Losing its spark

An in-depth review into Netflix’s ‘Elite’


Source: Netflix’s official season trailer

As the Netflix Original kicks off its sixth season of “Elite,” another school year at Las Encinas arises with new characters and a new mystery to solve. As the season begins, viewers are introduced to six new characters throughout the show, but it can be seen that the show follows the same exact plot line as any of its other seasons. So, is it really worth the watch? 

With season five ending off with a nail-biting cliffhanger that shows Samuel, played by Itzan Escamilla, fighting for the fate of his life after a tussle with Benajmín, played by Diego Martín, many were tuned in to the new season to see if Samuel would succumb to his injuries or make it out alive. 

But, as the synopsis for season six was released, it was clear that Samuel was not making it out alive to return in the new season. This meant that no original cast members were left in the show, which was the first of many disappointments for this season.  

The first episode of the new season shows Iván, played by André Lamogolia, waving down a car as he walks through the streets of Spain. As a car spots Iván, it begins to slow down, seemingly picking him up, but this scene takes a turn as the car speeds up and hits him.  With a mystery being solved every season, it seems this season is to find the mystery man who hit Iván. 

Although a new mystery every season seems entertaining at first, “Elite” has overused it’s plot line to the point where these new thrilling mysteries seem boring. Especially when directors focus on characters like Iván, bland and popular. 

With this season drawing focus back to the students of Las Encinas, viewers can see Ari, played by Carla Díaz,  visiting her father in jail after the death of Samuel. As her father is going through trial trying to prove his innocence from Samuel’s death, he realizes that to get the attention off of him it needs to go back on his kids.

That means Ari and her two siblings Patrick, played by Manu Rios, and Mencía, played by Martina Cariddi,  will have to return to the new school year at Las Encinas. Although this looks good on their father, drama follows as the three return throughout the season. 

As the season progresses it’s easy to see the same affairs, drama and thrills take place which makes the very long hour episodes hard to sit through if nothing new, except characters, are added to the show. 

Even with the mystery aspect from Iván’s hit and run, it’s hard to see that’s even the main focus of the show with so many side stories going on at the same time, it’s easy for him to be forgotten.

Especially when every episode, except for the finale, feels like a filler to get to the major plot twist at the end. In some ways, this can add to the show, but in this case it feels like viewers are re watching any other season. 

Although this show does like to repeat many different aspects throughout the seasons, it’s refreshing to see them have lots of LGBTQ+ characters, representing additional perspectives while adding diversity. 

This show also focuses on important matters such as drug use, sexual assault and being comfortable in your own skin which is important to not sugar coat, and this show definitely doesn’t try to cover anything when addressing these issues. 

Although there are some enjoyable aspects of this show, as it keeps getting renewed it feels like it continues to lose its spark that made it so entertaining in seasons one, two and three. So, when season 7 rolls around it wouldn’t surprise anyone if it was its last.