Concessions Confession: A delectable short series that raises plenty of intrigue with visual splendor. It’s a make-or-break twist ending that personally I was pleased with.

Logline: Louise gets more than she bargains for when a chance encounter entangles her in a scandalous affair. The more she learns from the couple, the more she unearthed dark secrets that wish to remain secret.

Is it just me or am I noticing an interesting trend with Netflix originals? It seems like all the coverage is about an ending you won’t believe! I mean I just googled “Netflix series ending explained” and if you check news like 4 different shows come up. Are all these shows convoluted that they require explanation? are audiences just too stupid to understand plots anymore? Is this just an easy way to make clickable content?

Yet, I’d argue that this is a case with a rather shocking ending that this one in particular earns such attention. I don’t want to spoil the experience, but I think coming in with somewhat the right expectations can help. I wouldn’t say that the mini-series brings in anything completely esoteric but take note that the 2nd episode is in fact titled “Lucid Dream” setting the stage for some rather abstract thoughts.

I just think that with that in mind goes a long way in setting the right expectations, the mood, performances, and sets all fit well together if it’s what you can came to see. While not necessarily tech focused, a decent comparison would be to Black Mirror. More exploring neat concepts, in a very modern twist narrative that can exaggerate flaws and personalities of characters.

The characters don’t have to necessarily have to exist in reality, as long as they make sense in the presented reality of the narrative, I’m fine if they are little neatly caricature in nature. While the characters can feel written for the sake of narrative that doesn’t stop them from being dimensions and intriguing to study. I think most of the cast no matter how drastic their actions get have moments of sympathy and at least a well given explanation for their motives. They might not be the people you wanna be but they are the troubled individuals you want to know more about.

Playing Your Cards Right?

Netflix's Behind Her Eyes adaptation looks so, so good

One aspect I really do praise about Behind Her Eyes is the pacing and how it handles concealing and revealing information from the viewer. This series could have been stretched and bloated into a more traditional 12-episode season, but the show graciously trims the fat. It doesn’t tease you too much, add unnecessary scenes, and leave much time to ruminate with you.

This series great aspect is that the obvious subversions are turned within the first couple episodes. It shows you and makes certain aspects fairly early on. You will learn the relationship the main characters have, the degree to which each of them can be egotistical, abusive, and/or self-centered. The flash back narratives will serve a purpose and you’ll learn a great deal of things by the midway point.

That’s awesome, it’s one thing when a show just gets the set up done with and instead of teasing unimportant elements it leaves you with a sense of dread like well if that’s not a big secret than what is. I do believe this show does have an ace up its sleeve. I feel like every episode is necessary and drastically changes your perspective on the characters, and what secrets might be coming. Some would argue a twist is cheapened by the fact that pertinent informative is given in the 2nd to last episode, without it I don’t think many of us are under the assumption that it is something within the realm of possibility. However, I think it’s cool how information is given gradually to ensure you probably won’t solve it episode one. That doesn’t mean that it’s completely out of left field, it does give you enough pieces that you accept it as a plausible conclusion. For the most part.

Spoiler Section: One Issue I have

Behind Your Eyes' Netflix Trailer and Release Date: WATCH

When I mean spoiler section, I means talking about the big dramatic twist at the end so please close your eyes, plug your ears, like the post, and head properly to the next section of the review. The one thing that I sort of don’t like is Louise does something extremely dumb and unreasonable to make the big twist happen that it borderlines on ruining it but the twist is fun enough that I learned to accept it.

So Adele is committing suicide by setting her house on fire and trying to practically overdose on heroine. However, she planned that she would do it right before Louise showed up to rescue her. Not only would Louise fail to break into her house, despite being able to a couple episodes ago. I did not understand exactly why she couldn’t whether the handle was too hot, or there was modifications or if she really thought she couldn’t reach I was unclear on the situation.

I feel like any rational person would have came across a more feasible solution whether it be to try opening this door or find another means of entry before the very idiotic thing that Louise does. Louise instead opts to fall asleep in front of a burning building, a situation which I feel would be stressful and anxiety inducting to the point were you couldn’t easily enter a calmed state. She does this in order to astral project her body into the building…. why would she do this?

As far as she is aware, you cannot interact, communicate, or do anything in your astral projection form. What exactly would this accomplish? It would be one thing if the fire had spread across the house and you were mapping out if there was a secure way to get Adele out of the building. What advantage or reason would Louise do this if it essentially wouldn’t accomplish anything?

It’s all for the big twist betrayal that Rob in Adele’s body can go on to swap places with Louise and hence take over her life. It’s shocking certainly, and it was a dramatically tense scene of Louise trapped in a dying vessel being betrayed for trying to do the right thing. It is an amazingly orchestrated tragic moment, and a rare one to see the main character die, especially when they are the most morally righteous of the cast. While I do think it takes some unwanted contrivances to get there, the ending is deeply satisfying conclusion to the mystery and one that has distressing consequences.

But Don’t Just Take My Word for It?

Behind Her Eyes: the one major clue behind plot twist that fans missed |  HELLO!

This show isn’t the only one that can pull something unexpected out at the last minute. Surprise, I have an unexpected blogger cameo! I’m sure a lot of my built-in audience has had the pleasure of visiting The Moyatorium but if you haven’t, you’re missing out on a truly amazing writer and person. We kind of had a fun time watching Symphogear together which she wrote about on her site. It just seems right that I happened to ask a dream expert to come join me for this thrill ride and hopefully give some of her quick thoughts on the show, how it portrayed dreaming, and that devilish twist without giving too much away?

Hello there. It was my pleasure to be a part of this journey, so thank you, K, for waiting to watch the 6 episodes with me over nearly two weeks instead of binging them like I’m sure you’d have love to! Because I want to keep my section spoiler-free and because I went through K’s sections basically nodding the whole time, I’m just going to focus on the one aspect of the series that you’d expect me to have opinions on: the dreams.

For a series labelled “thriller” that revolves around dreaming and has a psychiatrist as one of its central characters…Behind Her Eyes is surprisingly grounded in reality. Its exploration of lucid dreaming is pragmatic, and I especially respect how it depicts lucid dreaming as a skill learnable by anybody within a relatively short frame of time–which I would also insist that it is!

Obviously, the show exaggerates both how effortless it is to gain lucidity and the extent of control you have over a dream, but like K, I’m fine with fiction being fictional as long as it’s narratively consistent. While I do feel like the potential of dreams to be fantastical, volatile, or emotionally challenging to harness wasn’t explored as much as I would have liked, it was certainly nice just seeing some good representation of lucid dreaming technicalities. 

Watching the show late at night before bed has also contributed to a fair share of weird dreams for me. If you’re interested in checking out this one, I recommend the 12 am experience! Not that I advocate sleeping late at all…don’t be absurd. Um…sleep early, people! Remember to get 8 hours of sleep every night!

All in all, I would recommend checking this one out. The devil is in the detail and this one has enough to be a dark, scandalous thriller that keeps you guessing. I was entertained throughout, and it did leave me thinking after. For a dense little thriller, I think there’s enough of a twist to leave you on the edge of your seat, eager to see the truth Behind Her Eyes.

{Thank you so much to Moya for taking a second to join me. Another wonderful person that I can’t endorse following enough and I’m very happy that she decided to watch the show with me. Me and Moya are both members of the JCO headed by my other good friend Mr. JS who is planning for a lot of things to have us and a lot of fellow creatively hang out and do some collaborative efforts. So be sure to follow me, Moya, and other members of the JCO and we hopefully do some cool stuff on the horizon. Thanks, stay awesome and I’ll see you next time here, at the Movies!}

Images credit: Netflix

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