I don’t know how to honestly answer that question. Half of me would scream yes because it does captivate you and leave you clutching the remote to click ‘next episode’… but the other half of me was massively disappointed. It was advertised on Netflix as a limited series and I’m a sucker for these as I like everything to be summed up in a few episodes, I don’t believe that it ended that way. In all fairness, I didn’t have any prior knowledge of what to expect with this series at all so there were aspect’s of it that truly shocked me.
*SPOILER ALERTS THROUGHOUT*
How would I summarise this series? A threesome gone wrong. There are three main characters that all strangely interlink. Louise, a single mother, meets a handsome Scottish fella on a night out only to discover the next day that he is her new boss… awks! It gets worse though when she runs into his wife, Adele, who begs her to sit in for a coffee. It gets more and more painful to watch as Louise becomes more willing to throw her life away for a bit of intrigue.
It develops. It all develops. The relationship between Louise and her boss David. The ‘friendship’ between Louise and her secret lover’s wife. Yes, it is all very strange but all is revealed in later episodes. Adele’s motives are indeed not coincidental at all but actually rather malicious and with intent. However, in the first few episodes, it is actually rather nice watching the storyline unravel.
Adele’s past life
A fire broke out at her stately home, killing her parents but she was saved by a young David before being sent away for mental rehabilitation. We only see Adele’s time there in flashbacks and are only introduced to one other character, Rob. He is gossipy, heroin-addicted and the complete opposite personality to Adele but somehow they bond over shared feelings and become inseparable. They share a similar trait, night terrors. A problem that Rob was intensely keen on sharing a solution for… it is at this point you want to pluck Adele right out of the situation.
Sharing is caring
Much like Rob and Adele, Louise has her own issues with night terrors. She often finds herself petrified about her son Adam and what would happen if she couldn’t be there for him… prediction!! Having been taught methods of escapism and astral projecting in her previous years, Adele decides to share her findings with Louise, convincing her that this is the way forward.
Throughout this strange affair, Louise’s son Adam has been away to France with his dad, oblivious to all the changes that have occurred. On his return, his mum seems happier, even making the extra effort to support her ex-partner. However, when it comes to nighttime, things change. They fall asleep together and Louise zooms off into her astral projection, leaving just her body in the room with Adam. He stirs and can’t wake his mum, the screams and tears arise in Louise’s mind, causing her to rush back before a startling awakening. The young boy was completely traumatised and she didn’t look too thrilled after either.
End of an era
After doing some digging, it becomes very clear that Adele is still not mentally stable and befriended Louise to stay in the loop on her intimate relations, even watching her through astral projection. David leaves for Scotland, to ‘put an end to it’ and Louise makes the error of telling Adele, silly girl. With no other option left in Adele’s mind, she decides to end it all. She wants to end it how she started it… by setting the house alight. A quick text to Louise about her plans and then she lays in bed and doses herself up on heroin, oblivious to her surroundings.
Louise put all the blame on herself and rushed over to Adele’s house. But how might she ever get in and know where she is in the burning house? Astral projection, of course! What could go wrong when the expert is ‘the victim’. Whilst entering the projection stage, Adele takes over Louise’s presence, leaving Louise trapped in Adele’s lifeless body. To make sure that there is no chance of escape, Adele then injects a boat load more heroin into the lifeless body which effectively means goodbye to Louise.
It gets worse.
As if the ending wasn’t bad enough as it was, another cog was then revealed. After the debate was thrown around about Rob being killed and thrown in a well, we got the answers. Rob had astral projected and swapped with Adele before killing her and living out his life in her body. So it turns out, Rob is actually the one that has consumed Louise and continues to live out his life with David.
To summarise, I finished the series with a million more questions than I started with and in all honestly, I don’t care about the answers. I absolutely loved the first few episodes but it just got too strange and over-the-top at the end. Why can’t characters have a happy ending nowadays?? I would probably say watch it if you want to fill some time but honestly, prepare to be underwhelmed by the end.