Watch our spoiler-free review of “Swarm,” the highly anticipated limited series from Janine Nabors and Donald Glover, or read the review below.
Let me begin by saying I had no idea what I was going into with “Swarm” because the plot was heavily guarded.
But, what I can tell you is that once I found out – I was not ready!
Let’s begin by addressing the elephant in the room…
This series is obviously inspired by the Queen Bey – Beyoncé and her legions of fans known as the “Beyhive.”
So much so, that every episode of the series begins with the following disclaimer:
This is not a work of fiction. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events, is intentional.
And what do bees in a hive do? They swarm! See where we are going with this?!
So, let’s get into the cast.
“Swarm” stars Dominique Fishback as “Dre,” a young woman whose obsession with a Beyoncé-like pop star named Ni’Jah takes a dark turn and sets her off on an unexpected cross-country journey.
Chloe Bailey stars in the series as Dre’s sister, Marissa, who has dreams of one day becoming a makeup artist to the stars, and Damson Idris stars as Marissa’s boyfriend, Khalid.
Throughout the series, we are treated to a number of guest appearances, but I was most impressed with the guest performances of Paris Jackson and Billie Eilish, who I didn’t even recognize until the credits started rolling.
Dominique Fishback put on an acting clinic throughout the entire series.
Give her all of her things…and mine!
Dominique’s portrayal of “Dre” will drag you deep into the world of obsession, mental illness, loss, anger, abandonment, violence, and longing for acceptance.
She made me laugh, she made me cry, and she scared the shizznit out of me.
Chloe Bailey did a great job as well.
Her character, “Marissa,” served as a ray of light that could always penetrate Dre’s darkness and chaos.
At SXSW, Chloe talked about how Damson Idris made her comfortable while shooting their sex scene.
Baby, when you see that thang you’re going to understand exactly why she was explaining ahead of time.
Cheeks got clapped!
Damson’s role as Marissa’s boyfriend, Khalid, pissed me off and that’s all I will say about that.
“Swarm” will offer viewers seven episodes that feel like seven courses in a meal.
Much like Donald Glover’s hit series, “Atlanta,” each episode has the ability to stand alone like an anthology series, however, together they tell a full story.
Now, if blood and violence ain’t your thing – this is not the series for you because it’s violence – brutally violent.
So, grab your clutch able pearls, and your prayer cloth before watching.
My only complaint about “Swarm” is I felt like it left me hanging.
It felt like I was on this captivating road trip and out of nowhere the car stopped and someone told me I had to get out of the car because the trip was over.
“Swarm” doesn’t really offer any closure and I’m not sure if that wasn’t intentional.
When I finished Episode 7, I thought Prime Video forgot to send me the last episode.
But, does that take away from the experience of watching “Swarm?” Nope.
I actually watched the series in its entirety twice because there were things I missed the first go-round.
The Beyhive is going to love this series or they are going to drag Donald Glover to the pits of hell.
There is no in-between.
Be sure to check out “Swarm” on Prime Video.
All seven episodes are now available for you to consume at your leisure over the weekend.
Then, be sure to come back and let me know if you agree with my assessment of the series.
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