At the end of last week, I was browsing through Netflix, looking for something to watch by myself, when I stumbled across a French miniseries, The Chalet.
The premise pulled me in immediately: “A reunion of childhood friends at a remote chalet in the French Alps soon turns into a desperate struggle for survival as they get cut-off from rest of the world and a shocking dark secret from the past surfaces.” (quoted from IMDB)
<p>Just from this one liner, I knew that I would greatly enjoy this show. Suspense/mystery drama that takes place in beautiful, rural France? Only six episodes? It was a no-brainer, and I almost finished it in one sitting. (I didn’t, only because I started on a Thursday and had work the next day.)
The best way I can think of to describe this show is that it’s one of those guilty pleasure crime/drama novels (that I love, as I’ve previously mentioned) in show form. The plot has a lot of twists and turns, some of which I predicted from the beginning, but some of which I did not expect at all. I can’t really elaborate without spoiling the plot, so I’ll leave it at that.
This definitely isn’t a “quality” show. You can tell the production value was low (not necessarily bad, but there was an instance of CGI where it really shows, and the credits looked like something a middle schooler made with Windows Movie Maker), and the whole vibe was very soap-operaesque. While I appreciated that there were some more complex characters, some were also very one-dimensional. I also felt that some of the characters’ actions were inexplicable or didn’t make sense from a writing perspective.
Regardless, it made for a very entertaining six hours of my life, and I don’t regret watching it. I definitely recommend this show if you’re looking for an entertaining, low commitment mystery series.