Muted could have been a great Spanish mystery series. With a solid hook, intriguing characters and six easily digestible episodes, it looked like another international homerun for Netflix. Unfortunately, the show lacks one key ingredient – good writing.
To say Muted is badly written would be an understatement. Despite holding it together for a while, the second half of this series devolves into an incoherent, nonsensical disaster. And that’s a shame because the hook for this series is actually pretty good.
The story centers on Sergio, a young man who voluntarily decides not to speak for six years (unless the script calls for him to of course) after his parents are presumably murdered after tumbling from an apartment balcony.
With Sergio keeping quiet, he’s locked up for their murders and quietly goes about his sentence in silence. However, investigators decide to release him 9 months early but organize a Big Brother-esque surveillance project to watch his every move and try to work out if he’s actually a dangerous individual or not.
As the series progresses, it becomes apparent that there’s more to Sergio’s story than first meets the eye, while lead investigator Ana has more than a few skeletons in her closet.
There’s also a subplot involving a woman called Marta, one of Sergio’s “super-fans” who used to babysit his sister Noa. You see, Sergio’s motivation here stems from reuniting with his sister who appears to have vanished.
I’m not about to spoil what happens here but we do get answers to the balcony killing, along with Noa’s fate too. Suffice to say, the answers we receive only breed more questions. This show is literally the TV equivalent of the battle against the mythical hydra. You slice one head by answering a big plot question and a whole bunch more questions pop up. It’s particularly frustrating because this show does itself no favours with its aesthetic either.
Muted is hampered by long, ponderous shots of the landscape, characters staring into the distance or walking from point A to point B. It doesn’t make for particularly good tv and has the adverse effect of making you think more about the inconsistencies and numerous gaping plot holes this one has in its arsenal.
Muted is quite simply a mess of a tv show. It has barely any redeeming features and does nothing to justify its existence. The writing is shoddy across the board, the narrative isn’t even that endearing and the “twists” are incredulously bad. Muted is probably an apt title for this show, as it should be silently ignored and relegated to the annals of streaming history.
Verdict - 2.5/10