The Politician is the kind of series that is sure to divide opinion among the general public. This is because it contains the Ryan Murphy DNA and also because it is a completely complicated series, despite having a very simple synopsis, by the way – that is, following the Netflix molds.
The plot, which was created, produced, scripted, and directed by Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story), centers around Peyton, a high school teenager who has the ardent desire to be president of the United States. He thinks about politics 24 hours a day, acts like a politician, reads about it, and even contemplates joining the body of students at Harvard University, one of the world’s best-known and most respected higher education institutions – for the sake of simplicity. fact that Harvard has formed the largest number of presidents in the country.
The adopted son of a millionaire family, his mother, Georgina Hobart (Gwyneth Paltrow), has a fondness for Peyton, even more than his biological (twin) sons. She goes out of her way to get the youngster the best money can buy, so she invests heavily in her background ranging from private Mandarin classes to buying countless books, all to feed Peyton’s intellectual ego – that, Not to mention the expensive tuition of the school where the son studies.
But before Harvard and possibly the White House, Peyton will have to face perhaps the greatest of his political challenges: being elected student president / representative of his school. As usual, seen in several other school-based films and series, the electoral process for these representatives borders on reality, as if they were running for the Senate, House of Representatives, or City Hall: with the right to search for intent. of votes, scams / marketing strategies, speeches and actions to defeat the opposing plaque.
None of this would be important if Peyton didn’t have his biggest rival in his way: River (David Corenswet), who to understand their relationship and see a specific situation happening early in the season, will need to watch the series – and it’s better stop here because it may happen to drop some spoilers and compromise your experience in watching the series.
Composed of eight episodes of about 50 minutes (except for the pilot, which lasts just over an hour), it is one of the very few good points the season brings – the others being costume and photography. The plot is empty, confusing, boring and lackluster. Nor are Paltrow’s appearances any relief for a sequence of scenes of extensive dialogue, drama, and precarious acting. It is as if the cast were inexperienced and put it on the scene to speak the text strangely.
Comparisons with other works by Murphy will be inevitable and Glee will possibly be the main one. That’s because The Politician is set in a school and turns and moves, some musical numbers are presented to the viewer. Peyton remembers, or rather is the genuine copy of Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), however, with differences: while Rachel longed for the Broadway stage and had her inspiration in countless divas, Peyton is the same way, but with politicians – there are those who dislike Rachel in Glee, who believe she is a dull, forced character and that other characters like Santana (Naya Rivera) or Mercedes (Amber Riley) have more charisma and talent than the protagonist.
With some successful works, Murphy accumulates others not so successful, such as Scream Queens, for example. The Politician is very similar to the series starring Emma Roberts, which featured Ariana Grande and despite good names cast for the project, may not get renewal for other seasons. You may like the series for a variety of other reasons not presented in this text or dislike for many others. Despite being a well-structured bet, with an interesting plot, the representation of the whole work failed and did not please.