Why does Netflix give us Wednesday Who Wants to Feel?

There is a scene in the fourth episode of Wednesday It made me rethink the whole series. It takes place at the dance school of Nevermore Academy, a haven for superstar teens, where reluctant affiliate Wednesday Addams unleashes some seriously awesome dance moves on the “Goo Goo Mok” from Cramps. She raises her arms up like someone in a fit, her eyes roll back in her head—she’s wagging her neck sideways as a victim of suspension—she stalks her dance partner like a predator, then she waves her graceful hands and wrists in bewildering eel-like motions. that’s cool!

Wednesday is a record-breaking hit with Netflix viewers already, just behind Weird things And the Monster-Dahmer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (And it’s a quick glimpse into our culture.) But up until the Dancing Queen point in the series, I didn’t care much for it. This Wednesday Adams is not Mine Wed Addams.

See, I’m a huge Addams Family fan and generally try to keep up with all the related content, even terrible stuff like the 2019 animated movie version that was a farce but made a lot of money. So naturally when I heard about the new Wednesday A show that generates so much talk, I was dying to check it out.

I hate to be hard on it, but this Wednesday bears very little resemblance to my favorite versions of the character. It’s nothing like Charles Addams’ immortal creation – the pale little girl with the lizard of a pet that gnaws at her dolls. It’s also not in the vein of Christina Ricci’s fantastic interpretation of the character in Addams family (1991) and Addams family values (1993). Despite this, Ritchie appears in the series playing the awkward, bespectacled Marilyn Thornhill, Normie’s only teacher at Nevermore Academy, a character who, oddly enough, seems like a slight variation on Ritchie’s Misty Quigley, the outwardly sweet but troubled nurse. firmly in Yellow jackets.

There’s no evidence of Richie’s wonderfully bumbling Wednesday as an inspiration here, because there’s a steady focus on Wednesday’s supposedly withheld love life that’s steadily dislodged as she makes friends and goes to therapy. There is actually a strong indication that this Wednesday is going to happen utility THAN THE CURE – I can’t imagine a more damning sentence I could write about this series. How impressive was it that Richie, as a child actress, used to correct her director, Barry Sonnenfeld, when he coached her before a scene by trying to explain Wednesday’s feelings to her. She would have simply reminded Mr. Sonnenfeld that Wednesday has no feelings.

It’s not Gina Ortega’s fault — she’s playing Wednesday as written, and maybe he can be played. She’s wonderfully attractive the part. The problem is that, as conceived by the show’s creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, this Wednesday Addams is a hopeless mishmash of adjectives. A ruthless sociopath, she nonetheless has classic Psycho 101 issues such as resentment at her mother, Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) for trying to make her look her own, and disgust at her mother and father (Luis Guzmán) for their persistence. Erotic appreciation for each other. Half the time, Wed is Practically Anyteen American with a more modern sense of style.

When her main rival, Siren Bianca Barclay (Joy Sunday), envies Wednesday’s complete indifference to what people think of her, Wednesday says she wishes she cared more. It goes around the head. Having the enviable Wednesday Addams and not caring about ordinary people are two of her leading qualities.

And the plot is full of confusion. In the first episode, Wednesday leaves her regular school after taking revenge – by throwing piranhas into a swimming pool – on the water polo players she used to bully her brother, Pugsley. She’s been sent to Nevermore Academy, which is attended by vampires and werewolves and all sorts of supernatural kids, but they’re somehow astounded by Wednesday just like normal vanilla teens, and she totally mocks them. Even with her superhuman skills – Wed is a psychic here – she regularly startles all these supposed creatures of the night with her dark attitudes.

There are legions of cute boys who have crushes on wednesdays. Well, three, but it seems so much more than that. There’s fellow student Xavier Thorpe (Percy Haynes White), who has the supernatural ability to bring his drawings to life. There’s an ordinary human barista in town, Tyler Galpin (Hunter Dolan), whose father Sheriff Galpin (Jimmy McShane) is taking revenge on Nevermore Academy. And there’s a beekeeper on campus, Eugen Oettinger (Musa Mustafa).

I guess the numbers – who doesn’t love Wednesday? —but the cute friend phenomenon has posed a threat to all horror content since then twilight Destroy vampires and werewolves. In the series, there are countless scenes of cutthroat teenage boys berating Wednesday for not returning their feelings. Even worse, Wednesday feels increasingly guilty and anxious about this. why? For the love of the Dark Lord, why?

I don’t like to get into that kind of preaching, but I have to point out that girls are always pressured into thinking they have to respect the feelings of every Rando boy they like, and this was the perfect opportunity to squash that nonsense. Wed does not owe anyone reciprocal feelings. Nobody does. But especially not Wednesday!

Tim Burton is directing the new series, which I didn’t realize until I saw his credit for the closing titles. For decades, he’d feebly commodified his original, once-flattering, idiosyncratic vision that got him sacked from his coveted spot in ’80s Disney animation. Burton was an eccentric suburban Southern California producer born in Burbank, and what he wanted most as an antidote to sun-bleached conformity was a kind of gleefully inclusive gothic community, perhaps best represented in his masterpiece, Ed Wood (1994). Burton was great for a while, doing real service to people suffering from the entertainment hell associated with the Reagan era, especially with Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) and Beetlejuice (1988).

But it all went into the pot once he got rich and successful and started pooping like sandworms were eating his brains. He tended to commodify his early victories ever weaker; Now Tim Burton’s films are almost unwatchable.

Anyway, Burton now stands for a kind of generic “dark vision”, a goth aura that can be applied, repackaged, and sold in any number of ways, which I think makes him perfect for the purposes of Netflix and this series.

However, despite all of the series’ glaring flaws, I have to admit that the “Goo Goo Muck” dance scene caught my interest. I’ll have to watch a few more episodes of Wednesday To see if she will live up to that fancy dance. After all, I haven’t even seen Uncle Fester (Fred Armisen) yet, which is key to the whole Addams Family experience.


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