The Chosen One (2023) Season 1 Review – A coming-of-age story woven with Biblical themes

Season 1



Episode Guide

The Arrival – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Miracles – | Review Score – 3/5
The Awakening – | Review Score – 3/5
True Or False – | Review Score – 2/5
Faith – | Review Score – 2.5/5
Revelation – | Review Score – 2.5/5

Netflix’s coming-of-age fantasy series, The Chosen One centers on Jodie, a 12-year-old kid who can perform miracles. Following an incident during a trip with his companions Hipólito, Magda, Wagner, and Tuka, he learns that he has supernatural abilities. Much like Jesus Christ, not only can he transform water into wine, but in addition to that he can also heal people and raise the deceased.

The Evangelical and Yaqui leaders of the town strive to convince him to use his abilities for the benefit of humanity. Following this, Jodie is forced to decide between his former life or the splendour alongside his loyal followers who claim he is the son of God.

The Netflix series creates a sense of eerie suspense around its central protagonist, Jodie, while presenting a fascinating story of self-discovery set in the charming little Mexican town of Santa Rosala. As the story progresses, Jodie’s secrets are ultimately revealed, leading his life to quickly spiral out of control.

The show presents a fantasy-infused narrative that incorporates Biblical themes. The coming-of-age drama juxtaposes the innocence of adolescence with fervent religious commitment. The drama also examines the intricacies of faith within a local community in Mexico.

The group of friends serve as the show’s heartbeat as they all experience growing up together. The teens have evident chemistry and feel safe enough to be themselves with one another. Losing yourself in the story and connecting with this squad of young actors makes The Chosen One well worth watching.

In the first few episodes, The Chosen One falls short due to its fanciful elements. There are points in the story where the slow pace detracts from the growing complexity of the supernatural as well as the overall suspense. While doing so is meant to create intrigue, it can slow things down if done too slowly.

Jodie has dreams of sirens, whales, strange rocks, and rites performed by the fire, but nothing can explain them.  The absence of explanations can make moments feel fragmented and less compelling, such as when Jodie has flashes and enlightenments regarding his powers. His abilities are not seen until Episode 3, and some of them are oddly downplayed despite their significance.

The show could have been more captivating if it had included more frequent and elaborate supernatural components. The viewers will be more captivated by a supernatural tale if the supernatural elements are given more screen time. Having said that, the series ends chaotically, mirroring Jodie’s life, which puts things into perspective and gives the narrative an entirely new viewpoint.

Where the story itself falls short, the magnificent visuals more than make up for it. Honey skin, clear skies, and sandy landscapes adorn each frame. There is no need for a young adult drama to look as gorgeous and cinematic, yet it did.

Throughout Season 1, the majority of the ensemble delivers compelling performances that build fascinating relationships. Each one of them, but especially Bobby Luhnow, Jorge Javier Arballo Osornio, and Lilith Amelie Siordia Mejia, have fantastic chemistry and play off each other very naturally. Their ability to work together effectively is outstanding, and they serve as the show’s significant core.

The acting skills of Dianna Agron as Jodie’s mum Sarah is particularly noteworthy. In the face of Jodie’s objections to their unconventional way of life, Agron brilliantly personifies resilience. She depicts the complexity of her character brilliantly. Sarah seems like a resilient and strong woman, but in the face of dangerous situations, she struggles with the need to protect her kid.

Magda, played by Lilith Amelie Siordia Mejia is an underdeveloped character, and her story arc could have benefited from a bit more spotlight. Her character arc and mourning over her brother’s absence has plenty of potential, despite the fact that she isn’t the show’s primary focal point.

The coming-of-age drama also explores themes of Christianity, popularity, and maturity. It tries too hard to seem mysterious and realistic, dismissing its own paranormal premise and underselling itself. This show requires patience, though the second half of Season 1 will keep you interested and wanting more. The resolution at the end, fortunately, allows for a more fascinating epic story to continue.

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  • Verdict - 7/10

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