Elite Takes Over Netflix
By Esther Huescas
The first episode of the Spanish teen mystery drama “Elite” was released on Oct. 5, 2018. The season starts off in the present with the lead Samuel Garcia Dominguez (Itzan Escamilla) looking at a murder scene. The shot quickly changes to him being interrogated for the murder by the detectives. The opening scenes leave the audience with a lot of questions, including “Who was murdered?”; “Who is the killer?”; and “Who and where are these people?” The show then takes the audience to the past and begins introducing the main characters.
Three students who are from working class households get full ride scholarships to attend the elite preparatory academy, Las Encinas, where students who attend are destined to succeed. They are awarded the scholarships after their school was burned down in a mysterious fire, and they were chosen for showing the most academic promise. The students, Samuel, Christian (Miguel Herrán), and Nadia (Mina El Hammani) are greeted by hostile rich students, determined to make the trio’s time there miserable. Leading the mission for destruction are Guzmán (Miguel Bernardeau) and Lucrecia (Danna Paola) who are romantically involved at the time of the new students’ arrival. The only student that is welcoming to the scholarship students is Marina (Maria Pedraza), Guzmán’s sister. She ends up inviting all the new students to her birthday party, which establishes a lot of the relationships that are developed throughout the season.
Marina’s father uses the new students’ presence as an opportunity to get good press for his company. Samuel tries to get closer to Marina at her party, which only angers her family, especially Guzmán. Lucrecia is currently the top student at Las Encinas, and at the party Nadia threatens to dethrone her. Guzmán believes that the new students are trying to take advantage of them, and therefore he and Lu come up with a plan to make Nadia fall in love with Guzmán and break her heart in order for her to leave the school. Christian takes an immediate interest in Carla (Ester Expósito) and is determined to get her to fall in love with him. Although Carla is intrigued by Christian, she has a long time boyfriend, Polo (Álvaro Rico). Later in the night, Samuel’s brother, Nano (Jaime Lorente), who is a recently released ex-con, comes to pick him up and ends up cursing out Guzman and his family because of their supposed connection to the school fire. These initial and crucial interactions at Marina’s party during the first episode establish the possible motives for the murder.
As the season progressed, Marina became the center of attention. In an effort to rebel against her manipulative father, she becomes involved in a lot of drama. The appeal of this show is that the details of the murder are revealed periodically throughout the season. The killer is not revealed until the very last episode and the number of suspects only increases as the season progresses. What sets “Elite” apart from other Netflix shows is that it is in Spanish. Although there is an option to listen to it English, much of the raw emotion gets lost in translation. Therefore, many viewers opt to listen to it with the original Spanish audio with English subtitles.
“Elite” effectively handles typical teenage problems and struggles with issues like sexuality, popularity, and success to the next level, and shows the toxicity that led to a murder. “Elite” has been renewed for a second season, which is scheduled to come out in late 2019. To find out who was murdered, who the killer was, and why watch “Elite” season 1 on Netflix.
Release date: October 5th, 2018
Directors: Ramon Salazar and Dani de la Orden
Itzan Escamilla... Samuel
Miguel Herrán... Christian
Mina El Hammani... Nadia
Miguel Bernardeau... Guzmán
Danna Paola... Lucrecia
Maria Pedraza... Marina
Ester Expósito... Carla
Jaime Lorente... Nano
Aron Piper... Ander
Omar Ayuso... Omar
Screenplay: Darío Madrona and Carlos Montero
Production companies: Netflix