Saint X Season 1 Review – A sub-par psychological drama

Season 1

Episode Guide

Episode 1 – | Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 2/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 2/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 1.5/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 1.5/5
Episode 7 – | Review Score – 2/5
Episode 8 – | Review Score – 2.5/5

 

Hulu’s psychological thriller revolves around the mystery surrounding Alison Thomas’ tragic passing. The show alternates between two storylines that take place 20 years apart and therein lies part of the problem.

The main story centers on a wealthy family visiting Saint X, a Caribbean island in the past timeline. Allison spends time with her loved ones on the island. However, the night before they return to their home, where Alison is due to start college, Allison disappears.

A few weeks later, while certain tourists are exploring a close by cay, Allison’s corpse is discovered. However, it is challenging to determine how she passed away because she has been in the sea for days.

Several years later, the unsolved case still plagues Claire, Alison’s younger sister. Claire, who now goes by the name of Emily, works as a documentary editor and resides in Brooklyn’s largely Caribbean neighborhood. She embarks on a dangerous quest as she seeks to learn the truth about what really happened to Alison. Additionally, she becomes so consumed with finding answers that she can no longer navigate her own life.

The show presents a fascinating mystery with a charming setting. The show goes on to introduce audiences to its mysterious storyline concerning the death of Alison and the repercussions of this alarming incident in the present timeline.

The intriguing story will pique interest for viewers, but the timelines presented are rather chaotic and have a noticeable lag, which is disappointing. Furthermore, the unnecessary timelines give the impression that they were only added to the plot to make it seem more meaningful but unfortunately, in the effort to make everybody in the hotel a suspect, it feels sloppily put together.

The show moves painfully slow and drip-feeds information to stretch out its unreasonably long episodes too. This did not need to have 8 episodes to tell its story. To make matters worse, the storyline is filled with gaps. We don’t understand what actually happened, how everything fits together, or why the murder requires so much background information.

The unanswered question begins to pique your curiosity towards the end of the season though to be fair, as the show works to try and resolve its central mystery. Although the series tries to have a heartwarming ending, it just can’t pull it off. The end is not cohesive because it includes far too many disorganized sequences and hurried edits.

The writing and acting quality in the show is on par with daytime dramas. The tragic tale fails to evoke any sort of sympathy, given that Alison is not really worth feeling bad for. Moreover, the characters in the show act absurdly and make choices that can’t be taken seriously at all. The show fails to give the characters any kind of depth, consequently resulting in them feeling dull and uninteresting.

Although Saint X began by introducing viewers to an intriguing mystery, as it goes on, this one completely loses its charm. You won’t miss the chaotic timelines, weak characters and mediocre plotline if you miss this one, which is what we recommend you do instead of watching this.


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