Freeridge Season 1 Review – An offbeat drama that’s worth watching despite its flaws

Season 1

Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 2 -|Review Score – 3/5
Episode 3 -|Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 4 -|Review Score – 3/5
Episode 5 -|Review Score – 4/5
Episode 6 -|Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 7 -|Review Score – 3/5
Episode 8 -|Review Score – 2.5/5


Freeridge is a show that starts off with a unique story that devolves a into run-of-the-mill teen drama towards the end. This comedy drama that follows the lives of Gloria, Ines, Demi and Cam as they navigate the ups and downs of teenage life — school, relationships and mysterious boxes that put a curse on you.

The first episode catches you off-guard with lovable characters who seem to subvert expectations in every sense, it’s delicious. Relationships, grief, mysterious boxes — every subject is dealt with in an original way. Dialogues are snappy and the friendships have a wacky element that makes you smile, a lot.

The plot has a touch of magical realism too which is great. While a lot about the curse and its enigmatic owner is used for laughs, there are a handful of moments that have no material explanation. That subtle hint of — magic, spiritualism, the hand of fate, whatever you call it — is compelling and makes the show all that more interesting. On the downside though, the last couple of episodes lack the punch that the initial few had.

Gloria and Ines’s sisterhood is messy, dramatic and fiercely loving. In the end, they fall into the most basic of all tropes—the love triangle. Cam and Demi meanwhile, have a predictable but fun and engaging romance. However, the events of the last two episodes leave much desired. The mysterious box is the one arc that gets a satisfying conclusion but the rest leans more melodrama-y than was needed.

That said, the show has some great production value. The visual appeal of the show remains constant from start to finish and the soundtrack is curated to fit the mood perfectly. The cast has done a wonderful job, particularly the actors playing the primary four teenagers. Each one of them has put a lot of heart into the performance and it shows. A special shout out to Peggy Blow for portraying an entertainingly eccentric character. Not for one second do you doubt that these characters are real people from the real world.

While Freeridge may depict teenage life in all its messiness, it does so with the utmost precision. The crisp dialogue and editing keep the runtime low and the entertainment high. Episodes are short and succinct, keeping only what they need and cutting out the rest. A single conversation between the group covers three storylines with minimal dialogue and no confusion.

Additionally, the humour is niche but it works and will have you grinning from ear to ear. And so much of the show’s appeal stems from the quirks and oddities of its lovely characters. These merits make it easy to overlook the weak storytelling at the season’s end or, at the very least, to stick around long enough to give season 2 a chance.

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  • Verdict - 7.5/10

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