In Review: The Mysterious Benedict Society (S1 – EPS 1 & 2) ‘A Bunch of Smart Orphans’ & ‘Carrying A Bird’

Four gifted orphans vie for a prestigious scholarship. The final result is stranger than imagined.
Mysterious

Synopsis: In ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’. Four gifted orphans vie for a prestigious scholarship. The final result is stranger than imagined.

 

The Story

When young Reynie Muldoon is sent to compete for a scholarship at one of the finest schools. He finds himself recruited by the mysterious Mr. Benedict who has put together a team made up of four exceptional kids. So, the adventure begins as Raynie, Sticky, Kate, and the terribly rude Constance Contraire are asked to figure out who is behind ‘The Emergency’. Mr. Benedict tells them that the emergency is transmitted by one person through the media. It is designed to put fear in the hearts of the people, which makes them more open to suggestion. In order to fulfill this mission, the kids are sent undercover as students at the L.I.V.E. Institute.

 

The Acting

Mystic Inscho is well cast as Reynie Muldoon and he carries much of the first episode, which sees the four kids brought together. Indeed, the initial scenes where Reynie is in the orphanage and talking to his teacher really helps set him up for the rest of the episode. This sees Raynie taking a number of tests to get the attention of Mr. Benedict. This leads to Reynie meeting the other members of his team as further testing is done.

Seth Carr plays the role of George (Sticky) Washington who has the ability to remember everything he is exposed to. Which proves fairly useful. Indeed, he gets a great moment in the second episode in which he tells the other kids his story.

Rounding out the team is Emmy DeOliveira as Kate Wetherall who has a MacGyver-like quality to her as she carries everything she needs in a bucket. And we also have Marta Kessler as Constance Contraire who seems to get by in life by being obnoxiously rude and pretty much cheats at everything. I think as the youngest member of the main cast that Kessler is probably having the most fun. I mean let’s face it. She is being paid to be really naughty. What kid wouldn’t enjoy that.

In terms of the adult cast members. We have Tony Hale as the mysterious Mr. Benedict and MaameYaa Boafo as Rhonda who has some really fun scenes.

 

Overall

These opening two episodes are a great start for ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’. The cast of characters is all fun and memorable and the storyline is quite clever for a kids’ show and doesn’t talk down to its audience. Indeed, it expects its viewers to make a bit of a leap of faith and go with the flow. Additionally, the visual style of the show has an old-fashioned look to it, which will immediately put you in mind of films such as ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ and ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’.

Additionally, the plot could well be an adult show given that it is a nice play on modern-day conspiracy theories and fake news.

Overall. A really strong start. I can’t wait to see where this goes and how the characters will develop.

 

9.4
The Mysterious Benedict Society (S1 - EPS 1 & 2) 'A Bunch of Smart Orphans' & 'Carrying A Bird'
  • Story
    9.2
  • Acting
    9.5
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.8
  • Incidental Music
    9.0

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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