Spoiler-Free Review of “The Resort” on Peacock: Quirky Comedy Mystery

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“You can relax now…we’re in paradise.”

The Resort premiered on Peacock on July 28th 2022. The first three episodes are available to stream now and the remaining five will air weekly. The dark comedy thriller stars Cristin Milioti, William Jackson Harper, Debby Ryan, Skyler Gisondo, and Nina Bloomgarden. Each episode runs for approximately 35 minutes.

Emma and Noah are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary by taking a relaxing vacation together, but the trip takes an interesting turn when Emma finds an old phone connected to a mystery that happened fifteen years ago.

Here is the trailer:

The Resort is brought to us by the writer of Palm Springs and will instantly give you some of those vibes with a familiar cast and a fun mystery sprinkled in. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Fun characters.

Milioti is absolutely charming as Emma. Her character is a little out there, but I was instantly brought into this world because of her. I also really like the team-up between her and her husband, Noah. He’s kind of dragged into the mystery unwillingly, but he adds in some welcomed humor and I believe the connection between them. 

The supporting characters are a lot of fun as well and I’m curious to find out more about them as the episodes continue.

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A mystery worth sticking around for.

I’m not going to lie, I was pulled in with this particular mystery and I am hooked. I like that the mystery is light and fun while Emma and Noah try to figure it out in present day. I know there will be more to the story, but they are keeping me entertained, which is a very good thing!

The Cons:

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Needs to stay on course…

The series started out really strong for me. I really liked that we were spending time on the issues in Emma and Noah’s marriage to further their development. There was a good balance between this and the mystery in the past and I think that the pacing worked for the most part.

However, as I started to get toward the end of episode three, things started to steer off a little. I’m concerned that the series may get too wrapped up in the mystery and forget about the character development. I’m hoping it can gain back the feel from the first two episodes, but we’ll have to see how this unfolds.

I also think that the idea of this series may be a lot better than the actual execution. There are already some missed opportunities, but I plan on sticking around to see how this turns out.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

This show definitely has a lot of potential with really fun characters and an addicting mystery. I’m looking forward to checking out more episodes!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Resort in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

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Reliving the Same Day in Movies and Television: I’m totally having Déjà vu right now!

“Oh yeah, it means someone’s thinking about you while they’re masturbating. I get it six times a day.” (Danielle in Happy Death Day)

Reliving the same day again and again may seem overused in film and television, but somehow it still works, bringing new and inventive material our way without ever feeling stale and overdone.

So, what is it about Déjà vu? 

After recently watching and thoroughly enjoying the rom-com movie, Palm Springs on Hulu, I started to think about how many movies and television shows center around Déjà vu. Not to mention that some of our favorite television series of all time tend to have at least one episode dealing with some kind of time loop or Déjà vu.

While Groundhog Day still remains as the movie I automatically think about when it comes to Déjà vu, Happy Death Day certainly made a splash and proved that horror comedies can flourish using this theme. There has to be an element of comedy or the concept can become a little repetitive…pun intended.

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Some television series also took a stab at Déjà vu, but they were short-lived.

Remember shows like Tru Calling and Day Break?

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No? I’ll remind you because they were actually pretty fantastic and addicting, but they did not last very long. Tru Calling (starring Eliza Dushku) was canceled after the short second season and Day Break (starring Taye Diggs) only got one season.

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Netflix’s Russian Doll also explored this concept more recently.

But let’s not also forget some of our favorite television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, and Supernatural. They have some pretty amazing stand-out episodes featuring the concept of a time loop or reliving the same day. Honestly, this list goes on and on and I’m sure that if you take a look back at some of your favorite shows, you will most likely find an episode that deals with some kind of time travel or Déjà vu.

Here are my standout episodes:

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Episode “Mystery Spot” (Season 3, episode 11).

Sam continues to relive the same day over and over as Dean dies. He must find a way to save him before time runs out.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Episode “Life Serial” (Season 6, episode 5).

Buffy attempts to find a job, but ends up stuck in a time loop while working at the Magic Box. This brought us some welcomed comedy for sure.

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Charmed

Episode “Déjà Vu All Over Again” (Season 1, episode 22).

Phoebe realizes that she is repeating the same day over and over again. She must figure out a way to save her sisters from a demon, but a new threat is thrown her way at the end of each day.

So the theme of Déjà vu still works, but why? You would think that this would become overdone and yet I find myself enjoying this theme more and more. I think it’s because it allows us to discover something new each time.

Either the character needs to learn a lesson, a life needs to be saved, a sacrifice has to be made, or we have to start looking at something or someone differently than we used to. Maybe it’s even ourselves. I personally welcome this theme and I will always go into it with an open mind, but I think that in order for it to continue to be successful, it needs to do something slightly different each time while maintaining a steady balance of humor as well.

What are YOUR thoughts on Déjà vu in movies and TV?

Feel free to post some of your favorite movies and shows centering around Déjà vu in the comments section below! 

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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