The benefit of The Wilds treading so much of the same glittering narrative water this season as it did in the first is familiarity, one that gives viewers a rock-steady structure to hold onto as they work to make sense of what are (now that Leah’s in on at least some of Gretchen’s sociopathic secrets in the post-island timeline) even twistier games of cat-and-mouse. ... I’m telling you now: it’s magic.
Of course, the girls aren't there by accident — and each episode of The Wilds balances this mystery with woman-vs.-nature drama and flashbacks to the castaways' pre-crash life. Remarkably, both story tracks remain consistently engrossing throughout all 10 episodes, as the writers skillfully weave urgent island dilemmas with each character's personal challenges.
The Wilds is one of the only shows that has an accurate depiction of what it’s like being a teenage girl and with a diverse set of characters to do it with as well. Struggles that vary from an eating disorder, abandonment issues, internalized ****, coded OCD and autism, and so much more. With The Wilds, there was at least one person you can deeply relate to. Its diverse set of character that had BIPOC, ****, and strong female representation. Its beautifully written backstories that are well connected to the characters’ uprising on and off the island. A joy to watch
Of the many peeking over Damon Lindelof's shoulder to copy from Lost's bible, only one has shown the competence to come close to the masterwork of Lost's early seasons. It just took 16 years, and it's about teenage girls.
The sophomore season hurtles through its eight episodes, dropping in satisfying reveals about the girls' island timeline, seeding new mysteries for the larger group, and tackling themes of racism, sexuality, and domestic violence.
And like slumber parties, The Wilds bounces around from silly to interesting and back. It's helped by some very good performances, particularly that of Sarah Pidgeon (Gotham) as Leah, the kid who embraces literature literally. I was also heartened by a few scenes in which the Gen Zs don't seem to come from a galaxy quite so far, far away.
It has to balance them [the girls from season one] with all the boys. A lot of boys. It doesn't balance very well, and the second season seems to undo a lot of the good of the first and muddle its message.
By starting from scratch with a whole new group of characters, The Wilds bifurcates its focus and renders everything more shallow as a result. It is ill-conceived from the jump, digging itself into a narrative hole that it spends far too long trying to get out of.
Best tv show in a long time.
I could watch shoni being in love all day and the chemistry that the girls have is insame. Watching this and these girls and their love and friendship for each other’s felt like home.
Looking forward to season 3 and more scenes between Shelby and Toni
Wow. I caught wind that there might be something special here, and then I watched the trailer and thought it didn’t look like it was for me... but then I decided to just watch the first episode to confirm that it wasn’t gonna be for me... and then I watched all 10 episodes in one sitting.
Man, this struck a chord. And I’m no expert on good writing or acting, but I’m gonna go ahead and say that this was good writing and acting- it was to me anyway. It also scratched my Facts of Life itch that’s been itching for over 30 years. This was a Facts of Life x Lost mashup in all the best ways possible.
So damn good. Can’t wait.