The Wilds is a 2020 Amazon series.
0 out of 10 stars. If I could give this a negative 25, I would. Teen porn, profanity, and violence are not what American teen girls are about. It’s very obvious the person who wrote and directed this knows nothing about American teen girls.
This is a very convoluted and unrealistic plot. A fired psychiatrist puts together a motley crew of staff to create a simulated survivalist situation for eight troubled teen girls. The girls think they’re going on a summer retreat. But really their parents have signed them up for boot camp to make them more docile and easy to manage. The parents, however, don’t know that the camp they’ve signed them up for doesn’t exist and really their daughters are being dumped on a deserted island and left to survive on their own for a month.
Each of these girls has serious issues. Here they are.
LEAH. Leah is obsessed with a thirty year old man who is a published author. He came to speak at her high school and she lied to him and told him she was 18. They slept together then someone mailed him her birth certificate and he dumped her on the spot. She immediately went into a downward spiral where she became violent, self destructive, and dangerous. So her parents signed her up for the retreat.
FATIN. Fatin is a Pakistani-American with two type A personality parents. They’re millionaires and Fatin has designer clothes and way too much money at her disposal. She’s a nymphomaniac, which means she sleeps with every man she can and isn’t picky about whom she sleeps with. She’s also a cello virtuoso because her mother makes her practice at least four hours each day. Then one day Fatin discovers her dad is a nympho like her and has been sending his penis pics to a dozen strange women with whom he is having sex. So she sends these pics to everyone in his contacts list. Her parents are furious and send her to the retreat.
MARTHA and TONI. Martha and Toni are Native American girls who have been friends through thick and thin and years in foster care. Martha is a virgin and chubby. Toni is an athlete, a lesbian, and very violent. She’s destructive and Martha usually has to clean up the mess. It’s unclear how they ended up here, but it’s hinted that Toni hurt someone and was forced to come while Martha came along as support.
SHELBY. Shelby is a pageant queen and a devout Christian who spends most of her time working out and doing community service for the church. Her father is abusive and addicted to working out. He has an impossible standard and expects his entire family to adhere to it. They are terrified of him. She has two missing teeth for which she wears a dental appliance that no one knows about. It’s hinted at that her father beat her and knocked her teeth out. It’s also hinted at in one episode that she is actually bisexual, but afraid to let anyone know. She has a friend name Becca who was sexually molested when she was 13 by a 19 year old. They trash the guy’s car and end up kissing each other. Afraid her father will find out, she threatens Becca and calls her disgusting. Becca kills herself and Shelby finds out ten minutes before her pageant performance. She competes and wins, but her dad already knows and signs her up for the retreat.
RACHEL and NORA. Rachel and Nora are twin sisters (fraternal). Rachel has been a diving athlete on the national team for years, but just got cut from the team for being “too big”. She’s bulimic and has violent outbursts. Nora is her parents’ favorite. Like her literary parents, Nora enjoys word games and literature. Rachel doesn’t and has never felt that she fit into their family. Eventually Rachel’s aggression is directed at Nora and she’s very cruel. That’s how she ends up at the retreat. It’s unclear why Nora gets stuck going with her.
DOT. Dot is a chubby drug dealer. She’s no one’s friend and there’s a reason for that. She has a dying dad and takes care of him until he finally asks her to kill him. She does. As a dying wish, her father asks that she call Dr. Gretchen Klein who will keep her out of foster care. Klein is the Dr. Mengele of this series, the psycho behind the experiment. In exchange for Dot “managing” the group Dr. Klein promises to keep her out of foster care. Even when Jeanette dies, Dot hides the fact that she’s one of the bad guys and can actually get them out with one phone call.
JEANETTE. Jeanette is a grad student hired by Dr. Klein to pretend to be one of the girls. She was drugged with Rohypnol and date raped by two men who filmed it and published the video online. Dr. Klein hires her to be the ringer and mole, to inform on the girls and guide them. She knows there’s another mole (Dot), but doesn’t know who she is. When the plane crash is staged, Jeanette sees the girls unconscious from the drugged drinks and has flashbacks to when she was date raped. She freaks out and when she tries to run, Thom, another of Dr. Klein’s staff, grabs her and accidentally knocks her into the dock. She suffers internal injuries and dies in the first twenty-four hours after the girls are stranded. Still Dr. Klein continues with her experiment.
So let’s talk about how dumb this series is. These girls wouldn’t have survived more than three days in the wild like this. And they seem incredibly naive about how it is that only one of them had crash injuries (Jeanette). They’re very unrepresentative of any American teen girls. In fact, they’re much more British than American. They speak in European slang with a lot of vulgarity that American teens don’t use, so much so it detracts from the actual story. There’s one scene in which Toni graphically depicts with her tongue and a mussel how to give oral sex to another girl and the comments from the other girls are things British adult males would say, not American teen girls. It was pretty disgusting.
0 out of 10 stars. Most of Amazon’s series are pretty awful. This is another one, but more revolting than most of the others.