New political Netflix show proves amusing, satirical

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New political Netflix show proves amusing, satirical

POLITICS GET PERSONAL. “The Politician,” a comical new Netflix show, describes the process of student government elections for a driven and competent student politician played by Ben Platt.

POLITICS GET PERSONAL. “The Politician,” a comical new Netflix show, describes the process of student government elections for a driven and competent student politician played by Ben Platt.

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POLITICS GET PERSONAL. “The Politician,” a comical new Netflix show, describes the process of student government elections for a driven and competent student politician played by Ben Platt.

Source: Netflix

Source: Netflix

POLITICS GET PERSONAL. “The Politician,” a comical new Netflix show, describes the process of student government elections for a driven and competent student politician played by Ben Platt.

While some people dream about being a rockstar or making big in Hollywood, Payton Hobart, the main character in the Netflix comedy “The Politician,” started dreaming of the Oval Office at 7 years old. But to him it was no pipe dream — it was a wake-up call. After spending his life obsessively researching past presidents, recording their trends and building an impeccable path to the Oval Office, it was time for Payton’s story to be written. His first chapter: to be high school class president.

In terms of a comedy, “The Politician” is worth sitting down and watching. But, if you are looking for a strong storyline, not so much.

Payton, played by Ben Platt (yes, he does sing in the show), is mocked by the show through for his dedication and overconfidence in his linear life plan. Most of these jokes come through in slight details that make a high school scenario much more dramatic than it would be in life.

Because of his commitment to his aspirations, Payton lacks a genuine personality — he coordinated everything according to what makes him look better for those around him much like how a politician would. Because of his everyday polish, moxie and statistically crafted over-the-top decision-making, he neglects his own internal feelings as a human being and never really develops his emotional core.

The show is riddled with plenty of dark, subtle and ironic humor that is really the backbone of the series, which is iconic of a Ryan Murphy directed show. Because of this, some of the plot feels shallow and unrealistic just so the writers could pull off a funny scene. As the protagonist, Payton gets the most attention in the series, while other characters feel largely undeveloped and just seem like situational props to be used when needed to support Payton’s storyline and for humor.

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Each episode’s structure is consistent, which several times ruins the set up of twists and turns. After a few episodes, the show becomes predictable but is still generally funny. There were moments while watching where I could easily say what was going to happen before it actually did because I became aware of the overuse of its filmmaking strategies.

Another problem with “The Politician” is its general episode composition. In some scenes, especially later in the eight-episode season, there is simply too much going on at the same time to really absorb what is being portrayed. The overall gist of the show remained the same, and jokes were well-timed, but the show moved too quickly through its storyline. There was too much transitioning from peculiar situations that make you forget about certain characters until they actually pop up again. This may be a good strategy for a mystery but not a comedy.

Overall, if you are looking for a good laugh without too much dedication to the quality of plot or material, “The Politician” is enough to sit down and enjoy from a satirical point of view, despite its lack of depth and on-screen character development.