Actuality TV is often a style I keep away from just like the plague, particularly on Netflix, the place the class is dominated by rubbish like Too Scorching to Deal with, The Circle, Love is Blind, and The Ultimatum. Nonetheless, my latest habit is the just-released Netflix sequence Is She the Wolf, a Japanese actuality present that’s been a longtime hit in its residence nation and which the streamer has now barely repurposed for its personal international viewers. What’s extra, not solely is that this Netflix sequence an addictive watch that it’s onerous to tug your self away from, however I believe the music alone will even draw loads of viewers to it.
If I’m not mistaken, Is She the Wolf is the primary Netflix sequence to make use of the music of BTS as its theme tune — on this case, it’s the tune Lights that the group recorded particularly for the Japanese market. At the least one different BTS tune can be heard at key moments in the course of the present — the tune Faux Love, appropriately sufficient.
To that final level, the present’s method that made it a smash hit for 13 seasons in Japan is as follows:
5 males and 5 ladies embark on a seek for real love, spending time in a gaggle home whereas additionally occurring dates and dealing on a gaggle undertaking. The twist is that not less than one of many ladies has been designated as a “wolf.” She’s not allowed to fall in love and should make it to the tip of the sport with out being came upon by anybody. Per Netflix, “Meaning all of the contestants who are usually not ‘wolves’, in addition to the viewers, are always making an attempt to determine if the connections which can be blossoming on the present are actually the beginnings of true romance, or just the misleading maneuvers of the ‘wolves’.”
I don’t actually know what would forestall the wolf from pursuing a romance with one of many contestants after the present is over, however that’s sort of inappropriate. It’s tremendous simple to get caught up in Is She the Wolf, which has 12 episodes accessible on Netflix. I actually haven’t been capable of cease myself from watching one episode after one other, although I can’t actually put my finger on anybody particular a part of this Netflix sequence that’s drawn me to it.
The twist, actually, is fascinating — with out giving an excessive amount of away, it shouldn’t come as a shock that one of many wolves finds herself combating the truth that she’s caught emotions for somebody. The present additionally has not one of the ridiculous drama, cattiness, and outlandishness of American actuality TV, which is one other plus.
Moreover, the Japanese setting is extremely tranquil and makes for an altogether enjoyable, escapist little bit of TV, regardless of the present’s premise. It actually looks like this one has all of the makings of a sleeper hit.