‘The Order’ satirical, with cult themes


Who doesn’t associate cults with college? If you don’t, then you’re going to get a new outlook in the new Netflix original series “The Order.” Now, I’m not pointing fingers at certain colleges that may or may not have cults…. but Belgrave University definitely fulfills the qualifications.

The fictional Belgrave University is no ordinary facility, but freshman Jack Morton already knows this. He always knew he’d be going to this school because it was his and his grandfather’s goal to join the secret society, the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose. Jack grew up knowing about society, so it was never much of a secret to him.

Yet, once Jack enters the society, he is thrown into a world of magic, monsters and mystery that he did not expect. It is all worth it to Jack. He is willing to do anything it takes to avenge his mother’s death caused by the society’s leader.

“The Order” is satirically funny. The humor is done perfectly and could even be described as “college humor.” Not only does the dialogue create laughter, but there are small actions and facial expressions, sometimes too small to notice at first, that help build the great humor the series pertains.

The plot is intriguing and different from typical fantasy stuff. A group of werewolves are the good guys fighting against the evil secret society. Werewolves can be portrayed as either good or evil, but putting them against the Order creates an interesting plot.

With a wide variety of different types of characters, the show doesn’t get boring. Jack is charming. He’s the protagonist so he has to be, but his flaws are the typical flaws in protagonists. His love for a girl, his willingness to protect everyone he cares about and doing what is right are common flaws that are usually seen in heroic characters. Nonetheless, everyone wishes Jack the best, and it will be interesting to see a shift in Jack in the second season with how the first season ended.

A lot happened in “The Order” for it only being 10 episodes. Because it is so short, it’s very quick to watch as it is also a show that binge-worthy. Each episode leaves the viewer wanting more, especially the last episode as it is, not necessarily a cliffhanger, but an ending leaving the viewers guessing to what could potentially be in store for the next season. Anyone interested in mythical elements will enjoy the show.

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)