Review: Wednesday

“Wednesday’s child is full of woe…”

On November 23, 2022, The famous writer/director Tim Burton in collaboration with Netflix released their original series called Wednesday. The series consisted of eight episodes which were about 45 minutes long each. 

The new murder mystery show that just aired on Netflix has been gaining a lot of attention on various social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. 

Over my holiday break, I took my time to binge the show Wednesday entirely. I was pleasantly surprised with a series full of twists and turns in which I never grew bored.

The first episode introduces the viewers to the main character Wednesday Addams who’s played by Jenna Ortega. Ortega has been seen in multiple successful series such as You where she played Ellie Alves and Stuck In The Middle as Harley Diaz. The scene starts with Wednesday at a normal high school with her brother Pugsley (Isaac Ordonez). She is seen walking through the crowded hallways where the weary students make way for her. When she arrives at her locker we see her younger brother tied up and shoved into the compact locker. Wednesday grows furious and plans retaliation against the bullies which results in her being expelled and sent to a boarding school for outcasts and unusually gifted students. 

As the series progressed we see Wednesday battling with her new ability of visions, which help her predict and uncover events. Wednesday is also tasked with making new friends, discovering secrets and scandals through the school, and even murder.

Throughout Wednesday’s time at Nevermore Academy, there is a deadly monster on the loose which Wednesday believes is tied to the academy. She takes it upon herself to work with the town’s local sheriff to uncover this mystery, especially after her encounter with it in the forest.  

The series quickly advances with new twists and interesting turns which left me on my toes the whole time. The acting of Ortega also left me pleasantly surprised. I believe she played this role perfectly with an appropriate amount of sarcasm and grim humor. 

As the story progresses we watch Wednesday unveil mysterious events and clues leading up to the multiple murders of the monster in the small town. Along the way Wednesday uncovers dark secrets about her own parents who are alumni of the Nevermore Academy. 

Another plus to this series is watching Wednesday grow as a person, and make new friends along the way. We see her personality shine, and I personally loved seeing her erratic humor and funny sarcastic remarks.

At the end of the series we finally watch Wednesday uncover the dark mystery of Nevermore Academy and find who’s behind all of it. To say the least, this show left me guessing the whole time.

I would definitely recommend this series to everyone who likes mystery and murder dramas, or even just the kooky humor of the Addams family. This series is definitely one that I could watch multiple times and would most likely watch again next year to get in the Halloween spirit.