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Fool Me Once Review

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Picture by Catherine Le

“Fool Me Once,” the latest addition to Netflix’s extensive repertoire of thrillers, promises an enthralling narrative woven with mystery and suspense. Helmed by acclaimed author Harlan Coben, known for his gripping novels, the series follows the tumultuous life of Maya Burkett as she grapples with a shocking revelation after the death of her husband. In this review, we delve into the strengths and shortcomings of “Fool Me Once” to determine if it lives up to the expectations set by its source material.

After the tragic shooting death of her husband, Joe (Richard Armitage), Michelle Keegan’s character, Maya, faces the challenge of rebuilding her life. This involves juggling the exclusive custody of their daughter while working as a helicopter pilot trainer and dealing with Joe’s bothersome affluent family. The family includes Judith (Joanna Lumley), Joe’s mother, along with Neil (James Northcote) and Caroline (Hattie Morahan), Joe’s brother and sister. As the family matriarch, Judith never fully embraced her son’s romantic relationship.

Maya asks, “Did someone question whether she was worthy? Referring to this challenging situation here?” However, when the supposedly deceased Joe unexpectedly appears on nanny cam footage, embracing their child, Maya’s urgency to uncover the truth and protect herself becomes paramount.

The intricacy and incredibility of “Fool Me Once” make it challenging to emphasize its value enough. The plot centers around a police officer (Adeel Akhtar) dealing with peculiar seizures, a military whistleblower, and a cold-case suicide. However, given that this is the latest addition to Netflix’s continued collaboration with American mystery writer Harlan Coben, one could have anticipated its outlandish nature. Coben, who attended Amherst College with Dan Brown, the author of “The Da Vinci Code,” manages to make Brown’s work appear comparatively restrained in literary extravagance.

On the television screen, Keegan proves to be a reliable performer, although her dramatic abilities are seldom challenged by the scripts she encounters. In this instance, she is compelled to embody both the grieving widow and the resilient army veteran.

Conversely, Lumley (Maya’s Mother-in-law) plays a relatively understated role. While Lumley’s character can be irritating on occasion (she condescendingly remarks to Maya about how Maya isn’t used to being a full-time mother, her portrayal of a psychiatrist mother-in-law is a departure from some of Lumley’s more memorable monstrous characters.

“Fool Me Once” is a series that offers moments of suspense and intrigue but has flaws. While the gripping plot and stellar performances manage to capture the audience’s attention, the visual aesthetics and occasional narrative missteps prevent it from reaching its full potential. Whether it’s a worthy addition to your Netflix watchlist may depend on your appetite for Harlan Coben’s signature storytelling style and your tolerance for some of the series’ more predictable elements.

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About the Contributors
Amity Hoque, Editor-In-Chief
Hey Royals! My name’s Amity and I’m a senior. I very much look forward to being the Editor-in-Chief, writing for and leading the school newspaper. This is my second year of Journalism, and I’m excited to make this year in Journalism the best I can. I’m vice president of the IB program, which is very hard on me because it’s time-consuming and academically challenging, so Journalism provides an opportunity for a fun break. I’m an officer for many clubs and on the track team (I love to run). I’m captain of the Bollywood dance team and love to represent my culture. I’m both scared and excited for this year because of my workload and college applications, but I also look forward to my senior year. Although I’m not looking forward to senioritis, I hope to pull through and have fun during my last year at Quartz Hill. Some of my hobbies are listening to music, ballet, shopping, running, doing my makeup, and, obviously, watching Netflix. I look forward to all the new memories I’ll make this year!
Catherine Le, Staff Writer
Hello everyone! My name is Catherine Le. I’m currently a sophomore, and my first year in Journalism. Last year I was the first place winner in The Ubiquity’s art contest, which inspired me to take the class. And likely enough, was the reason I got into the class. Oftentimes, I find myself listening to music and more often than not you will see me with earbuds. In my free time, I enjoy watching different shows as well as playing video games. Drawing is also a large part of my life, I tend to draw characters that I like in shows. Currently the show that I am binging is The Uncanny Counter. I am also serving as the AP Art History Club CO president as well as ASU Senator and an officer for Royal E. I am an AP scholar and am looking forward to joining the IB program next year. I hope to be able to improve my writing skills as we progress through the year, and meeting new people would be amazing!