Being one of the highly advertised AppleTV+ series, I had high expectation from The Mosquito Coast. Sadly, what I got is an underdeveloped series of plot twists that left nothing to desire expect wrapping up the season as fast as possible.
What starts as a perfect series about an idealist who uproots his family and moves them to Latin America, quickly turns into a pointless and frustrating journey without any real reason for it.
In fact, before we get to the story itself, let’s take a moment to appreciate the production, performances, and art direction of the show. It’s simply stunning. From the desert scenes to Mexico City, every single detail is almost perfect. Plus, you get amazing performances from Justin Theroux and Melissa George. They’re one of the few saving graces of a very tough to watch show otherwise.
Now, let’s get to the story itself. When I saw that the season is only seven episodes long, I thought it’s too short. Thinking back, everything that happened in this season could have easily been done in 2 or 3 episodes and we’re good. Don’t get me wrong. The pilot episode is perfect. Simply perfect. But it’s a freefall from the second episode all the way to the last one. You’ll get a glimpse of hope in the season finale, but I’m not sure it’s enough to win viewers back.
Thing is, when an insufferable man is putting his family in danger and spouting philosophy for seven awfully long episodes, it’s hard to care about his adventures on the run. You’ll be excited here and there that “we’re finally going to discover why they’re running”! But don’t get your hopes high. It’s just a pointlessly frustrating storytelling.
Should you watch it?
Adapted from a bestselling novel of the same name, “The Mosquito Coast” series works best when you just follow along with the running and don’t think too hard about the rest. But the running itself becomes tedious after a while. In addition, not everything makes perfect sense, or seems remotely plausible.
Where can I watch it?
You can stream the first season one The Mosquito Coast exclusively on Apple TV+ worldwide.