A few weeks ago, we shared the ins and outs of Serial Box and Remade. Last week, we reviewed S01E03. Come back weekly for ongoing reviews of your new favorite way to consume YA fiction.
This week, we get to know Loki, a young man who escapes a reality of bullying through video games, only to find his bullies have followed him there.
My friends, this is one tough and intense episode. E.C. Myers addresses a topic not broached often enough - the bullying of boys. We see a lot of references to the "mean girls" in our society but the bullying of boys is something that we need to talk more about. Loki (which is his online screen name) faces intense online bullying from a boy he used to call his closest friend, something he doesn't feel comfortable telling his parents about because what if they take away his only escape? Their reaction could make it worse for him, too. Though not implicitly said, it's implied that the bullying took a toll on Loki's mental health and was a factor in his death (much like other cases - have you watched Audrie & Daisy yet?).
Someone had hit reset on his life, and Loki could be whoever he wanted to be.
As with each of the previous episodes, The Most Dangerous Game is an insight into the unique qualities that Loki brings into the afterlife? other world? Loki brings strategy to the table, something he's clearly developed from playing video games. This becomes a life-saving thing for the team.
ReMade reminds me of how the Avengers movies were set up - where we got to know several characters and later they became a team. Each episode seems to be leading toward them working together to figure out what in the heck happened upon their death and how they can move forward.
ReMade: The Most Dangerous Game
by E.C. Myers
Published: October 5th 2016
Publisher: Serial Box
You live. You love. You die. Now RUN. ReMade.
Every minute, 108 people die.
On October 14th, 2016, from 9:31-9:32 p.m. EDT, 23 of those deaths will be teenagers.
Now they are humanity’s last hope for survival.
Awakened in a post-apocalyptic world and hunted by mechanical horrors, these teens search for answers amidst the ruins of civilization. Fate, love, and loyalty face off in this adrenaline -pumping YA adventure.
ReMade will unfold across 15 episodes. "The Most Dangerous Game" is the fourth episode.
Respawning in an unfamiliar place with no resources, weapons, or fuel sounds like a gamer’s nightmare – and Loki knows a thing or two about those. As the group tries to navigate finding food, creating shelter, and staying calm in a jungle with killer robots, he can’t help but wish for a reset button that takes him back – though he knows more than anyone that his life hasn’t been great for the last several checkpoints. When a new predator begins to stalk the survivors he sees his chance to prove himself in the real world, but he’s pretty sure he’s already used his one life in this game.