the mysterious benedict society
starring: mystic inscho, emmy deoliveira, kristen schaal and tony hale
REVIEWER: lyall carter
Four gifted orphans are recruited by an eccentric benefactor to go on a secret mission; placed undercover at a boarding school known as The Institute, they must foil a nefarious plot with global ramifications.
After winning a scholarship competition, four gifted orphans are recruited by the peculiar Mr. Benedict for a dangerous mission to save the world from a global crisis known as The Emergency. Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance must infiltrate the mysterious L.I.V.E. Institute to discover the truth behind the crisis. When the headmaster, the sophisticated Dr. Curtain appears to be behind this worldwide panic, the kids of “The Mysterious Benedict Society” must devise a plan to defeat him.
When it comes to children’s fantasy tales we’ve kinda seen most iterations of the genre. But even though some will compare The Mysterious Benedict Society to the likes of A Series of Unfortunate Events, it’s still its very own unique and sophisticated beast.
From the whimsical almost Wes Anderson feel to the nearly other world but firmly rooted in a diluted colour palette from the 60’s to the intricate and intriguing puzzles that face the children at every turn, The Mysterious Benedict Society is very much a new take on the children fantasy adventure tale.
And reasonably unique to The Mysterious Benedict Society is that the more impressively gifted children don’t make the cut while the kids with the less than impressive skills do. It is a timely reminder to children and adults alike that everybody has a unique part to play in our world even if compared to others their gift or talent doesn’t appear, at first glance, to be that special.
A unique and sophisticated beast The Mysterious Benedict Society is a rip roaring adventure TV series filled with intricate and intriguing puzzles that children and adults alike will adore.