The Stranger (Season 1) is worth watching if:
- You want a complete story told over one season.
- You like gimmicky stories and twists.
- You love British accents.
The Stranger (Season 1) is not worth watching if:
- You want a great story.
- You want great characters.
- You expect more episodes.
- The acting is pretty good.
- Low investment needed at just eight episodes averaging 45 minutes.
- It keeps you curious to see how things play out.
- Characters aren’t that interesting.
- Most ‘twists’ in the plot feel forced.
- Doesn’t leave you satisfied.
score: 65% CHILLIN
One sentence story summary: 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.
While it’s listed on Netflix as The Stranger Season 1, this Netflix Original show out of Britain has really been made to be a miniseries. Its events are based entirely on the 2015 novel of the same name, and it’s fair to assume that these eight episodes are all that The Stranger will ever be. (but you never know)
At the end of episode 1, The Stranger gives you the impression that it’ll be a fun gimmicky story, of mediocre quality, with everything revolving around this mysterious persona of The Stranger.
In a lot of ways that is what you get.
Curiously enough, however, the gimmicks and twists the story relies on end up being revealed to be kind of lame the further you go, while all the lame characters we thought we’d hate manage to make themselves more likeable, largely thanks to solid acting from the cast.
Sometimes the story intrigues you with where it goes with its plot, but rarely does it leave you feeling satisfied. The more things get revealed, and the show overtakes whatever you thought might be going on in your imagination, the less interesting things get.
Still, the solid acting from this lineup of Brits, along with some devilish cliffhangers, make this a surprisingly watchable eight episodes; if that’s the quality bar you’re choosing to set.
The Stranger Season 1 satisfies in that its story doesn’t leave any loose ends, but it’s that same story that ultimately proves unsatisfying.
We’ll let you decide whether or not you want to be strangers with The Stranger.