The TV Series Review Vol. 4 No. 2: Secrets and Lies in “The Stranger”

There’s a stranger who abhors secrets. And she’s bent on spilling it all out.

The stranger appears to Adam Price one day to tell him about his wife’s secret: a faked pregnancy. Then his wife disappeared. To be able to find her, Adam must wade through the secrets and lies of people around him. But first, he must confront the stranger, whose appearance on his life changes everything.

At first, it’s just your basic problem: a stranger appears out of nowhere to reveal a secret to the main character Adam Price (Richard Armitage). His wife Corinne (Dervla Kirwan) faked her last pregnancy, which she had claimed she had miscarried. Then Corinne disappeared and the series takes off with the search for his wife. But there’s a catch. The writers of this series throw too many subplots along the way: a naked boy in the woods, headless alpaca left on a street corner, a body found in a demolished apartment. It goes on.

It feels random at first but the audience will soon find out that those actions are interconnected. The twists and turns will keep you sitting on your couch, pressing the next episode. Honestly, the naked boy, the headless alpaca and the other crazy scenes will just throw you, the audience investigating the wife’s case, off the scent. It just drags down the whole story with you asking, what’s the point? Nothing else, other than making your heart palpitate enough to be hooked for the next episode.

But I’m happy to report that the ending (no spoilers, don’t worry) cleans up all the mess and like a puzzle, solves itself with just a few loose ends (for the next season, I presume). It is also time for me to say here that Jacob Dudman’s performance as Thomas Price, son of Adam Price, is superb and well, yes I’m now a fan.

Geek Rate

ares-512Mortal Worthy (3 out of 5 stars). It might not stand out among the many titles in its genre, but “The Stranger” is a really good Netflix series to watch if you’re looking for a relaxing day of just sitting on the couch and eating fried stuff. I said that there are unnecessary subplots here but watching the secrets unfold is a fun ride. Looking forward to Season 2.


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