This is my review of the Parallels Disney Plus Series. This new series is called Parallel. Had you ever heard of this? I hadn’t until Disney gave me a prompt and said, “Hey, check out this new series.” And I did. Let’s talk about it. Four teenage friends on the French-Swiss border have their lives turned upside down by an experiment at the LHC, the world’s biggest particle collider. If you’ve been following my channel for any amount of time, you’ll know that one of my favorite series of all time is here.
And Chris from Movies and Munches, says his favorite series of all time is Dark. And when it comes to time, you whimsy things. The fruition of the story, over three seasons, really had a great moment at the end where you had all the stories coming together, making sense of the puzzle piece in the many timelines. And whenever you get time to do whimsy things, that’s the thing I worry about. How are they going to bring together the puzzle pieces?
When I went into this, I was thinking, “This is on Disney.” It’s a series. It’s only twelve. It looks like it could be one of those straight-to-Disney movies but in series form. I wasn’t expecting much from it.
And I’ve seen a few diverse reviews and reactions to this series. I have to say this was much better than I expected it to be, but maybe that’s because I went in with low expectations. The puzzle pieces or the mapping of this series are probably what work best in this series. There are six episodes. They range from about 35 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on the episode.
And halfway through, you start realizing that they have figured this out properly. So when you see a conversation happen and then you understand why you saw that conversation happen, the story starts to make sense later on in the episode. You kind of have to give it time to build that puzzle piece. There are multiple timelines. Well, two, I think, different age groups.
It is different because it’s not just the time you want me, it’s parallel worlds. And so when you take that into the mix with characters that end up being one age and another age, from different worlds in different times, and then going back to the original times, you do have to kind of concentrate and have your wits about you to try and understand what’s happening. And as you get later and into the series, it might make your brain hurt a little. Even though this is a twelve in the UK, it’s probably a PG-13 in the US. It is one of those things that you kind of have to think a little bit about.
And I think if you think about it too, you hardly You’ll probably unravel some of the theories, but you’ll be on the outside looking in on a one-time watch. It’s very enjoyable because you can see how the puzzle pieces fit together in the end. There are, I guess, a couple of unanswered questions that they don’t quite answer. That leads me to think that they could do a second season if they wanted.
At the moment, it feels like a limited series. My top tip for the series is also to watch it in the original language. If your Disney is set to just go straight into dubbing, they probably won’t give you the option or kind of not let you know that this isn’t in English. It’s a French original. So you have to go into the subtitles and they don’t have proper subtitles.
It’s all your descriptive subtitles. So you’re going to be reading things like “doors clanking,” “deep sayings,” or “music playing.” But that’s okay because if you’re watching the dub, that’s going to take away a lot of the nuance and the feeling. After all, the actors that they got to do the dubbing are fine, but they’re not great. You can tell that they just don’t belong together, those voices. And so that was my first experience of episode one.
I was like, oh, maybe I’m not going to enjoy this 20 minutes in. I was like, no, I’ve got to go to the original language, found it, found that they only had the CC audit description, which took me a little bit, probably an episode to get into. But once I understood that’s what they had, what they had to offer, I got into the story. I do like that you get to see the backgrounds of our characters and the way they do that is when they’re playing with time. And that is quite fun.
A clever way for you to get to know your characters but also reveal the story in the arc. You’re getting a little bit of the puzzle piece, but you’re also getting this is why this family dynamic is quite dark or one particular kid feels fairly left out. When you have this brother and brother dynamic, the parents love one son more than the other. That’s what it looks like to the one brother. You have the daughter who’s trying to look after a younger sister because the stepdad is a gambler.
You have all these dynamics going on, and without going off massively on a tangent, it’s always kind of kept in the arc of the timey stuff that’s going on because we’re following these kids now, trying to get back to their original time. And that is kind of like the combination of the story trying to fix what happened at the beginning of this from the Collider. And so, even though science fiction is the arc of the story, it’s the character development of what goes on during those episodes that is kind of the main drive and force. So what happens at the end of the day is a lot of character development. I do think it takes its time in the middle of the season, so probably in episodes three and four, you’ll feel it lag a little bit and take its time to kind of reveal some of that story.
I think they could have gotten there a little bit quicker, but I didn’t mind it on the whole. So I’m going to give this three and a half necklace cages out of five. Not the best time. You want my stuff, and I’m sure if you thought about it long and hard, you could probably break it apart. But as a young adult, you whimsy series that kind of references things like “Dark,” like your next step would be as an adult to go and watch “Dark.”