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Tiny Pretty Things Review

Netflix’s Tiny Pretty Things premiered on December 14th, based on the novel of the same name by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra. The show is about a ballet company called the Archer, set in Chicago, that chronicles the lives of their dancers. Bette, June, Oren, Shane, Nabil, Caleb, and new student Neveah. Neveah, joins the school after star student, Cassie was pushed off the roof, which is the main plot point of the season.

 

 

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The show as a whole was decent and it definitely kept my attention. As for the characters, some of them could use some work. June, is determined to stay at the Archer even if it means divorcing her mother. However, her determination always blinds her to what’s in front of her. She’s very naive and watching her is like watching a rollercoaster. You never know who’s friend she’s going to be, Neveah or Bette or both. Which brings me to Bette, it makes sense she lives in her older sister’s shadow and she will do ANYTHING to be better than her sister, but she’s super annoying and the mean girl of the show. She’s also very hot and cold as well. It’s very unclear of where her true feeling lie when it comes to who she’s dating and who’s she’s friends with.
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As for Neveah, she’s the determined new girl ready to prove herself and fix everything wrong with the Archer. I admire her determination and no nonsense attitude. She will do whatever it takes to do the right thing, even if her so called friends aren’t in her corner. Her only real friend is Shane, is Shane is the best character. He knows who he is and he is afraid to show it. Who doesn’t love that in a character? As for Oren, he was decent, and I liked how the prince of the ballet world wasn’t deemed as perfect. Bette too, even though she was the mean girl and tried to be perfect, she definitely isn’t. None of these characters are, and that’s one of the best aspects of all of these characters. Except for Ramon, he was extremely creepy and just a real moron.
Beyond the characters, the plot surrounding Cassie’s attempted murder is very Pretty Little Liars. Especially since the attempted murderer was wearing a hoodie. Really? Also, the cop, was way too involved and at times she’s overstepped. I thought she knew Cassie the way she cared so much. I get her wife died of something similar, but her involvement was annoying at times. The other plot was actually good, that was a MeToo movement plot, surrounding the director, Madam Dubois who was allowing some of the girls to work at an exclusive restaurant where the donors of the school go and they have their way with the girls in exchange for more money for the school. How sick is that? The best part is the way the dancers  told everyone, (no spoilers) but it’s in the final episode and it’s so amazing!
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My only issues with the show is the constant nudity. Must I see someone’s butt in every other scene? Dancers don’t see each other naked that often. Also the dream sequences were a bit creepy and they didn’t add much to the show.
Overall, the show is about a 7/10. It’s a good show to watch and it definitely keeps you entertained.
Fingers crossed for a season 2!
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Netflix Announces ‘Tiny Pretty Things’ Ten Episode Series

Netflix announced that the ballet novel, Tiny Pretty Things, would be adapted to the screen set to premiere as ten-hour-long episodes next year. The 2016 novel written by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton follows dancers at an elite ballet academy as they all fight for their chance in the spotlight. Girls manipulate, scheme and cheat as they all reach for the same goal.

 

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Writer Michael MacLennan, along with Insurrection Media, Mojo Films and Peacock Alley will lead the charge on this series. Shooting is currently underway in Toronto as fans anticipate the 2020 premiere date.

 

 

Netflix has finalized their cast list, which includes Lauren Holly playing Monique, the drill sergeant of the ballerinas at the Archer School of Ballett. Other cast members include Kylie Jefferson, Casimere Jollette, Daniela Norman, Brennan Clost, Michael Hsu Rosen, Damon J. Gillespie, Bayardo De Murguia, Barton Cowperthwaite, Tory Trowbridge and Jess Salgueiro. Many cast members have Broadway or other theater credits, building the anticipation for epic dance scenes and battles between friends and foes.

 

The actresses in 'Pretty Little Things'

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With Jefferson as Neveah, the rebellious newcomer, Jollette as Belle, the near perfect front runner who has always lived in her sister’s shadow and Norman as June, the shy, but strong dancer waiting to break out of her shell, drama between friends, nerve wracking competitions and high stakes dance numbers are sure to ensue.

 

 

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