‘There are some strange noises in the night’

by Olivia Berard, Copy Editor

Let the tension grip you and draw you in, closer and closer to a bizarre end. Filled with romance and heartbreak, self-discovery and disappointment, “The White Lotus” is a whirlwind of tribulation and comfort packed into a murder mystery. Characters are urged past their breaking points with their loved ones, ending in an ultimate bitterness. 

The series has views out of a travel guide. Season one’s tropical destination takes place in Maui, Hawaii. The brilliant blue water crashes into piles of rock, serving as a smoothe transition scene from one clip to the next. In the next season, the crystalline water follows a brand new set of characters to Sicily, Italy, where the cobblestone is dangerous, but the romance is high. An array of bright colors fill the screen, yet the darkest of shades poke through the hue when the characters make their hundredth bad decision. 

The plot thickens from the start of season one  when the first set of characters is greeted in Maui with the mischievous, grinning smile of the resort manager. The relationships of the first season characters are intertwined in an obscure fashion. As the viewer, we are the keeper of secrets, which keeps us involved. 

There are only two returning characters from season one in season two, leaving room for a shiny new plot filled with more adventures for the viewer to experience alongside the characters. Season two is set up a bit differently: the intermingling is kept to a minimum. This season is based on tremendous complications within relationships between family and friends, testing the pairs to see if they will survive. 

The show is masterfully designed so the audience cannot enjoy the presence of a single character on screen. The characters are blinded by their own self interest and indulge in a series of disastrous decisions, leading to their ultimate demise.

My loose lips will not be giving any spoilers because it truly is a viewing experience. Just know, the murder is important, but the relationships speak volumes. It’s okay to loath every character; I did too. Just sit back and enjoy the misery that unravels before you.