Trailer for Netflix's 'The Society' reveals hunger for power is the real antagonist of the supernatural thriller
Netflix's 'The Society' is a modern take on William Golding's 'The Lord of the Flies' -- a chilling game of power at play
The trailer for Netflix's 'The Society' released Monday gives us an insight into the supernatural thriller that follows a group of teenagers who are mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their wealthy New England town without any trace of their parents.
As they struggle to figure out what has happened to them and how to get home, they must establish order and form alliances if they want to survive. The series is a modern take on 'Lord of the Flies'."
It is a good time for Netflix in the YA genre. From 'Stranger Things', '13 Reasons Why', 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina', 'Riverdale' and 'On My Block', the online streaming platform has seen success with their young adult shows.
Based on the 1954 dystopian novel 'Lord of the Flies', 'The Society' looks like an amalgamation of 'The 100' and other teen dramas as well. Created by showrunner Chris Keyser (Party of Five) and executive produced by Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man), who also directed episodes, the trailer shows the series is a story about class warfare, justice, the bigger discussion of what makes society fair and finally, power.
The show stars Kathryn Newton, from 'Big Little Lies' and Rachel Keller (known for 'Legion') as sisters Allie and Cassandra, respectively. The show boasts a cast of young women - Gideon Adlon, Kristine Froseth, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Salena Qureshi, and Grace Victoria Cox. Going by the trailer, it looks like the young females in the cast will take the lead when it comes to establishing the titular hierarchy.
The first trailer introduces us to the supernatural setup as Newton's Allie reaches out to her mother over the phone for help - only to be met with an empty silence from the other end. According to Allie, it's only been nine days since the young kids found themselves alone without adult supervision.
We also see the privileged kids grapple with power struggles, violence and death, but not before taking full and undue advantage of the adult-free world. Well, for only nine days, it looks like things got real bad real quick.
But even as we see Keller's Cassandra take charge, deciding it is her duty to lead, with her sister Allie by her side, not everyone is thrilled with Cassandra's self-proclamation of being "queen". This puts her - and literally every soul living in the new society - in grave peril. In her words, “Everything that kept us safe, is gone.”
'The Society' may be made with and for young adults, but its story is one that speaks across age groups. It talks of power, corruption, greed, hunger and how an amalgamation of all of this leads the kids deeper into lawlessness and closer to danger. “Do you want chaos?” asks Cassandra in the trailer. And that is what is coming in 'The Society'.
The series hits Netflix May 10 and also stars Alex Fitzalan, Jacques Colimon, Sean Berdy, Toby Wallace, Olivia DeJonge, Alex MacNicoll, Jose Julian and Jack Mulhern.