If you’re just about to load up Netflix and start watching The Stranger. Hold up. It gets stranger and stranger (see what I did there?) by the minute––by the episode.
People tell me that the first two to three episodes are the best chances of gauging if you’d either watch it further or just drop watching the whole series. In this case, The Stranger doesn’t really catch your eye off the bat. Actually, you’d be better off just watching some other series else, but like what I just said––it gets stranger.
The series isn’t really known for its dialogue and plot, but it makes up for the fact that it does have one of the best plot twist-esque moments a Netflix series could ever have. It comes in forms of events and better yet, new characters. What’s even better is that these plot twists come at the exact right time, enough for us to forget about the worked up dialogue and makes us watch even more which is the most important part.
In the opening scenes, we’re introduced to a fine man named Adam Price, played by Richard Armitage, who is a lawyer but also a part-time father of teenage kids attending football practice.
I don’t know how much of the plot I can really disclose here but hear me out. Whilst in football practice, Price was interrupted by a very mysterious woman who informs him of his wife Corrine––played by Dervla Kirwan––and how she faked her pregnancy as well as the miscarriage a couple of years back. This completely bothers Price, asking himself if he’s really the father of his two sons.
A couple of scenes later, we’re introduced with a fresh concept from the series––a different point-of-view. Literally. We’re now within grasp of Siobhan Finneran who plays Johanna Griffin in the series and Kadiff Kirwan who plays Wesley Ross. See, it gets stranger.
Being directed by Daniel O’Hara and Hannah Quinn, their audiences are sure to be hooked by The Stranger which was an adaptation of Harlan Coben’s 2015 novel of the same name. I love the directors and I also love giving these kinds of shows a chance with success. Just look at the bright side––if they’re able to surprise you in just the first 15 minutes of the first episode, imagine what it can do when it finishes. Mind. Blown.