Netflix’s latest sci-fi series The Imperfects has seemingly come out of nowhere to earn its fair share of viewers. The series, which premiered on Thursday (September 8), peaked at number two on Netflix’s Best TV Shows on the US chart the next day.
Since then, it has fluctuated between the number 2 and 3 on that chart, trading points with Devil In Ohio. They both sit right behind Cobra Kai’s fifth season. Not a bad company when you consider that The Imperfects is a brand new series that isn’t an adaptation or spin-out.
And it didn’t get there by word of mouth from the critical class. There aren’t even enough reviews for a consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. So, let’s break down what The Imperfects is and if you should join the masses by pushing it high on the leaderboard.
What is Gli imperfetti?
Teens Abbi (Rhianna Jagpal), Juan (Inaki Godoy) and Tilda (Morgan Taylor Campbell) have one man in common: Dr. Alex Sarkov (Rhys Nicholson). Years ago, Sarkov was experimenting on children and now everyone has their own mutations to deal with.
Abbi is now releasing pheromones from her body and the result is that whoever is close to her is sexually aroused and under her control. So, yes, Netflix has a succubus on its roster. Juan? Well, he becomes a chupacabra and is a danger to everyone around him. Tilda? Well, she is the banshee, as she can now scream ultrasonic vibrations that have huge effects. Check it out here:
The trio tackles these powers in dramatic high school ways. These bodily transformations are all very perfect for the way puberty rages on our bodies, but things get complicated as their powers intensify.
The trio, of course, is tied to their shared complexities. And since no teen wants to stand out, they team up to try to find Sarkov to try and get him to get rid of their powers.
The Imperfects Reviews: What the critics say
As noted above, there aren’t enough reviews for a Rotten tomatoes (opens in a new tab) score (at least at the time of publication). That said, there are some reviews up there.
Liz Kocan in addition to Decision maker (opens in a new tab) says the public can “SKIP IT!” writing “Our Call: SKIP IT! The Imperfects is … okay. It has a decent story, but after getting to know the characters, I can’t say that I care so much about them, their super powers or what they ultimately it happens to them. It’s not a bad sight, just a little … imperfect. “
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High On Films’ Lopamudra Mukherjee agrees, writing “Despite the enormous load of science fiction complexity that had to be tackled, the episodes seem much longer than necessary and the blame lies with the coldness of the drama which took up too much space.” That said, the reviewer goes on to stating “However, the show triumphs as thriller and science fiction thanks to the twists that were there in every corner.”
Should you watch The Imperfects tonight?
The Imperfects sounds, as one reviewer said, imperfect. It appears to be an OK young adult sci-fi show, and not revolutionary. It also doesn’t seem to reverse Netflix’s trend of overly long seasons dragging on a bit.
That said, what if you want better-than-usual CGI and are completely out of the Umbrella Academy and Ms. Marvel episodes to quench your thirst for stories where kids face super powers?
Well, since the MCU version of X-Men looks like it’s taking some time to get concrete news, The Imperfects looks like a decent show to check out tonight. Just make sure you set your expectations appropriately.
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