Swarm Season 1 Review – A deliciously chilling psychological thriller

Season 1

Episode Guide

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



Swarm is a chilling psychological thriller that’s intricately woven, telling the terrifying tale of a young woman named Dre. Dre grows fixated on a fictional pop singer named Ni’Jah. She fantasizes about meeting her and becoming friends with the singer because she is so enamored with the star. Dre has a very tough reality because she continues to live in a fantasy, consequently feeling more lonely than ever after tragedy strikes.

Dre is on the hunt, dealing with the loss of Marissa and murdering critics of Ni’Jah while fervently wishing to meet the celebrity one day. Her craze with the musician grows to the point where she sets off on a murderous rampage across the nation.

This gripping crime drama is a scathing commentary on the current state of the world. The Donald Glover production reveals how social media creates delusions inside the imaginations of impressionable young audiences and gives one an untrue feeling of being connected with artists. Furthermore, the show paints a complete picture of what a truly extreme scenario might entail.

The anti-hero protagonist is lonely, weird, crazy, and sometimes even sympathetic, and she will take you on a thrilling emotional rollercoaster of emotion.

The show’s unsettling narrative boasts scenes that merge fantasy with reality. For instance, when Dre tells a lie about hugging Ni’Jah, we can see that she actually believes the lie while telling it because tears are streaming down her cheeks.

The protagonist’s erotomania is showcased and that blends in with her delusions in destructive ways. For instance, Dre believes that the deceased Marissa is sending her messages. If that wasn’t enough, our main character appears to have an eating disorder, and its blurred into a wild, sexually charged relationship she has with food.

The titles for some of the episodes complement the show’s intriguing name. The words “swarm”, “stung” and “honey” bring to mind representations of bees, and in the show, pop icon Ni’Jah resembles Beyonce, who is affectionately referred to as “Bee” by her followers. It’s certainly not outside the realm of possibility to imagine this legendary Ni’Jah embodying a fictionalized version of the popular star.

Swarm has an extremely natural, minimalistic aesthetic that gives off an indie film vibe. Although there is violence present, it is executed very artistically, revealing only the necessary details to the viewer. The clever sound design of the show heightens the tension too. Every time Dre is made to experience extreme emotion, you can hear the unnerving buzz of an aggressive hive.

In the series, Dominique Fishback is fantastic. The success of Swarm as a whole depends on her outstanding performance and her off-kilter persona makes her performance stand out. You’ll get chills from the body horror created by her ticks and twitches.

You will undoubtedly be kept on the very edge of your chair by the show’s numerous surprises and unexpected turns. However, there is no obvious endpoint that one can relate to. Unfortunately, this sours what is otherwise a thrilling experience.

Swarm occasionally teases a move into action but it never really materializes in that way. As a result, the pacing occasionally feels slow and jumbled. Additionally, the final episode unveils a compelling plot device that, if it had been introduced earlier, could have led to a more dramatic ending.

Swarm is packed with drama, humor, and violence. This is a must-watch for those that are looking for a suspenseful and captivating series.

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  • Verdict - 8/10

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