Season 1 of Netflix's Fakes is not reviewed. There are no spoilers in this article.
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Fakes, a Netflix Canadian streaming import, has a fascinating premise. The two main characters, Zoe (Emilija Baranac) and Becca (Jennifer Tong), alternate each episode as we observe events from their perspectives. They compare, and contrast, and each scene can have a slightly different meaning.
This is critically important because these two best friends always despise each other, and we strive to unravel what went wrong with our favorite pair that will be charged with a felony or two.
Fakes begins with Zoe, a nerdy and lovable girl who creates a fake college identification card. Why? To sneak into dangerous fraternity parties and make a couple of keg stands? No. Zoe must access college-level materials to study for class. She must also secure her future.
After partying and some heavy drinking, Zoe's "besty" Becca, who has money, calls her for a ride home. Her mother rules her life with an iron fist, and her father is having an affair. So, she pays her friend 400 dollars to make her a fake college ID, and a side business begins.
Here, the two leads are very strong. And surprisingly so. At first, we see, frankly, two cliched characters: the nerd and the party girl. The pairing is a cliche in itself. Sitcoms have been obsessed with bringing different emotions to life in order to ignite a spark. Here, we see the arc of both young women as the series progresses.
Jennifer Tong's Becca, who plays Zoe in Turko and Fakes, has particular charm here. Tabia Lau, who scribes Turko and Fakes, adds different layers to Becca that are similar to a teenager who is dealing with similar social difficulties at home.
The 100's Richard Harmon, a late twenty-something who is always attempting to get ahead by illegitimate means and who helps the girls start their business, never reaches the point of unexpected violence or live-at-stakes suspense. He creates an outside tension that the program so desperately needed.
Fakes is a new twist on the timeline that is funny, and it does not answer all the questions that the pilot promises to answer. One is why one man is in jail, while the other is why the other is not. The season finale leaves plenty of promise, and it may be the next great streaming hit for networks like Netflix.
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