Netflix has been drowning its audience in a tsunami of entertainment, the latest wave of which came in the form of its new supernatural drama, ‘The Order’. The year has already been a good one for the streaming giant with shows like ‘Russian Doll’ and ‘The Umbrella Academy’ being consumed by people in one sitting. And these are just the starters, the main course is still to come with some of the most highly anticipated shows, like ‘The Witcher’ and ‘The Crown’, debuting or returning this year. Until then, the small offerings are doing a good job of keeping people occupied, and ‘The Order’ is another in line to serve this purpose. For the fans of the supernatural genre, it is a great way of spending their weekend. If you loved shows like ‘Teen Wolf’ or ‘The Magicians’ or anything that had something to do with magic and wolves, then you’re all set. For the people who have their hearts set on vampires, it’ll be a disappointment. It’s not a spoiler if I tell you that no charming, blood-sucking creatures will be stealing the thunder of other mythical creatures in this show. However, if you choose to read this further, I’m not making promises!
Summary of the Plot
Before we dive head-first into the mythology and the machinations that went inside the making of this show, here is an overall gist of what happened. The story began with Jack Morton standing over his mother’s grave, telling her that he has been accepted into Belgrave University, right as the words on the letter change in front of his eyes. Turns out, the university has a secret society of magicians, called The Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose, and it has been Jack’s life-long mission, and that of his grandfather’s, to get into the university and the society so that they can find, and most probably kill, Jack’s father, Edward Coventry. Obviously, Jack succeeds in all this, and quickly proves his worth in front of everyone, while trying to solve the murders of his fellow recruits. Soon, he discovers that the Order is not the only secret society in the university. The werewolves have their own pack, the Knights of Saint Christopher, and they are the sworn enemies of the magicians. And the bad news for Jack is that he manages to land himself smack in the middle of their age-old conflict.
Blue Roses and Furry Hides
One of the things that work in favour of ‘The Order’ is the originality of its concepts. It doesn’t hesitate from twisting and turning the old ideas to frame something new out of it. The creators must have anticipated that the bulk audience of this show would be the people who are the ardent fans of the genre, and this means that they would have already watched the multitude of shows that came before it. If you give them the same old story with the same old creatures, then there’s really no sense in wasting your time and energy on a new series, only to face the disappointment of the viewers. Safe to say, ‘The Order’ will not disappoint you on that front.