Review: Between

04 Dec

I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix originals lately. They are usually great shows with interesting plots, great writing, some fantastic directing, etc. Daredevil and Jessica Jones are fantastic. Hide of Cards is captivating. Etc.

So tonight I sat down to do some Christmas decorating and thought I’d try “Between”. The premise seemed interesting. An unknown disease kills off everyone in a small town over the age of 22 leaving the children and young adults to fend for themselves. The government swoops in with promises of a cure and quarantines them.

Add in some tensions between some of the high school boys, a couple of love triangles, and a couple of mysteries and you have yourself a TV show, right?

Well, no. Not a good one at least.

I’m kind of sad because it has some interesting story elements, but the writing for this show just goes flat. The characters aren’t believable, and half the things going on are just contrived. In the six episodes there are a handful of interesting moments, but often the bad plot line or mediocre acting gets in the way.

I could have lived with mediocre acting. But the story and unconvincing character lines just couldn’t make up for it. In the end I have to say: don’t watch it. Go watch Jessica Jones instead.

Want an example? One of the main guys is a “rich boy” that almost kills someone by speeding past them, then gets out of trouble because money. Then when his parents die he suddenly wants to take charge, and he gets ahold of a bunch of guns to do it.

Then there is the sisters, one a teen pregnant and about to give her child up for adoption. The other a ministers daughter to the core constantly going on about her sister needing to repent.

Most of the characters are stereotypes. It’s incredibly lazy writing. And I kind of wonder if the director didn’t take half a vacation while this was being edited. It’s that bad.


Posted by on December 4, 2015 in Review


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5 responses to “Review: Between

  1. Simon

    December 4, 2015 at 3:02 am

    Totally agree. I gave up after two episodes due to the writing. It was like someone had copy-pasted the script elements from a hundred other series.

    • CrissyMoss

      December 6, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      I kept watching just because I wanted to know what happened. Thankfully the entire plot, what happened, and who’s fault it is is summed up in 6 episodes. It’s almost like someone realized it wasn’t that good and wanted a conclusion at the end of the first season… just in case there wasn’t another.

  2. Dave Higgins

    December 4, 2015 at 3:12 am

    Maybe most of the crew were over 22, so all the directing and post-production were done by the only interns not to die in the plague?

    • Simon

      December 4, 2015 at 3:35 am

      😀 That made me chuckle

    • CrissyMoss

      December 6, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      LOL, seems like it!


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