Title: Ares season 1
Actors: Jade Olieberg, Robin Boissevain, Tobias Kersloot
Creators: Pieter Kuijpers, Iris Otten, Sander van Meurs
My Rating: 3/5
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About Ares season 1
Psychological cult drama Ares follows two college freshers (Rosa and Jacob) in Amsterdam. And these two students have the interest to share an obsession of joining a society of students group and that community of students comprises influential people. Jacob constantly says that Rosa shouldn’t join this society, but now it is too late.
So normally I am not into psychological horror stories but I decided to try this one because it is the first Dutch Netflix Original. I really wanted to see it.
So where to start because I have a few things that I want to say about this series. This story is about Rosa who wants to join this secret society in Amsterdam. But really weird things are happening in this society. But everything became clearer at the end of episode 8.
Everything represents the things we did here in the Netherlands hundreds of years ago. Rosa is the only person of colour in this society, so apparently she represents the black slaves. You can see a couple of hints of slavery and racism. But this could have been so much better if they empathized it a little bit more. Because Rosa is not black, she is more white. Her mother is white and her father is black. It would be more powerful if they really chose a black actress. And it would have been more powerful if they made more scenes with hints of racism and slavery. There are a couple of lines but that was only at the beginning. I only realized at the end that it was about slavery.
But for non-Dutch people, it can be hard to understand what this series was all about. If you don’t know the history of the Netherlands, how can you know that this was about slavery and racism?
The reviews are mixed. Here in the Netherlands, everyone seems to hate this series. They think the acting was really bad and the storyline was weak. Outside the Netherlands, people are more positive about this new Netflix Original. Since I am Dutch, I know we love to complain about everything. I didn’t think the acting was that bad. You can find actors who are worse on Hallmark channel. And even in other Netflix originals, you can find really bad actors. But like I said the storyline could have been a little bit better. The idea of this series was great.
But if you are planning to watch this series, watch it with subtitles and not the dubbed version. It is always more powerful when you watch the original with subs.