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‘Candy’ premiere review: ‘Friday the 13th’

‘Candy’ is a five night true crime event coming to Hulu.

Candy is a unique throwback. True crime has seen its peak popularity in recent years and its 1980s setting is a fairly common one. What really makes the Hulu limited series stand out is its interesting schedule. The show premieres May 9 and will have a new episode release daily through May 13. The release schedule is similar to the mini-series of yesteryear that were billed as events that could not be missed. 

The premiere is all about setting up characters and the mystery. The show does a great job of putting audiences in the moment. Jessica Biel is unrecognizable as the title character and the references to pop culture of the time is fun to see. Candy has a very definite feel to it. 

What makes it different from other shows set in the 80s, is that it is not just a suburb set during that time, it is a Texas neighborhood. It is hard to describe to someone who has never spent a good amount of time in the state, but the characters all have a uniquely Texas vibe to them. It is not done in an over the top way that overpowers the rest of the show, but it is distinctive. 

Candy is filled with tension. Even though the title character seems to have everything under control, Biel plays her in a way that lets the audience know there is something smoldering underneath. It is unclear if even she knows what she wants, but as “Friday the 13th” shows, she will go to great lengths to get it. 

Candy’s best friend Betty Gore (Melanie Lynskey) is a potentially interesting character. It is clear from when she is first introduced that Betty is having difficulties. She is a stay at home mother who seems to be isolated from the rest of the neighborhood. Unfortunately, Candy does not give much insight into the character. 

Still, the episode ends on a powerful note. While it is clear that Candy has done something, there is little indication as to why or if anyone else was involved. It is a great hook for the rest of the series.

Candy premieres on Hulu on May 9 with a new episode releasing daily

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