Dive Club is a newly released Australian web series on Netflix. It is created by Steve Jaggi and stars Mercy Cornwall, Aubri Ibrag, Miah Madden, Josh Heuston, Georgia May Davis, and Sana’a Shaik among other cast members. The series is divided into 12 episodes, each of which hit the thirty-minute mark, bringing the whole series up to almost a 6 hour watch time. So, not something you could realistically binge, but trust me, three episodes in and you’d be glued to your screens.
Netflix describes it as:
On the shores of Cape Mercy, a skillful group of teen divers investigate a series of secrets and signs after one of their own mysteriously goes missing.Via the Netflix Offical Site
– Dive Club review does not contain any spoilers –
Dive Club is Netflix’s newest web series catered towards a teen audience, and so going into it, I naturally expected it to be something Disney-esque, like Teen Beach Movie or even Netflix’s previous venture, like Alexa and Katie (although I did quite enjoy that). But right off the bat, Dive Club becomes a pleasant surprise.
Dive Club is the story of four teenage girls who live in Cape Mercy and pass their time diving into the depths of the blue ocean that surrounds them. All of them grow up to be experienced and adventurous divers, especially Lauren, who vlogs most of their dives to upload onto YouTube. Because really, which teen show is complete without one of the leads being a vlogger? So, when Lauren goes missing one stormy night, the girls start sniffing around where they are most comfortable being: underwater. Turns out, things aren’t always as simple as they seem.
Dive Club is great at playing with tension, and perhaps that is its strongest (wet) suit. Yes, we made a diving pun and we’re proud of it. It builds it up to a crescendo just at the right places and then dissolves it right after so as to prolong the tension to last all of the twelve episodes.
Here’s the thing, judging by the trailer and the plot summary, I thought the show would start getting unnecessarily drawn out towards the middle, but that didn’t happen. Newer plot points kept emerging and made the show so much more interesting than I thought it would turn out to be.
Besides the obvious grip the script has over you, the stunning cinematography more than makes up for some of the more cringe dialogues that popped up here and there in almost every episode. The cast does its best and is usually good with being subtle, but it is a teen show after all, so there was bound to be a high-pitched shrieking competition among the girls.
Final Verdict: Dive Club
Dive Club may seem like a show meant for teenagers, and in many ways it is, but I did quite enjoy it all the same. The mystery draws you in right from the first ten minutes of the first episode and does a great job at building up as things progress. But most of all, it isn’t the Disney-esque teenage show you’d expect it to be. The characters all have multiple layers to them, and none of them exists just for the sake of the plot. It’s a great watch and child friendly so maybe take your sibling along for the dive!
Dive Club is now streaming on Netflix.