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TV Series Review

By the time most people get to college, they’re no longer too worried about spelling. They’ve probably taken lots of spelling tests already. And if none of 'em helped, well, there’s always spellcheck, right?

But Jack Morton is learning that good ol’ Belgrave U. is a little different—especially if you get into its most famous (?) secret society. Yes, that’s right: In the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose, good, um, spelling is what it’s all about. In fact, it just might mean the difference between staying alive and being devoured by werewolves.

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It’s not as though Jack knew about said werewolves beforehand. He wanted to get into the Order to, in part, avenge his mother’s tragic suicide. See, Jack’s biological pops, billionaire Edward Coventry (get it? Coven-try?) has some ties to this school’s Skull and Bones-like order—a small society that some of larger society’s movers and shakers allegedly belonged to. Jack and his Grandpa Pete blame Edward for the woman’s suicide, and they have plans for Edward, if they can get close to him. And the Order of the Blue Rose seems like the best soil for their plans to blossom.

But in this formal clique, skulls and bones have more … practical applications. Turns out, its members are all witches. They play with dark magic in the university’s darkest corners. And let’s face it: Most of ’em weren’t all that nice to begin with. Some seem OK: Jack’s love interest, Alyssa, seems nice enough, witchcraft aside. But most of these folks are preening, stuck-up snobs who probably rooted for the Death Eaters in the Harry Potter movies.

But the Order of the Blue Rose isn’t the only supersecret supernatural society on campus. The Knights of Saint Christopher—a sorta sacred company of werewolves—has done its best to check the witchy ambitions of the Order for, oh, a long time now. (Interesting bit of trivia: St. Christopher is sometimes depicted with the head of a dog, especially in the Eastern Orthodox Church.) Never mind that they sometimes make critical decisions via games of beer pong.

The Howls of Higher Education

Yes, Netflix’s The Order is pretty ridiculous. Any time you have an incoming college student desperately trying to get into a super-duper secret society by asking everybody about it, you know you’re going to have some problems. It’s just the sort of overbaked, underthought, supernatural teen romantic dramedy you’d expect to find on Freeform (Shadowhunters) or MTV (Teen Wolf) or, especially, the CW (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Charmed, etc., etc.).

Well, if you cut out all the swearing, that is.

Yeah, the rose isn’t the only thing blue around Belgrave. The language is, too: Netflix flung the door open to f- and s-words aplenty for The Order and slapped the thing with a TV-MA rating, the television equivalent of an R rating for movies. That’s an interesting choice, given that the show is clearly meant for teens. Most “mature” viewers I know would have a hard time seeing the screen clearly, what with all the eye-rolling.

The show can be bloody and gory, as well. Sacred order or not, the werewolves snack on witches often, and they like ’em raw. The witches, meanwhile, utilize various body parts to engage in witchy activities. Nothing like using an eyeball, plucked clean free of a corpse, to divine the victim’s last few moments. (Who knew that eyes had their own backup drives?)

Netflix prides itself on having a little bit of programming for everyone. And if we’re being particularly generous, The Order certainly qualifies. I mean, a certain segment of Netflix’s subscribers likes pure, unambiguous trash, right?

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Jake Manley as Jack Morton; Sarah Grey as Alyssa Drake; Adam DiMarco as Randall Carpio; Katharine Isabelle as Vera Stone; Louriza Tronco as Gabrielle; Max Martini as Edward Coventry; Aaron Hale as Brandon; Devery Jacobs as Lilith Bathory; Thomas Elms as Hamish Duke; Matt Frewer as Peter Morton; Jedidiah Goodacre as Kyle; Kayla Heller as Selena Durov; Ajay Friese as Amir






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