Dónal Ferris reviews the hottest new LGBTQ+ drama on the block. With sex, drugs and a lot of drama this is not to be missed.
Described by creator Morgan Jon Fox as being ‘Like HBO’s “Looking” or “Girls,” but set in Memphis, Tennessee.’ Feral follows the lives of a group of 20 somethings and the complications of their modern lives. We have our main characters Billy (Jordan Nichols) and Daniel (Seth Daniel). Daniel is an average promiscuous young gay man/wannabe artist with a huge personality and a fondness for a bit of fun with whoever comes along. Billy is a more reserved and laid back independent move director who is on the look for something a little bit more substantial out of life. With friends Emily (Leah Beth Bolton), Carter (Chase Brother) and Jordan (Tristan M.Garner) we explore their huge ups and downs in what can be a difficult world to live in.
Covering the topics of breakups, drug use, male depression and confused sexuality, Feral is a gripping drama that leaves no stone unturned. The strength of the show is that it doesn’t give everything away in episode one. It is clear our characters are two very complex people who have had a range of difficulties in their lives- some of which are hinted on in episode one but slowly explored throughout the series.
The setting of the series is simply stunning and the beautiful scenery of Memphis is put to very good use by Fox. Equally the camera work is smooth and crisp and mixed with fantastic editing this is a series that is very easy to get sucked into. Every scene has a meaning and a point, and the intensity of some of them is really felt by allowing them to unfold naturally. With the subtly shaky style of camera work it often feels like we are intruding on these lives and whilst this may feel uncomfortable at times it is also extremely compelling.
Covering the topics of breakups, drug use, male depression and confused sexuality, Feral is a gripping drama that leaves no stone unturned.
It appears at times that the actors were given opportunity to improvise their dialogue. In my opinion sometimes this worked and sometimes it didn’t. I feel this is down to the confidence of the actors in this situation as compared to their acting ability. Seth Daniel plays the fun, promiscuous side of Daniel really well but struggles to deliver the more emotional scenes with as much conviction. Jordan Nichols gives a consistently strong performance throughout and is really the shining star of the series.
The strength of the show is that it doesn’t give everything away in episode one. It is clear our characters are two very complex people who have had a range of difficulties in their lives- some of which are hinted on in episode one but slowly explored throughout the series.
The series is paired with a cracking soundtrack by a range artists including Julien Baker, Adrianna Kiki, LUCERO, The Echo Friendly and Alan Hayes. Each song is very effectively used and set the mood of the series perfectly. The closing credits theme of the series “Something” performed by Julien Baker is a stunningly beautiful song with a real tinge of sadness complimented by Baker’s hauntingly beautiful lyrics.
The only downside to the show is that is only available via online streaming and you will need to fork out $10 a month to see it. However, I would personally say it’s worth a view and there is quite a large deal of content to trawl through so it wouldn’t be a huge waste of cash. If you enjoy LGBTQ+ themed dramas and you enjoyed Looking, then this is the show for you.
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