People have been raving about The Circle. It’s weird that the series is not coming out in my recommendations but I’m glad I was able to read tweets and articles about it. That’s why I spent one weekend watching it and boy, I loved it to bits!
The Circle is a reality show that features its contestants moving into one apartment building. The appeal of The Circle is the players do not get the chance to see each other face-to-face during the competition. They live in separate apartment units and can only communicate via voice-activated apps on the TV screen. The anonymity allows each contestant to hide their true identities and portray themselves however they want to be. During the competition, the players are asked to rate one another from their favorite to their least favorite. The lowest rated players are at risk of being eliminated/blocked from the game. The last contestant standing will win The Circle and take home $100,000 cash prize.
Let me just say that the concept of The Circle is so unique and so timely with the way social media is today. It touches on authenticity and how people interact with each other. Especially now in real life, people tend to prefer talking online versus in person so this series actually brings us back to the notion that building genuine relationship is important.
*** spoilers ahead ***
Let me touch on my thoughts about each contestant/player in The Circle:
- Alana – she said she doesn’t want to be defined by her model status. However, she just can’t deny the fact that she lived in that looks-focused world. She even named the girls chat as “Skinny Queens”. It was shallow at best and actually already a giveaway that she’s really a model (the other contestants didn’t catch that). Anyhow, she’s pretty and tries to keep it real. It’s sad that she was blocked the first but that’s just the way a competition goes.
- Antonio – I actually like him! He’s pleasing to the eyes but definitely rubbed the people the wrong way after the 1st impressions. Somehow, I think he deserved to be blocked in the 2nd episode.
- Karyn – I understand why she decided to be a catfish. When Antonio spilled out that he visited a catfish, Karyn made the super wrong move of planting false stories on the remaining players’ heads that she wasn’t the one Antonio was pertaining to. If she only played it safe and kept quiet and only mention when asked, she could have dodged a bullet.
- Miranda – I love this girl!!! I’m just sad she left the Circle early. She’s super loving, nice and doesn’t really have any grudges within her despite having gone through a lot of difficulties in the past. The way she fell for Joey and stuck through it despite being blocked by him is just amazing. With the revelation of Joey flirting around, she still gave that sweet little answer when asked that she’s okay with it and would still want to continue dating Joey. Awww ❤️
- Alex – this guy is too funny! I felt like he has so much bottled up inside and he took this chance in the Circle to let it all out. Good for him!
- Bill – I didn’t much connect with Bill. I feel like he had some painful experience that he’s very bitter and it came out in full picture during the show (especially after he was blocked).
- Sean – It’s good that she came clean as a catfish after just a day. But I really felt it’s more a strategy than anything. If being genuine is really important, she would portrayed as herself from the start.
- Ed and Tammy – Ed is a another favorite! It’s sad though since he wasn’t part of the original cast so he had to go in the episode he was blocked. I hope he’ll build the friendship with Joey as I think they’ll be very very good friends.
- Seaburn – There is no doubt he loves his girlfriend a lot. He used his girlfriend’s identity to see how far a catfish can go in the competition. I felt he was just playing the game but unfortunately, I don’t think he’ll build solid friendships as most of the players value authenticity in the circle (especially Shubham).
- Chris – Like Shubham, he wanted to ensure he’s showing the real Chris in the show. It worked for him! I think he only started really caring for the players latter on in the game but in the start, he was very careful and strategic.
- Sammie – this girl is brilliant! I love all that she is. I wish her the best and glad she got 3rd place in the competition.
- Shubham – I appreciate this guy because authenticity is important to him. And I’m glad that he continues to point out that if you’re really authentic as you say you are, you would have portrayed yourself from the start. That’s straight up truth for us 🙂
- Joey – I hated him at first but quickly became my favorite during the 2nd episode. Joey is extremely authentic, emotional, real and caring. He deserved to win the Circle! I was rooting for him since 2nd episode!
I wish Netflix will release more seasons of the Circle. I will watch it for sure when it comes out!
My rating for The Circle: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ (4 out of 5 stars).