Wednesday: Season One Review – IGN

This is a spoiler-free review for Wednesday, which hits Netflix November 23.

In the quintessential cast group, Gina Ortega as Wednesday Addams belongs alongside the likes of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark and Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier. Netflix’s new series, Wednesday, gives Ortega a creepy, groovy playing field that she can easily make her own, despite a few bumps in the road.

Since it’s not an adaptation, sequel, or reboot of the Addams Family movies or series, Wednesday has to create his own world on his own terms. There are a lot of tributes given to the very hilarious Charles Addams family with the heartfelt love for the castaways on full display throughout.

Tim Burton (director of episodes 1-4) and legendary composer Danny Elfman continue to work together like peanut butter and jelly, but don’t expect Wednesday to be as extravagant as some of Burton’s bright fare. It’s a cliche, but “scary and eerie” really are the perfect descriptors here. There is some delightful gore throughout the series, but there is also a lot of fluff. It’s hard to balance the two, but models Alfred Gough and Miles Millar have found quite a bit of success.

Ortega’s performance on Wednesday certainly plays a major role in this success. Given the character’s apathy and generally morose disposition, it can be difficult to bring a believable energy to the table. However, it is Ortega’s ability to act with her own eyes and choose to save the few emotional moments when they are truly It makes Wednesday an effective lead. At this point, we’d expect Gwendolyn Christie to be exceptional (and she is), but Joy Sunday’s Bianca Barclay and Enid Sinclair’s Emma Myers also deserve a mention.

It’s always a nuisance when you have to give a little credence to your preemptive reaction on the Internet, but the one performer who doesn’t work is Luis Guzman. It’s not the look that people were gritting their teeth – Guzmán and the costume department handled it just fine! However, whether it’s due to the direction or the actor struggling to speak up about the dentures he wears in his character, it simply doesn’t meet Gomez Addams’ charisma requirements. However, Gomez and the rest of the Addams family are out on Wednesdays in a very limited amount, so don’t worry about this pulling too much out of the story.

It’s a fun, silly, and sometimes gory premise for young, budding horror fans.


What is taken away from the story, however, are the characterizations of the angelic boys surrounding Adams Wednesday. No fault of Hunter Doohan or Percy Hines White, Tyler and Xavier (played by the two actors, respectively) are cut into the tenderest, most delicate pieces of soaked bread since Harvey Kinkel’s Adventures of Sabrina. The struggles or misgivings about these young people are unbelievable at any time. Meanwhile, as Sunday does what she can with the queen bee Bianca, her most interesting story plays in the background while Tyler and Xavier are front and center in favor of a lackluster love triangle that not even Wednesday is interested in being a part of.

Still, Wednesday is a huge success. It’s a fun, silly, and sometimes gory premise for budding young horror fans looking for a step up from Scooby-Doo. Elfman’s score is stunning, as always, and the set design is just the right amount of over the top. Putting friendship first is a tough challenge for Wednesday to master, but her relationship with new boyfriend Enid is believable and heartwarming (but don’t tell Wednesday that).

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