Thursday, June 3, 2021

Panic Season One Episode One


"Do not attempt to recreate these activities" So reads the disclaimer at the outset of Panic. Seems legit. We then start with "Every small town has a secret." Heather is narrating- I remember her being the protagonist from the book. Oh, yeah- this is based on a book by Lauren Oliver, and apparently she wrote the episodes? That was enough to get me to give this a try. So the premise here is that teenagers in Carp, TX play a game called Panic and whoever wins gets $50,000 so they can get the fuck out of Dodge. Seems legit, yeah. Plus what an idea- teens play an edgy game to get out of a loser town. I loved the book and am really curious to see where the show takes this idea.  

"Don't panic." Makes me think of Hitchhiker's Guide. 

So this is Texas even though the book was in NY. The game starts right after graduation and all seniors are eligible to play. We get a montage of some of the challenges- wait, they shot a hornet's nest when a girl was next to it? NO! Anywho, so we have Heather and Natalie, and I guess Bishop too, as the mains? It's graduation and Heather's mom, who's obviously a winner, shows up late. Wow, she's there to borrow money? Mom of the year. Yeah, Heather's obviously gonna play. 

"I'm just fucking with you." Said every jerk ever. 

So Heather's a writer. And her mom is trash. She's got a thing for Bishop and Nat wants to win Panic. Heather's got some money saved and she needs a little more for this accounting class. Ooh, there were fatalities in last years Panic. Heather meets Dodge, a geeky looking new guy and he seems (initially) like kind of a jerk- maybe not. Not sure about the sheriff, frankly. 

Ooh, the game begins! 

First up is the Jump- they gotta take the plunge off a big rock quarry. Don't get squished by rocks. Oh, you can see this coming. Heather's stash is missing. So now she needs cash and where can one find money fast? Well, guess. 

17 comments:

  1. I haven't read the book but it's an intriguing premise for sure. I could see it being a good show.

    Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  2. I haven't heard of this but it sounds so good and right up my alley! I'll definitely be giving this a try!

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  3. Ooh, this sounds kind of creepy!

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  4. I've seen the book, that I know. But I didn't know there was a show as well. I will take a look, my husband will enjoy this one.

    Love how you incorporate the book and the show together in a post. Clever!

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  5. I remember the book being pretty popular when it released several years ago but had no idea it had been adapted. Sounds interesting!

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  6. I am looking forward to watching this show as I loved the book back in the day. Mike Faist is one of my favourite actors, I'm interested to see how he handles this role.

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  7. I loved this book, too! Fun that they've made a TV show from it.

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  8. Oh that sounds crazy. I wold not be playing.

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  9. Wow, all of that in Episode 1 itself? That's some fast paced show, assuming they can maintain it. And these made me laugh so much: ​
    ""I'm just fucking with you." Said every jerk ever."
    ""Don't panic." Makes me think of Hitchhiker's Guide." 😂

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  10. You have me sold on this book - sounds great!

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  11. I have no heard of this before

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  12. I enjoyed the book and like Oliver's writing so I'm looking forward to watching this.

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  13. I didn't even realize this was based on her book! I might give it a go. We just finished Raised by Wolves on HBOMax.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  14. Panic sounds really good, I need something like that to mix up my current reading and movie fare a bit. Hope June is a good month.

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  15. My sister got yelled at for wearing a mask this week, too. Awful. There should be a name for doing that. And punishment.

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  16. I am so, so glad you peer pressured me into watching this 😂😂 Gosh I hated Heather's mom! Like- at first you almost feel a *tiny* bit bad for her, because her life sucks, but then when you find out how many shitty choices she's making, well, no one feels sorry for her anymore!

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  17. I haven't read the book, but I've been eyeing the show on Prime!

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