Feedback (2023) Season 1 Review – A cautionary tale of addiction and destruction

Season 1

 

 

Episode Guide

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5

 

Marcin Kania wakes up after a drunken night with no memory of where he is or what’s happened. Fragments of the past quickly bleed through, involving his son, Piotrek, being scared and admitting that he’s done something really bad. Marcin is covered in blood, he’s in his son’s apartment but beyond that, everything else is a mystery. Welcome to Fragment, Netflix’s latest Polish thriller.

This basic amnesia-stricken premise is something seen a number of times in different media, and Feedback in unashamedly similar in the way it tells its story. This five part series depicts Marcin head off in search of the truth. This journey takes him through the seedy underbelly of Warsaw, as well as an exploration of both Piotr and Marcin’s turbulent past. All of this builds up to a final episode that crescendos into a shocking climax to the story.

The main driver for this mystery though is Marcin, who struggles to recapture the hazy events that happened from that final night with Piotr. He does though, of course, but as the episodes progress, more than anything else, this story plays with the idea of alcoholism and how much damage that can do to one’s life – and those closest to you.

This is obvious from the opening episode, where we see Marcin is a heavy drinker. He attends group therapy and does all the usual things to tick the box for a good recovering alcoholic, but he’s a compulsive liar, and he’s living from bottle to bottle. He’s also hung up over his past playing in a band.

This destructive behaviour drives Marcin’s actions across the season, especially as we see more of what’s transpired in the past. There’s a particularly damning flashback early on with police arriving and questioning Piotr while Marcin stands behind them, staggering about while verbally abusing his son. It’s tough to watch, but to be fair that’s kinda the point of the whole series.

In that respect, Feedback’s greatest strength is also its biggest Achille’s Heel. It’s very difficult to root for Marcin here, as he regularly sabotages himself time and again. He’s not a particularly likable character, and the more we learn about him, the harder it is to empathize with his plight. This can make episodes 3 and 4 in particular difficult to watch, with the niggling feel that everything is being drawn out unnecessarily. Thankfully, the finale does reward some of your patience with a decent climax.

Make no mistake about it though, Feedback is a good thriller, and the ending alone is worth the journey. However, one can’t help but feel this could have done with slightly tighter editing. Even with 5 episodes, this feels a bit bloated. Although some of that may be Marcin himself. Credit to Arkadiusz Jakubik though, he brings the character to life with enough depth and gravitas that you genuinely believe this is an alcoholic being paraded around on screen. It’s not perfect, but it is a decent watch all the same.

 

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