The Idol: A Controversial Series
HBO has always been known for its quality and controversial programming. While other networks stick to conventional themes, HBO has always dared to explore new and sometimes darker topics. Over the years, they have maintained their reputation for producing quality programming, but not all their experiments have been successful. One such experiment is The Idol, a series which failed to impress critics and audiences alike.
A Creator with a Reputation
Sam Levinson, the creator of The Idol, gained a reputation thanks to his previous work, Euphoria. The series showed the challenges faced by today’s youth, including their first sexual experiences, in a new and more open social context. Levinson was seen as an important figure in HBO’s programming bar, which is why they gave him the green light for a new project.
A Darker Theme
The Idol was conceived as a series that would explore the darker side of the music industry. The Weeknd, a singer who collaborated with Levinson on the project, promised that he could create a cult-like following if he wished. The series was known to be explicit and crude, not for the faint of heart.
The Idols’ production was surrounded by controversy when director Amy Seimetz withdrew from the series. Her departure forced Levinson and The Weeknd to rethink their narrative strategy. The series received mixed reviews after premiering at the Cannes festival, with some critics calling it pornographic and exploitative.
Despite claims that The Idol is a necessary and deep work, it has received mostly mediocre reviews from critics and viewers alike. The series tells the story of a pop singer, Jocelyn, who is struggling with mental health, and is exploited by the music industry. Her career potentially destroyed, Jocelyn is led astray by Tedros, a manipulative man who promises to show her a new, artistic vision.
Reviews from Critics
Diego Lerer from MicropsiaCine called The Idol campy and entertaining, but said it showed nothing new about the chaos of pop stars in today’s world. Robbie Collin of The Telegraph stated that the show made Showgirls look like a masterpiece. Robert Daniels from The Playlist criticized the wooden sensuality of the sex scenes and their lack of genuine eroticism. Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson acknowledged the series’ entertainment value but warned not to expect something shocking or transgressive.
The Idol is a controversial series that has failed to impress most critics and audiences. Its premise is interesting, but its execution leaves much to be desired. While some may find it campy and entertaining, others find it vulgar and exploitative. Ultimately, the success of the series remains to be seen.