MaveriX is the new adventure TV series released on Netflix on 12 May 2022, catering to the kids’ ages 8 to 14. It was earlier broadcast on ABC Me in April 2022. Following the story of 6 young motocross riders who form a team to win the national championship. The series is created by Rachel Clements, Sam Meikle and Isaac Elliott.
This Australian TV series has 10 episodes in total with a runtime of about 25-30 minutes each. It stars Darcy Tadich as Scott, Tatiana Goode as Jenny, Sam Winspear-Schillings as Bear, Tjiirdm McGuire as Richie, Sebastian Tang as Kaden and Charlotte Maggi as Angelique, in the lead roles.
Netflix describes the show MaveriX as:
“Motocross teens go for big air as they try to beat their rivals, bring out the best in each other and win it all in this high-speed series.”
-MaveriX Review Does Not Contain Any Spoilers-
Simple Show About Teenagers with Motocross Obsession
The first thing that comes to my mind after watching the show is ‘amateurish’. Maybe because it’s catered to a comparatively young audience. The plot is linear, we have our main lead Scott Griffin who is the son of a legendary motocross champion. He and his dad wants to win the national title and thus try to recruit other riders to form an elite team.
With one thing leading to another they finally form a team consisting of an all-rounder Jenny, internet stunt influencer Bear, an intelligent guy with strict parents (Richie), a too cool for you guy (Kaden) and a rebellious girl Angelique. A team of mix and match where everyone tries to outrun each other in everything they do from eating to exercising.
Although everyone individually is pretty talented with winning tricks up their sleeves but as a team together, it’s just pure chaos. Everyone thinks they are the best and want to show off their skills. They lack patience, dedication and most importantly teamwork and friendship. There’s a limit to what one can learn on their own, only with a team one can improve and become better together.
The show came into existence when one of the creators Rachel Clements’ son switched his successful BMX career to the more dangerous sport of motocross. Inspired by it, she decided to create the show and popularise the local sport from Alice Springs, Australia, where the show is shot as well. Alice Springs is known for dirt bike racing sport and it looks absolutely spectacular in the series.
If anything then the young actors definitely deserve a round of applause for all the stunts and acting that might have saved an otherwise bad show. To be really honest, there is nothing that would hook us to watch the show till the end. By the fourth episode, it starts to feel a bit dragging and maybe could’ve been completed in 6-8 episodes.
It is a predictable plot with some awkward acting and dialogues by the parents. Teenagers are shown as impulsive, egoistic brats whereas parents are equal control freaks with no jobs and all the time in the world to roam around with their kids. It tries to bring in the tension and a suspense factor through various twists and each character’s personal struggles but it doesn’t seem impactful.
Final Thoughts: Stream it or Skip it?
MaveriX on Netflix is a quick watch with your kids or younger siblings that might get some thrills from the adventure sports TV series. It focuses on the importance of friendship and teamwork with dirt bike racing obsession in mind. It is an okay-ish series without getting your hopes above the ground. There is no back story or big obstacles that the characters need to fight with. It’s just them, 6 young motocross riders who need to overcome their ego and team together to victory.
To put it simply it feels like a Disney channel show with a bit less drama that should have been released in the late 2000s. If you enjoy that slightly awkward/cringey and nostalgic vibe then you might actually like it.
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