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White Lines Review 2020 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Creator: Álex Pina
Stars: Laura Haddock, Nuno Lopes, Marta Milans
When you press play on White Lines on Netflix, the rating up top reads, “Sex, nudity, substances, language, and smoking,” and this new series has it all. From Alex Pina, the creator of the wildly popular Money Heist, this show has all the elements of an addictive and entertaining binge-watch (see ingredients listed above!). Sure, it’s got the sex, drugs, and dead DJs to make it provocative, but it’s also a rich, soapy family drama that is sure to draw in even the most subtitle-averse.
Opening Shot: The opening shot is on Zoe (Laura Haddock) in an undisclosed, sterile location that appears to be a hospital or jail hallway. “I reckon I must’ve lived more in the last 24 hours than the last 24 years,” she says, which cuts away to shots of thunder, lightning and rain in a desert in Spain. From the ground, a mummified hand emerges and our mystery begins.
The Gist: After former DJ Axel Collins’ (Tom Rhys Harries) body is uncovered in a Spanish desert, his sister Zoe vows to stay in Ibiza until she gets answers about his death. This leads her on an adventure to reconnect with his friends, including Marcus (Daniel Mays), who is still a DJ and also a dad of two and a part-time drug dealer who only invites her into his home after he’s lugged a banana float full of cocaine into his shed.
Now that she’s an adult, Zoe no longer wants to be protected by the lies she was told when her brother went missing. But she wasn’t the only one being told lies. You see, Axel’s body was found on land owned by a super wealthy and powerful family in Spain, and one that is looking forward to opening up a big, brand new casino. So this little discovery doesn’t really work out for them. The patriarch, Andreu Calafat (Pedro Casablanc) needs some answers, though his wife Conchita (Belén López), son Oriol (Juan Diego Botto), and daughter Kika (Marta Milans) don’t seem to know much. Enter his right hand man Boxer (Nuno Lopes) who sets out to get his own answers on the matter as well.
White Lines takes place in the debaucherous club scene of Ibiza, where the skies are bright but the secrets are dark. There’s plenty of sex, drugs, and dubious DJs to go around in this world where the drama never ends.
Our Take: There’s a reason why Money Heist has become a global phenomenon and Pina could have another huge hit on his hands with this one. It’s soapy and beautiful and dramatic and intriguing and sexy and thrilling all at once: that’s quite a combo. You’ll want the same answers Zoe does, but you’ll also just want to stare at these beautiful actors. White Lines is expertly salacious without being confusing, and the fact that this is a Spanish/British production works to its advantage. Those that can’t commit to fully foreign shows and the subtitle reading they require will enjoy that this requires less effort. Also, a dog sniffs coke in the first episode and if that’s not something you’re curious about seeing then what even is?
Sex and Skin: Oh yeah. There’s a full-on orgy in the first episode (and it’s a safe bet there’s more sex to come). And even though participants are told orgy is “too vulgar a word” for what they are about to participate in… well, that’s exactly what it is. There is a group of party starters with costume eye masks who get the action going, and then guests jump in to the huddle of naked, writhing bodies for some fun as well. That even includes Oriol! It is…something to see and just about as NSFW as it gets.
Parting Shot: “I’m not leaving Ibiza until I get what I came here for,” Zoe states in the same hallway from the beginning of the episode. She is determined to get “the truth,” so much so that the final shot of the episode is her in a nightclub dancing and having hallucinations that it’s her dead brother who is DJing. This only makes her smile and dance more freely, clearly having the best time. Enjoy it now, sister because these adventures are about to get a lot less fun for her — but still very fun for us to watch
Sleeper Star: Hopefully this series makes Juan Diego Botto an even bigger global star than he already is, aka, America, wake up. He was excellent in TNT’s Good Behavior, and the way he can transition from sharp businessman to sexy orgy participant here is what makes him such a fun actor to watch.
Most Pilot-y Line: “Try and get your hands on a wheelchair for me, will you? Because your dad’s gonna break my legs when I return home without you,” Mike (Barry Ward) tells his wife Zoe as he agrees to her staying in Spain and investigating the death of her brother, signaling to us that this is going to be dangerous for her, challenging for him, and cause ripple effects throughout their family and beyond.
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