Netflix’s Clickbait Series Review
Available On: Netflix
Released: August 25, 2021
Clickbait is an eight episode mini-series that follows the story of Nick Brewer. When the generally well-liked husband and father turns up missing, an ominous video of him goes viral that threatens his life. Each episode follows a new character as they work to find Nick Brewer and unravel the mystery of his abduction.
Though this series is not a real story, it is based on elements of our modern internet culture that are eerily accurate. Seeing social media used in the plot was a fresh twist that sets Clickbait apart from other true crime series. I found the series to be the perfect length. The creators allowed viewers to made predictions along with the characters as the investigation was underway. At the same time, there was never a filler episode that harmed the flow of the show. Each episode was intriguing, well acted, and visually interesting.
The plot twists truly caught me off guard, which was incredibly refreshing. It is always nice when a show finds new ways to keep you on your toes. Despite the true crime label, this series was not gruesome or difficult to watch. If you have a sensitive stomach, you should have no issues watching all eight episodes. Some topics may be upsetting, but visually there is nothing difficult to watch.
The writers did a good job at developing each of the side characters. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the format in the first episode, but I cannot imagine this story being told any other way. Though I mentioned it before, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the internet was utilized in this series. From new apps being created, to teenagers having online friends, and even to how publicized investigations can get over social media, it all felt accurate and added to the immersion of the show.
I will not give out any spoilers for this show because I highly encourage everybody to watch it. It is the perfect balance of true crime content and normalcy so you will not be losing any sleep (unlike the Dahmer series that still haunts me.)
Have you watched Clickbait? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!