Echoes, the latest popular Netflix show, is at the top of the list despite all the odds being stacked against it. And it’s been there for quite some time, too, hitting the #1 spot on Netflix’s TV charts on August 21, shortly after its release on August 19.
This popularity is a peculiar case because it’s hard to find where their fans are except, you know, sitting in front of their televisions and streaming devices watching the limited series. And this may mean that Echoes is proving a point about how the proverbial vocal minority isn’t strong enough to bring down a series that people won’t put down.
But the angry audience isn’t alone, as Echoes currently (as of August 29) has a 29% score on Rotten Tomatoes. (opens in a new tab). And critics don’t mince words either, accusing the series of television’s greatest sin: being boring.
Echoes, a drama series starring Michelle Monaghan (Made of Honor, Mission: Impossible III) came to Netflix from creator Vanessa Gazy and showrunners Quinton Peeples and Brian Yorkey (both of whom worked on the popular 13 Reasons Why). twists and turns, the biggest twist, we’d say, is its popularity. So, let’s dig into what the heck is going on with Echoes.
Echoes explained: What about the Netflix mystery?
Echoes is a mystery thriller built around an old but still popular trope: creepy twins. Leni and Gina (Michelle Monaghan stars in dual roles) share a dangerous secret: the fact that they have been living double lives.
This leads to the reveal of the first juicy and raunchy twist: the twins have been sharing a couple of homes, husbands, and a child. Fool them all in the process. That is, until someone apparently catches wind of their scam.
It turns out that Leni has disappeared. Jack Beck (White Collar’s Matt Bomer) calls Gina to break the news and says that Leni may be missing. He even finds blood on a horse.
And then someone starts sending Leni some threatening messages, hinting that they know one of her secrets. Probably, you know, that whole thing where she and her twin have been fooling everyone. Some may be thinking this is Gina, having faked her own disappearance. Then in the middle of the series, don’t read the episode descriptions, trust us, Echoes turns inside out.
Echoes Reviews: What Critics Think
As noted above, Echoes has a terrible 29% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and that’s mostly made up of notes from critics saying the series doesn’t deliver. However, they differ in when it fails.
Brian Tallerico at RogerEbert.com (opens in a new tab) notes that “Sadly, Echoes’ potential begins to run out before the premiere is over, as it gets dumber and dumber in a way that’s not entertaining but frustrating. And then it makes the opposite mistake, over-explaining everything about its story to through boring flashbacks and interrogation scenes”. He adds, “For four episodes, Echoes defiantly makes almost no sense.”
for CNN (opens in a new tab), Brian Lowry warns that “Echoes is starting to look like a tantalizing plunge and doesn’t come all that shallow from that gene pool.” He recommends that people tune in to Apple TV Plus’s Bad Sisters.
in the guardian (opens in a new tab)Adrian Horton writes: “Unfortunately, little of the tension that could be inferred from [Echoes’] The description comes to the screen in this seven-episode series, which has some wild gesticulations but featherweight emotional weight.”
It’s not all damning words from critics, as Lauren Piester says in The Wrap. (opens in a new tab) praises Echoes for being over the top. She states that Echoes “turns into something much stranger and much more interesting than most of the previous ones.”
Echoes Audience Reviews: What People Are Saying
At first, I thought that the negative reviews for Echoes that totaled 41% on Rotten Tomatoes (opens in a new tab) could be a case of review bombing due to the inclusive storytelling, as user BA comments: “Lots of twists and turns if you can ignore the dazzling awakening in the show. It’s a small town Virginia if run by Hollywood. A small town rural toss filled with LGBTQ people, the ‘nice’ man who is 100% fine if his married girlfriend wants to abort her baby, the loving husband who faithfully supports his adulterous wife who is sleeping with his brother-in-law, and the aforementioned boyfriend. You know, Hollywood values…”
But the more I looked, the more valid criticism I found that had nothing to do with what BA was talking about. Marilyn C writes, “Bad. It’s so bad. The plot is ridiculous, it acts painfully wrong, a million twists and turns that get you nowhere. Don’t waste your time.”
A user named “The S” gave Echoes a 1/2 star review writing “Holy cow, er… um, horse. This is horrible. Embarrassing. Plays out like a horrible 1970s soap opera plot line.” .Acting is atrocious, plot is laughably amazing.Netflix is the kind of unwatchable series they put together on a streaming service where it’s all about quantity and nothing about quality.My apologies to anyone who sat through this… I know your pain.”
But what about the positive reviews from the audience that gave Echoes its 46% score? Peyton S writes “yeah, it went on too long. 4 or 5 episodes instead of 7 would have worked just fine. I couldn’t stop watching though, and was excited to see what would happen next.”
Echoes Perspective: Should You Watch Tonight?
Echoes of continued popularity on Netflix suggest that there is some fun to be found in this soap opera show. However, all previous reviews suggest that it’s best to go in with your expectations properly calibrated on the lowest setting.
While some say Echoes is too twisted and convoluted, that might be exactly what you want. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
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