What happens when you abandon a whole town full of teenagers to do what they want without consequence? The Society is a 10-part series, written by Chris Keyser and directed by Marc Webb, that seeks to explore that question. And based on the teaser trailer: a lot of bad stuff happens. Set to “bury a friend” by Billie Eilish, the teaser shows us Allie, played by Kathryn Newman (Big Little Lies, Supernatural) as she fails to contact her mom and is leaving a voicemail. Her call is intercut with scenes of the town youth getting up to all sorts of trouble, from partying and looting stores to brandishing guns and burying bodies.
Here’s the official description for the series:
The Society follows a group of teenagers who are mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their wealthy New England town, left 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.
Sound familiar? The Society is described as “a modern take on Lord of the Flies“, a re-imagining of the classic as a teen series. What’s grabbed my attention is that, instead of being stranded on an island by a freak accident or abandoned at home. The teenagers in The Society have apparently been relocated to a custom-built town that is an exact replica of their own, except the roads leading out of town are dead ends surrounded by wilderness. “Please come find us” pleads Allie in the teaser, but this pre-built setting makes us wonder who is complicit in leaving these teenagers to their own devices, and to what ends.
The full first season of The Society hits Netflix on May 10th. Who else is ready to binge?