Prepare for your inner what-the-fuck meter to go from zero to one hundred real quick.
Netflix's new original show, Insatiable, had people talking before it even started streaming due to its focus on body image and the potential negative effects it could have on young females. I thought people were getting their panties in a knot over nothing, but quickly had a change of heart once I started the first episode.
The synopsis goes a little something like this:
"Insatiable is a dark, twisted revenge comedy starring Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts, and Alyssa Milano. For years, Patty (Debby Ryan) has been bullied, ignored, and underestimated by those around her because of her weight. But now that she finds herself suddenly thin, Patty is out for payback against anyone who has ever made her feel bad about herself. Bob Armstrong (Dallas Roberts), a disgraced attorney whose true passion is coaching beauty pageant contestant, is the only one who sees Patty’s potential, and takes her under his wing -- first as a legal client, and then as a pageant contestant whom he coaches toward becoming the top pageant queen in the country. But Bob and his wife Coralee (Alyssa Milano) have no idea how deep Patty’s rage goes, or how far she will go to exact revenge on anyone who has ever wronged her. Bullies beware: payback’s a bitch, revenge is sweet, and if you cross Patty, you’ll be her next treat."
The focus on being thin was cringeworthy and with every episode, the plot reached a new level of batshit cray. I will say that I couldn't stop watching because of all of the madness, but the discomfort never left.
I remember Debby Ryan from her Suite Life On Deck days, and this is way different from the role she played on that show. I was shockingly impressed by Alyssa Milano's work in this show. The last few things she's worked on have been misses, but she kills it as Coralee.
Despite the endless protests to have Netflix cancel the release of this series, it started streaming today. Feel free to watch and judge it for yourself. I'd give it a 4.5/10.