TV-MA | Crime, Drama | TV Series
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 40 % Rotten (Critics), 54 % Rotten (Audience)
Writers: John Marrs, Howard Overman, Howard Overman
Stars: Hannah Ware, Dimitri Leonidas, Diarmaid Murtagh
IMDb summary: Love — and lies — spiral when a DNA researcher helps discover a way to find the perfect partner and creates a bold new matchmaking service.
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The One TV Show Review
Imagine being able to find your “one true love” as easily as using a dating app like Tinder, for example. Rebecca and her science partner James stumble upon a way to use genetics to find the perfect match. When Rebecca realises just how this discovery can change everything, she decides to betray her best friend. However, she appears to be unaware of the chain reaction of destruction she has put into play. Whether or not Rebecca was completely unaware is hard to tell. Once you get to know what she is like as a person, for me, she became the prettiest ugly person I’d ever seen in a TV show. And reminds me of the saying, “beauty is only skin deep”.
While this TV series’s concept is interesting, most people probably won’t believe in its science. Subsequently, this could be a reason why this put viewers off. Hannah Ware, as Rebecca Webb, is semi-believable as the scientist-turned-genetic evangelist who is the focus of the show. She’s calculated, cold and manipulating.
Rebecca comes across as someone who wouldn’t know the first thing about love if it hit her in the face. Perhaps that’s how scientists are, kind of like surgeons? Focused entirely on the facts. It’s a little too satisfying watching how much she suffers as a result of her selfish actions. But it’s also quite disturbing to see the people closest to her slowly getting caught up in the maelstrom of lies and betrayal.
There’s also a layer of political power struggles going on behind the scenes of Rebecca’s scientific breakthrough. Consequently, it becomes the beginning of a downward spiral for her and her science and business partner, James. James does whatever he can to distance himself from her when the crap hits the fan. However, Rebecca is always one step ahead. She has no qualms about pulling whatever strings she needs to pull to get what she wants. This includes harming the people closest to her.
Rebecca is very aware of her vulnerable position throughout the show, whether politically or otherwise and proves she’s a lot more than just a pretty face. In some regard, it’s hard not to admire this character for her gutsy power plays and no-holds-barred approach towards her “frenemies”. However, that aside, she’s just a nasty piece of work. Credit goes to the writing team; she’s a character you’d love to hate.
Once the cat-and-mouse part of the show begins, it seems less believable that any of this could happen in the real world. Rebecca is a well-written and fleshed out character, but she leaves the other supporting cast and characters too far behind.
Netflix can be a little “hit and miss” with their original content. And while The One isn’t the worst TV show to stream on Netflix, it lacks the depth to be anything more than a show you’d watch with nothing else to do.
Watch the trailer for The One here: