The White Lotus
- By Nina Sventitsky
- Photo Courtesy of HBO
The White Lotus is one of two ‘vacations gone wrong’ series available this month that will make you long for the safety of isolation. No, this is not American Horror Story. This is a 6-episode comedy that journeys to the land of the wealthy and oblivious. Within 2 minutes of the first episode you’ve learned that SOMEONE HAS DIED at The White Lotus, a resort on an unnamed Hawaiian island catering to the well-off and connected. By the end of episode 2, you’re having trouble deciding which of the 10 main characters is the most heinously privileged, and who deserves to die the least. And you’ve not even met Molly Shannon’s character; she will drive you up a wall. If this is turning you away, please stay and watch.This is a fun show, with just the right amount of outrageous to keep you chuckling. The cast is well-formed, including Jennifer Coolidge as a wackadoodle heiress with a mother complex. Connie Britton is a Sheryl Sandberg-type exec married to Steve Zahn’s emasculated husband. Armond, the beleaguered GM of The White Lotus is brilliantly played by Australian Murray Bartlett. Filmed at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea – have you been? – the spectacular natural beauty of Hawaii is ever-present and timeless despite the useless frantic machinations of our players. For anyone who enjoys social satire, teens and up.
“The White Lotus” is on HBO and HBO Max.