[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for The Idol, Season 1 Episode 1, “Pop Tarts & Rat Tails.”]
Take into consideration the worst pop tune you’ve ever heard: Maybe there was a lyric that felt misplaced, or a riff that didn’t sit proper. Perhaps the tune was reductive, uninspired, pressured, or out of contact. Extra possible, although, for a tune to go from inconsequential to outright detestable, it must be grating. It must be repetitive. It must be boring.
To be boring is the worst sin a pop tune can commit. Alongside comparable strains, sadly, HBO‘s The Idol, proves to be a sorry substitute for the Sunday night lineups many viewers have grown to like — and received’t be caught in your head anytime quickly.
Helmed by Sam Levinson, a creator finest identified for HBO’s Euphoria and being dismissive of conversations round consent and onscreen nudity, the premise is simple sufficient to observe: The primary episode introduces us to Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp), a pop star on the top of her youth and wonder however struggling to get well from a extremely publicized “psychotic break.”
We’re within the lead-up to a brand new single from Jocelyn, a comeback of kinds, and her anxious assistant and finest buddy Leia (Rachel Sennott), longtime supervisor Chaim (Hank Azaria), and publicist (Dan Levy, who appears to be performing in a extra whimsical and hopefully higher present) flit round her nervously, making an attempt to appease her and preserve her days on observe. Her innermost circle is rounded out by different notable figures with much less outlined roles, performed by Troye Sivan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Jane Adams.
The Idol has been making headlines for a while now, and largely for lower than savory causes: An in depth and well-sourced piece from Rolling Stone described a present that started as an attention-grabbing commentary on stardom and descended into self-parody and one thing extra akin to “torture porn.” Whereas refuting the outline, Sam Levinson responded at Cannes by saying, “I feel we’re about to have the most important present of the summer season.”