Insatiable Season One Review: More Than Disappointing

Elodie Cure Elodie Cure
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September 1st, 2018

French aspiring writer and interviewer. TV shows and films connoisseur. Overpowered by curiosity.

Review of: Insatiable
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On September 1, 2018
Last modified:September 1, 2018

Summary:

Insatiable looks more like an unfinished draft that results in a nonsense comedy, extremely superficial and indigestible than an engaged TV Show about obesity.

Review of: Insatiable
Price:
Disappointed

Reviewed by:
Rating:

2
On September 1, 2018
Last modified:September 1, 2018

Summary:

Insatiable looks more like an unfinished draft that results in a nonsense comedy, extremely superficial and indigestible than an engaged TV Show about obesity.

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Decidedly, the Netflix platform keeps bringing new scandals with its teen dramas. Last year, 13 Reasons Why (Dylan, Minette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro) attracted the wrath of part of the public and press by approaching the delicate subject of suicide and rape in its first season. In 2018 it’s Insatiable’s turn to carry on the polemic with its eight episodes. Accused of fat shaming and homophobia since the release of its first trailer, Lauren Gussis’ project, who previously worked on series like Dexter and Once Upon a Time, was well-intentioned…

Insatiable focuses on the feelings and actions of a former obese college girl, interpreted by Debby Ryan, (Sing It !, Rip Tide) who lost over 60 pounds as a result of a strict diet. Her life then takes another course, and she decides to participate in beauty pageants under the supervision of a disgraced lawyer, Bob Armstrong (Dallas Roberts) converted into a coach for Misses. He ignores all of the heartless monsters with vengeful motivations that he’s about to unleash…

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In this patently absurd and overplayed series, the producer Lauren Gussis, while taking inspiration from her own story, does her best to tackle about critical social subjects such as superficiality, body shaming, weight loss and the identity crisis that follows it. While it seemed a promising idea on paper, everything goes wrong on screen.

Based on a litany of clichés that never get transcended, Insatiable trips over the carpet since its pilot, a silly and little engaging episode carried by heroin, let’s say it straight, who is despicable. The main character’s life, formerly nicknamed Fatty Patty because of her overweight problem, really only begins when she gets a narrow waist, which impacts from the start the first assumption and central piece of advertisement of the show. Can it just be a bad start? Unfortunately, no, as it doesn’t get any better throughout the following episodes. In her self-centred delirium and burlesque adventures, Patty’s point of view remains fuzzy and clumsy, which only increases the feeling of a hard and poor teaching project. The only thing that appears, it’s this unhealthy need for vengeance that corrupts the show and makes it quickly lose any interest.

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However, we’ll underline that the only positive aspect of this soap opera is Bob Armstrong, a loony lawyer struggling with a strong self-reassessment. But it’s still too light for to the project initially announced.

In short, despite some elegant ripostes and a few hilarious situations, Insatiable messes up masterfully and misses out the podium. If the basic idea was to denounce the toxicity of draconian diets and the society encouraging the size-zero, the final result is a disaster. The message that gets out is inconsistent to the point where you think that this dark comedy didn’t want to choose a side after all. This drama conveys the wrong messages by staying focus on trash and selfish girl before drowning itself in a total exaggeration full of nonsense. The clumsiness gets so awkward that it makes the audience feels uncomfortable for the actors who nonetheless play their roles correctly.

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The phenomenon shows, that could have opened an exciting reflection on obesity and what comes with it, looks more like an unfinished draft that results in a nonsense comedy, extraordinarily superficial and indigestible.

Teenagers deserve much better. We can only hope that a second season will not be released.

Elodie Cure is an Expert Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow her on Twitter @Elodie_Cure and Youtube @DestinationPopCulture.

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Insatiable looks more like an unfinished draft that results in a nonsense comedy, extremely superficial and indigestible than an engaged TV Show about obesity.

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