[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for The Idol, Season 1 Episode 1, “Pop Tarts & Rat Tails.”]
Think of the worst pop song you’ve ever heard: maybe there was one that felt out of place, or the riff just didn’t feel right. Perhaps the song was short, uninspired, forced, or out of touch with reality. Most likely, for a song to go from inconsequential to downright obnoxious, it would have to be satisfying. It must be frequent. must be boring.
Being boring is the worst sin a pop song can commit. In the same vein, unfortunately, is HBO idolis proving to be an unfortunate replacement for the Sunday evening menus that many viewers love – and it won’t get stuck in your head anytime soon.
It is directed by Sam Levinson, creator of HBO’s best known trance As we dismiss conversations about consent and on-screen nudity, the premise is easy enough to follow: The first episode introduces us to Jocelyn (Lili-Rose Depp), a pop star in the prime of her youth and beauty but struggling to recover from a notorious “psychotic break.”
We’re in the run-up to a new song from Jocelyn, a comeback of sorts, and her uptight assistant and best friend Leah (Rachel Synnott), old manager Haim (Hank Azaria), and publicist (Dan Levy), who seems to be acting in a quirky and hopefully better show. ) spins around her nervously, trying to please her and keep her days on track. Her innermost circle has been rounded out by other notables with less defined roles, played by Troye Sivan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Jane Adams.
idol It’s been making headlines for quite some time now, mostly for less reasons than its taste: an elaborate piece and well-sourced articles Rolling Stone described a show that began as an interesting commentary on stardom and descended into self-parody and something akin to “torture porn”. While refuting the description, Cannes’ Sam Levinson responded by saying, “I think we’re about to put on the biggest show of the summer.”