There is no woe for the ‘Wednesday’ series


Shavonne Chin

Illustration by

Casey Wiederhold , Associate Photography Editor

When I first watched the “Addams Family” movies, I remember being connected to Wednesday Addams and the family. Not in the “creepy and obsessed with death,” way, but in the “always standing out against the crowd,” way. When I heard that Netflix was creating a new show based on the character, I was ecstatic. And for it to be directed by Tim Burton, I knew it was going to be good.

I knew Jenna Ortega, who stars as Addams, from her Disney Channel days portraying Harley Diaz on the series “Stuck in the Middle,” which is where she made her big break.

Ortega has always had a knack for acting and becoming Addams was no different. Her chilling take on this classic Halloween character is brand new but still keeps the gothic girl reminiscent of the older days.

The show itself is categorized as a drama with hints of mystery and thrill. The plot of “Wednesday” is that Addams is starting at a new school, Nevermore Academy for the Outcasts. As her time at the school unfolds, she finds herself enticed by the spooky events that are beginning to unfold. Addams becomes involved in figuring out the reasoning behind a murder that happened involving her parents, Morticia and Gomez Addams.

Along with the murder at Nevermore, there were disappearances of others in the local town of Jericho. Wednesday Addams goes on her journey to figure out the story behind them all while figuring out life at a new school run by Larissa Weems, played by former “Game of Thrones” star, Gwendoline Christie.

The series brings Wednesday Addams to a new light. Instead of portraying Wednesday Addams as the little girl writers and directors usually do, she is written as a teenager. This is an interesting approach compared to the original movies where Wednesday Addams is featured as 10 or 11 years old. Teenage Wednesday Addams holds more hatred for the world than what we’ve seen before.

Throughout the series, Wednesday Addams is shown to have some resentment toward her mother, Morticia Addams, for sending her to Nevermore. Both Morticia and Gomez Addams attended the school, and Wednesday Addams now believes that her mother is trying to turn Wednesday Addams into her. This shows a new aspect of the character as we have always seen her as family-oriented and together with the rest of the Addams Family. This was an interesting take on the character because it forces Wednesday Addams to become slightly more humanistic in displaying her emotions than she has been in the past.

It shows the reality of some mother-daughter relationships, instead of being portrayed as perfect and getting along all the time. It may sound bad to say that I enjoyed seeing this, however, I found it really refreshing to see a power struggle between Morticia and Wednesday Addams without having them be affectionate or act in a manner that is perfect for their family.

Ortega holds true to this classic character, even when she is filming her scenes with Christina Ricci, who portrayed the mysterious character in “The Addams Family” and “The Addams Family Values” in the 1990s.

Although great storylines happened in the show, I found that some elements of the show were a bit predictable. The series had certain romances planned out between characters, but it was fairly easy to figure out who was going to end up with who. Based on the characters in those relationships, there were ways to figure out how they would play out between the characters.

The predictability of the series was something I found to be unenjoyable, but I was still able to find entertainment in what was going on. There is an interesting plot twist near the end of the eighth and final episode that viewers won’t see coming.

The chemistry between some of the characters is also something I was able to find excitement in. Wednesday Addams and her roommate, Enid Sinclair, are two of those characters. Sinclair and Wednesday Addams have a unique relationship. Sinclair is bubbly, happy and everything that is the opposite of Addams. I love seeing the polar opposite best friend trope because it reminds me of the dynamic that I have with my own best friend back home. The trope is essentially describing someone as a golden retriever personality and the other as a black cat personality.

All in all, the show does a fantastic job of reeling in new fans of Wednesday Addams. The writers of the show still keep her emotionless, obsessed with death self very much alive throughout the series. I would highly recommend this show to someone who is looking for a new series to watch.