Elite – Review of the new Spanish TV series by Netflix
If years later you still lack the snobbish atmospheres of Gossip Girl, if after the famous thirteen tapes you can no longer imagine the …
If years later you still lack the snobbish atmospheres of Gossip Girl, if after the famous thirteen tapes you can no longer imagine the reconstruction of a crime that does not involve the slow uncovering of gory backstories directly from the point of view of the various characters involved, if the Riverdale clichés still haven’t bothered you then Elitethe branded series of the moment Netflix, is for you. After the unexpected success of the Paper House, another Spanish series returns to attract the attention of the international public, but this time the protagonists and the target audience are teenagers.
Let’s find out about Elite in detail
What could ever happen if three “normal” kids find themselves, thanks to a scholarship, to study in the most elite and prestigious school in the city, Las Encinas? It is like when a different species introduces itself into an ecosystem, altering it irrevocably, to the point of total compromise.
Veterans from the collapse of their old school (built, coincidentally, by one of the parents of the rich people of Encinas), the three newcomers, Samuel, Nadia and Cristian, will immediately understand that in order to survive in the glossy world of their new class they will have to go down to compromise; but they will not be the only ones, because even their companions, unexpectedly, will undergo notable changes, some of which, perhaps, irreversible.
Thus the stories of Samuel and his brother Nano, recently released from prison, intertwine, both attracted by the beautiful and damned Marina, the rebel of the school. But this is not the only love triangle waiting for us: the young and unscrupulous Cristian does not miss the opportunity to get close to the most famous couple of the school, Carla and Polo, who hide their difficulties and their perversions under a crystalline facade; the upright Nadia, the first of the class, of Palestinian origin, succumbs to the charm of Guzman who, after having bet with the perfidious bed friend Lucrecia to make the naive fall at her feet, finds himself in spite of himself more involved than he wished; and finally Ander, more in love with his pusher Omar than with the drug he supplies, a sweet and fragile boy dominated by his father’s will, just like his Muslim peer.
If the amorous plots outlined so hastily can make us think of the plot of one of the worst soap operas of any afternoon on Italian generalist TV, however the depth of the characters and their facets contribute to making Elite a good quality product, also thanks to the inclusion of some “strong” themes, especially if approached to the world of adolescents. Among the burning themes dealt with in the series we find everything that mainly concerns the sexual sphere of the protagonists, who discover their homosexuality and bisexuality, who explore free love and the transgression of polyamory. But Élite also has the merit of presenting arguments of social criticism inherent to the excessive gap existing between the wealthiest citizens and the middle class, the difficulty of integration between different cultures and religions, the degradation of the peripheries and the rampant corruption in the higher circles of society. In the background to all this we find the theme of prejudicewhich unites all the protagonists except the only real victim of the story: Marina, a nonconformist character who introduces the true taboo of the story, the HIV virus, of which she is affected.
The series is a successful product thanks to a double thrust: it attracts the public by convincing them that they will see something familiar and then amazes them by inserting themes treated in a modern and current way; is a Spanish product (the excellent idea of including in the cast three of the characters of La casa di Carta, Jaime Lorente, Miguel Herrán and María Pedraza) but it is also, above all, a European product, which deals with situations and realities that are very close to us. more than an American series could ever do with the eternal conflict between whites and blacks, the ubiquitous football and the insufferable cheerleaders.
Elite is not simply the story of a crime, it is the story of our societytold through the events of Las Encinas.