Series Review: October Faction, Season One (Netflix)
A semi-retired couple who work for a clandestine monster hunting agency discover dark family secrets and the truth about their employer after their magically inclined nigh adult kids reawaken a witch bent on revenge.
Though initially intriguing and mysterious, the characters make a variety of questionable decisions that left me a bit nonplussed.
Concept of this show was stellar, but the execution left me wanting a lot more.
Flow suffers from the plot’s lack of execution, and what great flashbacks and subplots we are given are cut short for lesser plot points.
I was very hesitant to watch this show. A month or so ago, I watched the opening scene and felt very … meh. So I skipped it until I heard enough good reviews.
It turns out that maybe I should’ve trusted my gut on this one. With better execution and thought, this first season could’ve been stellar, but instead it left me wanting quite a bit more.
The characters we were introduced to were colorful, seemingly enigmatic, but as the season went on, they began to make some decisions that didn’t make any logical sense to me. My biggest qualm was the gay twin character. I’m all for LGBT, but he started the show coming off as a mature, smart young man, only for his actions relating to relationships to make him seem borderline bipolar and too naïve for my taste.
The plot was alright, but I think we’ve seen this kind of thing before, and it fell short in execution. Some episodes really dragged while others felt amazing. Episodes 8 and 9 were my favorite because I loved the backstory, but in the end, sudden actions of characters altered the plot in pivotal moments that didn’t make sense and left a sour taste in my mouth. It was hard to follow what the characters were thinking, and ultimately my experience suffered due to that.
All in all, this was a flawed yet entertaining first season. I did have fun, but I’m unsure I would give another season a chance.
That’s it for this series review. How about you? Have you seen this one?
Did you enjoy it? Love it, hate it? Feel free to comment, and have a great day!
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That’s a shame. Sounds like an intriguing concept. Pity about the execution.
Yeah, it had potential but they just tried to do too many things in my opinion. Gotta use the KISS method
I enjoyed the series, but you make good points. I do agree that Geoff’s character was too immature in the relationship area. His gay scenes felt forced, like the writers were pressured to write in a gay character. I think the setting was cool, the surprise twists/alliances were even better, and Tamara Taylor’s acting and her character were the best.
Thanks! I just think they tried to do too much all at once. A slow burn would’ve been better.
I did really enjoy the backstory we got to see in 8 & 9 and the mom stuff was pretty darn good.