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The Stranger | Netflix Review

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There’s a new show in town and it is strange (pun intended). The Stranger is the new Netflix talk of the town TV show. The show is based on the novel by Harlan Coben and is somewhat a pretty good adaptation. Starring the Hobbit star, Richard Armitage, the show is probably worth your while as it is not as long. The show has a 7.5 out of 10 IMDb rating, which, is good enough considering that it is a mystery, thriller show.

Netflix is focusing its attention on its own productions now. Their contracts with shows already made are limited and this makes their popularity decrease. Coping with that, there has been a significant increase in Netflix Originals in the last year. Well, at the start of 2020 alone, there are many new Netflix shows coming out every month!

The synopsis of the show goes;

When a stranger makes a shocking claim about his wife, family man Adam Price becomes entangled in a mystery as he desperately searches for answers.

Well, the synopsis is pretty interesting. But, after watching the 8 episodes, here’s why we think that The Stranger may be a little too strange for itself.

P.S We’re skipping out the important details as we do not want to spoil the show entirely for the prospective viewers.

A Review of Netflix’s 2020 show, The Stranger

Whenever I have approached people asking them whether they have watched The Stranger, the most common response I’ve gotten is ‘Oh you mean Stranger Things?’ So, clearly, the show isn’t extremely popular yet.

The show’s first episode is pretty good. I mean, the dead alpaca head, the naked kid and the rave and the stranger (Hannah John-Kamen) with a secret for Adam Price (Richard Armitage). The first episode really reels you in. My first thought after the events in the first episode was – what if there’s some depiction of cannibalism or something here? Especially with Brandon Fellow’s character, Mike Tripp. Anyway, that part of the plot was an immediate bummer as Tripp is just a kid who’s drugged by Daisy Hoy (Ella-Rae Smith) in a revenge scheme. Nearing the end of the plot, these kids and this event becomes as irrelevant as possible. It is just so unbothered with. The leaked nudes, the alpaca and Dante, all remain an unsolved mystery.

Even the plot about The Stranger in itself becomes too uninteresting as soon it becomes the same old lost family story. One point that really did have us holding our breath was when Martin Killane (Stephan Rae)’s house is demolished and a great secret is revealed. As for what happened to Corinne Price? We were again a little disappointed yet shocked at the same time. Too many emotions running through us.

A special shout out to Siobhan Finneran for her remarkable performance as DS Johanna Griffin, though. Her acting is one thing to look forward to in the show.

The show is not long so, if you’re looking to pass some time, it’s a pretty good time killer. However, Netflix failed to impress us yet again with its production. Too many plotholes to be fixed, Harlan!

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