Fatal Seduction Volume 1 Review – The Netflix erotic drama falls flat

Season 1 Volume 1

Season 1 Volume 2


Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 1.5/5
Episode 2 -| Review Score – 1.5/5
Episode 3 -| Review Score – 1.5/5
Episode 4 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 5 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 6 -| Review Score – 1.5/5
Episode 7 -| Review Score – 2/5

The erotic mystery tale, Fatal Seduction revolves around Nandi, a law teacher who has recently miscarried. She goes on an overnight stay to her close friend Brenda’s beach home after learning that her judge partner Leonard has been having an extramarital affair with his personal secretary Ameera.

Shortly after, the married professor begins to fall for Jacob, a young guy, resulting in a lustful affair. After the unthinkable happens, catastrophe quickly ensues, and the infidelity is followed by tragedy, crimes, and mystery.

The Netflix erotic thriller pursues the whim of cheating and the twisted situations that can arise from it, far removed from the uplifting joy of marriage. The South African adaptation of the popular Mexican series Dark Desire reminds viewers of countless other TV shows and movies that came before it, all warning stories about the potentially fatal effects of cheating on one’s spouse.

The drama’s primary flaw, in my opinion, is that it isn’t nearly as brilliant as it assumes it is. There are times when it seems to be rejoicing in a fabricated impression of uncertainty as if we have not realized what’s happening from a mile away. This presents some challenges because it alters the pacing and structure of the episodes. 

Additionally, everybody in Fatal Seduction simply chooses the worst course of action conceivable in every circumstance. A straightforward conversation could have resolved the issue, but instead, it gets complicated in a million different ways, creating a huge mess.

The artistic direction and filmmaking offer nothing new or noteworthy. Everything about the plot and storytelling technique comes across as quite stale. To make matters worse, the final act of Volume 1 is in fact disappointing leaving one questioning why the remaining episodes of the season were not released at the same time.

But we have to give credit where it is due — the episodes are cut to the ideal length, and the short runtime makes bingeing easier. The total run of the initial volume further makes everything simpler. Fatal Seduction’s cast does a remarkable job, despite occasionally becoming a little too soapy.

Let’s just say that the tale and plotting, instead of the acting, are to blame for that. Although the two are inextricably linked, the drama-filled plot is what gives the story its soap opera vibe.

Kgomotso Christopher has a commanding presence as the primary character Nandi. But Prince Grootboom’s depiction of the attractive and youthful Jacob is far from creepy. Nonetheless, towards the finale of volume 1, he blends things deftly. Vuyo Mahlati, played by Nat Ramabulana as Leonard’s brother, likewise is quite noteworthy in terms of his delivery.

In addition to a variety of predictable plot twists and turns, as well as advancements, the show offers the typical sensual interpretation of adultery. The acting team does an excellent job in terms of execution, and all of the actors contribute to making the entire experience appear more plausible. Having said that, the initial batch of episodes in the drama falls flat because the show has nothing innovative or unusual to offer.

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  • Verdict - 3/10

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