The One on Netflix.

ENTERTAINMENT – “The One”, Another Sci-Fi Series on DNA Matchmaking, Now Streaming on Netflix

An eight-episode series now available on Netflix.

At first glance, the Netflix limited series “The One” seems like a perfect match for a weekend binge-watch. A slick, fast-paced, lurid, sci-fi thriller with a great-looking and talented cast, set in a world where a groundbreaking new DNA test can match you with your perfect partner, aka THE ONE? With murder, corporate intrigue, risky love affairs, double- and triple-crossing also on the menu? An eight-episode series now available on Netflix.

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Indeed, writer-producer Howard Overman’s adaptation of the novel of the same name by John Marrs is a handsomely mounted production filled with bloody cliffhangers and putatively shocking reveals, but with each passing episode we actually become LESS interested in the main characters and the increasingly ludicrous storylines that depend upon a whole bunch of supposedly smart people doing a whole lot of stupid things. Even more frustrating than the underwhelming resolutions to certain storylines are the loose threads left hanging all over the place. Perhaps the intention is to pick up some of those plot points in a Season Two of “The One,” but if and when that happens, count me out. There’s just not enough substance beneath all the style on display here to sustain this season, let alone a second.

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Once you connect with your perfect mate, you’ll know lasting and true love and live happily ever after.

In a premise not dissimilar to “Soulmates” on AMC, “The One” takes place “five minutes in the future,” where scientific advances involving ant pheromones — yes, ant pheromones and just go with it — have led to a breakthrough for a DNA-based dating app that will match you with your one true love, no matter where he or she lives. Once you connect with your perfect mate, you’ll know lasting and true love and live happily ever after. Of course, if you happen to be involved with someone else at the time, it can get complicated, but hey: DNA don’t lie.

Hannah Ware (“Boss”) is a striking presence as Rebecca Webb (as in the world wide web, as in a web of deceit!), the charismatic and globally famous scientist turned CEO and co-founder of MatchDNA, the billion-pound British company that has matched tens of millions with their soulmates. Rebecca herself is the best advertisement for the technology; she concludes every jam-packed auditorium presentation by bringing out HER perfect match: Ethan (Wilf Scolding), who’s endearingly sheepish about the whole thing at first but then wows the audience by engaging in a long and passionate kiss with Rebecca as the crowd goes wild.

 

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Hannah Ware stars in “The One” on Netflix.

But Hannah lives in constant fear Mark will give into the temptation of seeking his one true love…

In rapid fashion, we’re introduced to a number of other key characters as “The One” splits into a number of distinct and eventually overlapping storylines:

  • Behind the scenes, Rebecca has ice water in her veins and won’t hesitate a moment to manipulate events and destroy careers, as Stephen Campbell Moore’s wealthy investor, Damian, schemes to take over the company. “If I feel my investment in this company is under threat, I’ll throw you under a bus!” Damian tells Rebecca, just so we’re clear he’ll, you know, throw her under a bus.
  • In flashback scenes to the not-so-distant past, Rebecca and her best friend and fellow researcher James (Dimitri Leonidas) have reached a breakthrough in the lab with the DNA technology — but they can’t test it out on humans without breaking the law as well as betraying their friendship with Rebecca’s flat mate Ben (Amir El-Masry), who is clearly in love with Rebecca.
  • Eric Kofi-Abrefa’s Mark is a freelance journalist who writes frequently about MatchDNA and is hopelessly in love with his wife Hannah (Lois Chimimba). But Hannah lives in constant fear Mark will give into the temptation of seeking his one true love — so she secretly sends a thread of Mark’s hair to DNAMatch and befriends his match, in the hopes of keeping her away from Mark. Dubious plan, Hannah.
  • Zoe Tapper’s Kate is a no-nonsense police detective investigating the discovery of a body in the Thames — an incident initially classified as a suicide that might actually be … MURDER, and could well involve Rebecca and/or James. Meanwhile, Kate has found her true match in Sophia (Jana Perez), a stunning beauty who lives in Barcelona and is making plans to come to London and start a new life with Kate. Problem is, Sophia’s whose life is extremely complicated. Extremely. Kate might be a great detective when it comes to solving crimes, but she’s utterly clueless in navigating Sophia’s secret world.

Problem is, Sophia’s whose life is extremely complicated.

There’s a lot more going on, involving the British government possibly cracking down on the controversial DNA technology, which would essentially put Rebecca’s company out of business; a charming French surf instructor and his troublesome younger brother; a corrupt cop playing both sides of the fence, and the occasional beating or shooting that takes place as one cover-up leads to another.

“The One” has no shortage of hiss-worthy villains and conflicted anti-heroes trying to do the right thing even as they’re pulled this way and that, but precious little time is spent on what happens to couples after they’ve been matched for life. Do they ever break up, does the passion ever subside, do they remain in a state of movie-like bliss? Instead, the focus is on the convoluted and largely unsatisfying crime mysteries, none of them particularly gripping.

Source: IMDB, Chicago Sun Times

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ENTERTAINMENT – “Soulmates” Offers Incontrovertible Proof that Science is the Answer to Finding One’s Love Match!

People in long-term relationships should not be content in believing they’ve already made the right choice.

In the very near future, a test is developed that incontrovertibly lets a person know who their soulmate is. The new science is clear, and no matter a person’s current relationship status, whether they are single, dating or even married, this test will unmistakably point a person in the direction of their actual, scientifically determined soulmate. People in long-term relationships should not be content in believing they’ve already made the right choice. Even if a person seems to be deep in love with their current partner, this test may just prove that they are mistaken. After all, science knows best.

Creators: Will Bridges, Brett Goldstein

Starring: Malin Akerman, Shamier Anderson, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Betsy Brandt, Georgina Campbell

 

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Set in an unspecified ‘near future’ (subtly visualized by the predominance of wafer-thin transparent mobile phones and super hi-tech computer screens – no jets packs or futuristic space cars here!) curious romantics can avail themselves of the services of a company called Soul Connex, which has developed an algorithm than can determine a person’s perfect partner with 100% accuracy. Once the test is taken, it’s up to the applicant to decide whether they want to locate and meet up with their ‘soulmate’ bearing in mind that the test can also reveal that their soulmate hasn’t yet taken the test so is entirely unknown to them. Across six intriguing episodes, Soulmates asks the audience to ponder whether love really can be determined by predestination or whether the right to choose and make an informed decision is an implacable and fundamental part of the human experience.

Soulmates offers up some tantalizing possibilities…

It’s surely entirely coincidental that, at a time when practically the entire population of the Earth is being advised to keep away from one another and ‘social distancing’ has become the public norm, TV has turned its attention to the eternally vexed question of intimate human relationships and how people come together to find the one person they’d quite like to spend the rest of their lives with. Netflix’s The One has just arrived but stealing the march by a few weeks is Prime’s original anthology series Soulmates, potentially frustrating viewing not just for lockdown lotharios but also for casual viewers  who would rather appreciate the opportunity to go out and meet any real human being regardless of their potential as lifelong romantic partner material.

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Soulmates offers up some tantalizing possibilities, ranging from the vexed question of an already married couple, their curiosity piqued by their acquaintances’ experiences with ‘the test’ quietly wondering if they are really with the person they are meant to be paired up with to the terrifying questions that arise if you discover that your ‘soulmate’ has distinctly psychopathic tendencies in series finale (and strongest episode) The (Power) Ballad of Caitlin Jones. If you’re paired with him… what does that make you? Episode 2, The Lovers, is a sinister – if ultimately predictable – Fatal Attraction-like thriller starring David Costabile as David Maddox, an esteemed college lecturer with a bright future ahead of him whose soulmate Allison (Sonya Cassidy) has tracked him down, even though he is already married to much younger woman who just happens to be his boss’s daughter.

 

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Break on Through is a sobering study of grief…

Layover is a gloriously madcap and breathless romp set in Mexico in which Mateo (Bill Skarsgård), en route to meet his soulmate Miguel in Colombia, encounters plausible grifter Jonas (Nathan Lewis-Jarrett) who promptly steals his passport before leading him into a wild night of gambling, theft and drugs. Break on Through is a sobering study of grief and how Kurt (Charlie Heaton) comes to terms with the death of his soulmate before he even has a chance to meet her. The only weak link in the series is the slightly tiresome Little Adventure, which treads ground already familiar from first episode, Watershed, and is undermined by an irritating performance from Laia Costa as the needy Libby.

In fact, the whole issue of the series’ potential for revisiting familiar themes does lead us to wonder where the second series – already commissioned – can go and how many variations on this particular concept there can actually be. Series co-creator/co-writer Brett Goldstein (an underrated British comedy talent) has spoken of the show having the legs to run for a good five series. We’re not too sure about that but we’re happy for now to give him the benefit of any doubt on the basis of this promising, compelling and thought-provoking first series.

Where to watch: Soulmates is available on Prime Video 

Source: IMDB, Starburst

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ENTERTAINMENT – Have You Watched Captain Kirk, I Mean “Shatner in Space” on Prime?

This documentary is indescribably touching as it captures the Star Trek actor’s rocket voyage. Even if it is a Jeff Bezos ego trip

There are two competing schools of thought when it comes to William Shatner’s space mission. The first is characterized by a kind of awestruck wonder over the beautiful symmetry of it all: Shatner starred in Star Trek, Star Trek inspired a generation of engineers, the engineers built a rocket, the rocket flew Shatner into space. The second tends to think that letting a billionaire indulge an actor by flying him to the brink of the atmosphere in a spaceship shaped like a willy might not be the best use of our resources.

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Shatner in Space is firmly for the first crowd. A 45-minute documentary about his mission, it airs on Amazon Prime. Jeff Bezos owns Amazon Prime. He also owns the rocket that Shatner flew on. Anyone expecting even an iota of criticism would be better off looking elsewhere.

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If you watched the news coverage of William Shatner’s journey into space on Bezos’s Blue Origin spaceship, New Shepard, you’ll have a rough idea of what will happen here. A 90-year-old man, at the invitation of the world’s richest man, travels up to the edge of space and returns transformed. Upon leaving the capsule on its return to Earth, Shatner tries to grasp at the profundity of what he saw up there; wide-eyed and slack-jawed, he struggles to articulate the fragility of life on Earth. Meanwhile, Bezos cuts him off to spray some champagne around like a tinpot go-kart champion.

 

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The champagne moment, unsurprisingly, has been sliced out of Shatner in Space. What’s left walks a fragile line. The show is part monument to Bezos’s ego, because of course it is, but it is also an incredible document of a man at the end of his life witnessing the great beyond. If you can stomach the former, there’s a good chance that the latter will move you to tears.

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William Shatner inside a Jeff Bezos ego tri… sorry, rocket. Photograph: Amazon

Here, Shatner acts like a man who knows his time is coming. He speaks almost exclusively with a hushed sincerity that is frequently at odds with those around him. In a quiet moment with Bezos, for example, Shatner leans in and asks if he is scared of death. Coming from anyone else, it would be a stone-cold conversation killer. But Shatner’s age, and his yearning to know what’s next, can’t help but draw you in. You are forever on his side.

In the run-up to the launch, Shatner shares an incredible story. When Star Trek was cancelled in the 1960s, his affectations of celebrity cratered around him. His marriage ended. He couldn’t afford a home, so he bought a truck and lived in it. And it’s from the truck that Shatner watched the moon landing. A man who had played an iconic space adventurer, watching mankind’s greatest moment at his lowest ebb. Sure, it’s probably a story he has told countless times before, and over the years it is likely to have been sanded and smoothed for maximum impact, but it lends his space trip a lovely poetry.

When Star Trek was cancelled in the 1960s, his affectations of celebrity cratered around him.

Shatner’s willy-shaped spaceship. Photograph: LM Otero/AP

The voyage itself is equally revelatory. As the rocket reaches its highest point, and everyone is allowed to unclip themselves, most of the passengers start giggling at the sensation of weightlessness. Not Shatner, though. He clings on to the window, staring at the blackness of space, eyes wide with revelation. “That’s it,” he whispers to himself. “I’ve got it.”

William (centre) may finally get to go to space for real (Picture: Moviestore/Shutterstock)

Now, part of me thinks that, if Jeff Bezos got his way, then everything that ever airs on Amazon Prime would be a variation of Shatner in Space. We’d be beaten over the head with long, lush pro-Amazon infomercials that could never really be shown anywhere else because they border so shamelessly on propaganda. But in this instance, I’m inclined to cut it a break. Shatner in Space is a document of what space means to Shatner, and what Shatner means to everyone he has inspired. The sight of him immediately postflight, crying and wrestling with the magnitude of what he has just witnessed, is indescribably touching. What an unexpected treat.

Source: IMDB, The Guardian, Metro

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