, like, school camping trip or whatever. But, wouldn’t you know? There’s a big storm that night and the buses have to turn around and take everyone back home. And that’s when we find out that something isn’t right. Bus Driver: “Change of plans. Rock slide, the road is closed, you’re back home.” *bus door squeakes open* “My mom’s phone, it just keeps ringing.” *outgoing call ringing* Now what we come to discover is everyone else in the entire town is gone and on top of THAT the internet doesn’t work, their Phones don’t work except to
text and call each other, AND when they try to escape it turns out that all the roads are completely covered up with trees and bushes and that kind of stuff. So basically, they’re stuck in their hometown with no adults, no other people, and no way out So far so good, right? Well, Here’s my first big gripe with the show. First episode, everyone in town disappears
except for a group of teenagers who have to find a way to survive
and figure out what happened. Kind of like Lost but, like, with teens. Now, I don’t know about you, but so far this sounds like a pretty awesome show, right? A Y/A version of Lost? I mean, it basically sells itself. In the first episode or two, we start getting a few puzzle pieces about what might have happened. Someone finds some documents about how the mayor offered to pay someone to get rid of the smell But then decided not to pay that person. So maybe this is all some kind of like revenge plot or something, right? And then, over the next nine episodes, Nothing fricken’ happens!
*echoey voice* I mean, okay a lot of things happen. Like Cassandra makes a bunch of rules and tries to be in charge of the town. But then she gets shot and killed by someone. *ghost noise* And her sister Allie has to take her place,
and it’s, like, a whole thing. But the entire premise of the show, the whole point that we were sold on, just disappears. Like, no one cares about figuring
out the mystery or anything. And the show does this to a comical degree. Much later in the show, all the kids decide to have a big Thanksgiving dinner together. And right before that, just out of nowhere, we get this little piece of information: Gordie: “There have been two hypotheses on the table;” “This is Earth and everything else is gone,” “or… we’re someplace else.” “If you look closer, you’ll notice that there are no, moving objects between us and the moon,” “Which means somehow all of our satellites
have disappeared.” “I think it means that this Earth isn’t our own.” “It’s like a parallel universe.” Oh boy, you couldn’t have picked any other
time to tell us, huh? “Uh, hey guys, so it turns out” “We were all transported to an alternate dimension” “where we might be the only people in the entire world” “and we have no idea how he got here
or how to get back.” “All right guys, who’s ready for some turkey?” The vast majority of the show is focused on how teenagers form a society. Haha, get it? With all the rich kids on the same level as everyone else. And the show goes into these socio-economic differences that are always present in any school. But now, you know, they’re magnified by like a thousand times Harry: “Maybe, in the beginning, we needed to give up…” “…all of our freedom…” “…our possessions…” “…our identities…” “…All for the greater good. I say it’s time to give back” “what’s rightfully yours.” *cheering* “Control over your property, control over your own lives.” And that, in it of itself, is great! But, like, if that’s all the show is going to be about Then they didn’t need to have this alternate-dimension plot thing in the first place. Like, for example, right? They could have just had the kids be sent to a summer camp for a month or two. But it’s in the middle of some huge forest somewhere and there’s no adults for some reason,
their phones don’t work. So they have to come together and share everything and find food and work together. You know, I really just could have
been, like, Lord of the Flies. But when you sell the show to us, like: “WoOoOoh, mystery dimensions” You gotta follow up on that promise. I mean, there’s only so much teen angst we can all take it one time, you know what I mean? “What?” “I know what you want.” “So what? That’s what I want,
since the day I moved here.” “What’s so special about me?” *barf noise* Oh boy, here we go. “Don’t hate me, I-” “Don’t want to wear something that we couldn’t have afforded in the real world.” “That’s why…” “This isn’t your ring.” “Yours…” “Is the one near my heart.” *more barf noises* Make it stop, make it stop. This brings me to another thing about the show that I thought was kind of weird. The characters are supposed to be teenagers, right? And at the beginning, they are different
levels of believability, with some kids being more mature than others. But, like, besides all the cheesy, angsty,
romance stuff or whatever, like, no one acts like a teenager. It’s like almost no one has any hobbies or interests or life outside of saying their lines on screen. No one has a sense of humor. Like, really?
Not one funny kid in the whole school? Somehow there are no cliques or groups,
and everyone’s just friends. and most of the relationships just feel so artificial and, like, unearned. This is something we’re copying Lost, for example, could have helped the show I think. Like, if every episode we just got a short little flashback of certain characters and what their relationship was before, and then we compare and contrast that to how they are now, I feel like it could have added a lot of
extra depth to the characters, and a lot more weight to what happens between them. Instead, we just get little pieces like this: “I guess it’s weird that we never really knew each other in high school.” “Yeah, not really.” “The only thing that I do remember is in the
hallway of junior year” “I heard you call me a thot.” To me almost everyone feels, like, very one-dimensional. Like what you see is what you get for pretty much the entire show Take Campbell for example, Allie
and Cassandra’s cousin. Now, he looks kind of like the school dirtbag
or whatever, right? Now we get this scene with his brother Sam,
who’s Deaf and gay, just FYI. And he tells us something about Campbell. Becca interpreting: “Campbell is not a normal
version of anything.” “They had him tested.” “He’s a psychopath” Now, this is pretty early in the show. So I was thinking like, ‘okay, so maybe Campbell was a real piece of garbage back in the old world…’ ‘But now with all the social rules and pressures and all that stuff gone away…’ ‘He’s gonna have some kind of, like, redemption arc or something, right?’ Nope
*echoey voice* We’re told Campbell is a psychopath, and throughout the show, he is a psychopath. So, like, right at the beginning they tell us that he’s gonna be, like, the bad guy. And then he turns out to be exactly that. “There’s not gonna be an election.” “Yeah, right.” “I’m serious, we’re not gonna ask for power.” “We’re gonna take it.” “What do you mean, like by force?” Huh, well gee whiz. Who could have seen that coming? But it’s not just Campbell, okay. In this show every guy is just the worst. We have Campbell, the literal psychopath. Harry, the entitled douchebag whose entire motivation is, “I don’t want to share my toys.” The football players, who never really say much more than, “Uhahaha.” or Will, who just kind of cries all the time. The Society is about a lot of things but the real
message of the show is, Don’t have a boyfriend
*echoey voice* But really though, there are a lot of good ideas and a lot of potential with The Society. But I was kind of baffled by some of
the choices they made. Like at the very end we get this little stinger where Allie’s mom is back in their old dimension I guess reading Peter Pan to some very young kids. “When Mrs. Darling went back to the night nursery…” “All the beds were occupied, but she did not believe they were there…” “You see, she saw them in their beds so often
in her dreams…” “That she thought this was just the dream.” Now I guess this is supposed to be some kind of like “BWAAAH” moment or something. And they want us to wonder if the teenagers are really in a different dimension, or maybe they’re all dead. But like if the big reveal is that they were all
dead the whole time, then what’s the point of anything in the show? But yeah, so the season ends and we get no answers or hints or anything about what’s really going on. There’s just a whole bunch of political infighting and then the show’s over. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely gonna watch season two whenever it comes out. Because, like I said, I think there’s a lot of good ideas here, but we’ll see how it goes. You know going back to Campbell for a second, the thing that really bothered me about
him as a character… Or maybe not him as a character, but the way that he was portrayed in the show Is like, so at the very beginning of the show in the church, he’s talking to his brother Sam, right? And we get this kind of look at who he is, right? He says “Don’t come home tonight.
Ever since you were born…” “I never got a day to myself, but that’s all different now.” So immediately we kind of get this little bit of information about who he is and his upbringing, right? Like, he feels that he was neglected. He feels that it was unfair to him because
his brother has a disability, So his family had to focus on the little brother
instead of Campbell. Like I get it, you know. It’s a little bit cliche, but, like, I get it. That’s something you can sympathize with and be like: Okay. Obviously, you know, his actions are not good, but you understand why he chooses to do them. But then, a couple episodes after that, right? They just tell you like, ‘Oh, no, he’s literally crazy.’ So it’s like all the sympathy and the understanding of why he does what he does, like, all that’s just gone. Because it’s like, Okay, so the whole neglected as a child thing like all this has nothing to do with anything He was just born with an illness,
therefore he is the bad guy. It’s such a weird choice, especially for a show like this, That’s very, like, socially aware and has a lot of like social issue… Commentary type thing. And then to have like the bad guy be bad because of… You know what I mean? I don’t know. I just- I felt like it didn’t really match with the show they were trying to make in the first place. I felt so weird just to be like: “Oh, he’s the bad guy cuz he was born that way, the end.” I don’t know, it seemed weird to me,
it was a weird choice The show has a lot of weird choices that don’t seem to make a whole lot of sense, but I don’t know. It’s not my show. Anyway, thank you so much for watching. Don’t forget to subscribe. Don’t forget to ring that bell. Please ring it, because, you know. YouTube’s algorithm being what it is, you know. Some people don’t see the videos they want to see. So, if you want to watch all my videos,
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100 thoughts on “The Society doesn’t make any sense…

  1. I was so curious about the way how they got there

    Yeah it's nice to see a bunch of kids trying to do better than we did in this Earth but come on I NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE SMELL MEANS

    And who killed Cassandra?????

    Reeeeeeally hope they don't extend those questions to season 3 or whatever

  2. I know this is kinda the point of his channel. But does he actually hate every show in existence or is this all just for content

  3. eh, kinda disagree with this one. It was a pretty interesting show and had quite alot of characters which had their own stories. I do agree with the point that Cambell should have been somewhat more then just the villian. And I definitly would love to see their flashbacks in season 2.

  4. am i the only one who can't remember the character's names? i mean okay, i remember campbell and grizz, but for me the others are like: bushy brow, baby face, presidente, meredith grey 2.0, indian guy with a dog name, etc.

  5. Should be called “The Socialism”, because we all know it worked in Cuba, South Korea, China, and Vietnam……

  6. I remember the first 4 days it came out I came back from school on may 14 and the best thing and saddest thing was I saw my cous for the last time 2006-2019 rip brother may 19 I won’t ever forget

  7. Do u know what sucks about the show they all have really bland personality’s and I only really like Elle and cambel no I don’t ship them just their the only entertains characters to watch

  8. They should have done the Gone series instead much better. They literally took the Gone series's premise and everything then took everything great about it out.

  9. i personaly think that this is one of the best series on netflix. ally just kinda ruined the show for me, i just couldn’t stand her.

  10. The ending doesn’t make sense they just like stopped the story and ended it and said omg season 2 is coming

  11. As a Psychopath you can't really have a redemption arc because what makes you a psychopath is in a way physical not mental. To be more exact, the Amygdala isn't working as it should so their brains work differently. It's the same as you not being able to magic away down syndrome because the character has now become more independent

  12. What if its like Wayward Pines,they get abducted and frozen and then placed in a town you can't get out of.And they realize it has been many years later when they wake up.

  13. Bruh, I would have loved lord of the flies if I wasn’t forced to read it and do chapter questions for grade 9 English

  14. The dog. He can run back back and forth so aren’t actually that far. The dog has been trying to get someone’s attention. To lead them home/ lead the mother to them

  15. Whats funny is this reminds me of the spartical project, only that show was pretty good, I'm still kinda upset that it got cancelled

  16. Alex, you aren’t born to be a psychopath, so your critic of Campbell (at the end) isn’t good. Usually, psychopathy is a mental trouble that you develop, often if you had a really terrible childhood (being awfully neglected, child abuse, violence, etc). So if he was really neglected like A LOT and it’s not just his narcissism talking (cause he’s a psychopath, let’s not forget that) then it could make sense in some way.

  17. The show is honestly actually good…and like it’s called “the society” cause it focuses more on how hard it is to build a functioning society and that also with teens without rules…surprisingly it had deep messages in it tho…the mystery part is just extra fun for the series to explore

  18. Isn't the whole way the show starts just a copy of hamlin pied piper.

    The weird smell=the rats

    The mayor gets someone to get rid of it but doesn't pay=the town's people don't pay the pied popper

    The bus driver=pied pipper because he ends up taking the teens into the weird dimension like the pied pipper

    All the teens disappear= the kids get led away

    Or am I just trippin

  19. I can’t be the only one who read this as, “Society doesn’t make any sense” and I just nodded along in agreement.

  20. Ok I have a few questions. Why the fuck is there so many sex and kissing scenes? If I wanna watch porn, I'll watch porn. I thought I was watching the society and not sex education?

  21. Nah where are the chaperones like they are technically still minors they should have been accompanied by some sort of adult

  22. Do you even like any movie/series? Your whole channel is just videos where you hate on some movies or tv shows no offense btw

  23. People under the age of 18 cannot be diagnosed as a psycho, there are signs that people under the age of 18 are going to be psychotic but they cant be psycho’s when they’re not above 18. If he’s 18 then sure, cool. But if he’s not thats not…possible?

  24. Everyone is this show (except for the good people) made me so fucking mad. They're all fucking stupid. Harry, Campbell, Lexie, and the guard make me want to fucking die. Like shit man

  25. I don’t think Alex gets the point of the show. What i thought when i was watchin was that it was all about the kids and how they were gonna establish a system to stay alive and stuff. They drop hints on how they got there but it isn’t the point of the show

  26. Have you seen the show called Revolution?? It's similar to The Society but much better, please do a video covering it!!

  27. I actually think I like the show because they don't focus too much on the "mystery" on how they got into the parallel universe but instead they focus on the relationships they have…

  28. My theory is this may be some twisted science expierement, kind of like the movie "The Belko Expierement". The bus drivers disappeared and for some reason didn't go with them. Maybe they took them there on purpose and told nobody else so everyone thinks they're dead? Maybe a group of twisted scientists kidnapped them for a "field trip" and intentionally dropped them off here. That would mean the bus drivers and maybe the principal was a part of this!

  29. I usually watch any show, no matter if they’re good or bad. But I’m sorry man “The Society” is fucking unwatchable. I stopped at episode 7 bro, I just can’t continue

  30. alex: campbell is crazy because his parents focused on his little brother more than him

    me having had a disability when i was young so my parents had to focus on me more than my older sister

    also me: …

  31. yeah I didn't like it too much….was disappointed with the lack of story and the "cringey-ness" best episodes is the 1st and last…. 4:47 hahahahah too funny

  32. For almost a year now that fucking Campbell everytime he eats he eats with his mouth open and talking the dudes just been tested as a sociopath his brother explains it , he talked about himself he scares the fuck out of Ell I just want to know how did he get to have his own house, and not have to have to live around others I understand couples get to have there own rooms right? Or are they allowed there own house ? Or do they just let him keep his own place because they don't want to deal with his shit ?

  33. I thought this was a series about the horror movie The Society.

    Aaaaaand I thought this was what I thought the series would have been. If you had really creative British writers working on this show you would have had more interesting interactions between the different cliques of teenagers. You would probably have someone thinking to meet with the kids who are into magick and they would first go meet the goths and the goths would say they were into magick but they weren't experts like the bland girl with glasses who secretly grows a garden with herbs who is very philosophical. What a waste of potential.

  34. You forgot to mention the dog in the show who apparently travel between the world's if you pay attention to the end you would see

  35. TOTAAALLYYYY AGREE WITH THIS! they were giving us less scene of what actually was happening, yeah flashback scene would be essential to like strengthen and deepen the characters, so that we will feel more atttach to them and actually feels the character, yeaH

  36. I am now interested in the show, but not in watching it
    I just want to see him cover the second season so I know what's up

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