Move on from 'Sabrina' and 'Riverdale' as Netflix’s ‘Mortel' could revolutionize teenage supernatural genre for good
To be honest, melodrama is overrated and it forcefully indulges into unnecessary plotlines. If this continues, and an upcoming show like ‘Mortel’ will have a fate like 'Riverdale'.
Don't we all just live for entertainment? Joining the league will be ‘Mortel’, a French supernatural TV show which will hit the screens on November 21. We have all seen the overuse of the same old plotlines that go about dealing with the same old concept of obsessive werewolves and charming vampires.
Streaming giant Netflix has a truckload of shows available for everyone to watch—be it, ghosts that love your house, teenage witches, regular humans of Riverdale or even science fiction monsters. Somehow, they all end up running on similar plotlines and then they resort to having crossovers.
It is now time that we explore other supernatural elements, in this case, voodoo magic! ‘Mortel’, being an international supernatural television show with a blend of sci-fi, a relatively new-ish concept, which will be explored through this show. To be honest, melodrama is overrated and it forcefully indulges into unnecessary plotlines. If this continues, an upcoming show like ‘Mortel’ will have a fate like 'Riverdale'.
‘Mortel’ translates to deadly, which can be interpreted in several ways. In this case, it could mean any supernatural power that has the potential to destroy everything. The story is based on seeking revenge for the murder, but it also shows the other side of using power (here voodoo).
Season 1 of ‘Mortel’ wraps up quickly and it just has about six episodes not longer than 40 minutes. Imagine an entire narrative craftily fit into just six episodes in season one! This season typically focuses on exploring the power of voodoo magic and gives the viewer a whole new perspective about the supernatural genre.
From the trailer of this show, one thing can be understood that the plot is consistent and unlike what Riverdale did with the Gargoyle King. Another interesting thing about the show is that it was translated from French. Not lost in translation, the essence of the supernatural elements and dialogues are still contained. The trailer of the show is captivating enough for you to not focus on the subtitles as there was continuity within the screenplay itself.
Coming to the jump scares, it looks like ‘Sabrina’ has a tough competition with 'Mortel’ in terms of an intriguing storyline and supernatural elements. Sabrina captures the horrors with a strong visual representation of evil things, but ‘Mortel’ is not far behind either. Riverdale, on the other hand, has taken a back seat along with A-listers, for its semi-ridiculous version of a pile of sticks for a ‘Gargoyle King’. After having the most comical “jump scares”, it ended up derailing from the main plot.
With ‘Mortel’ being so promising from the trailer itself one can expect it to do well. Maybe one day it will join the bigger league of foreign dramas that have done extremely well on Netflix alongside ‘Money Heist’, ‘Cable Girls’ and ‘Sacred Games’.