Stream it or skip it?

Elite is one of the stealthiest international shows on Netflix. Set in a prestigious Spanish preparatory school, the series is a sleazy soap opera filled with steamy sex scenes and wild murder mysteries. Now in its sixth seasonElite faces its biggest challenge yet: overcoming the drama of seasons past while juggling a cast of relative newbies. Yes, this is the first season of Elite without any of the original cast members…

Opening shot: Iván (André Lamoglia) anxiously walks down a street at night. When he sees a car at the end of the street, he waves at it. Instead of picking up the teenager, the engine revs and the driver rams the boy. Ivan flies over the hood and roof, landing hard on the asphalt. The camera pans to the teen’s face, revealing blood pooling on his head. Friends, we have another potential Elite Murder mystery to unravel by going back in time.

The essence: Elite Season 6 takes place a few months after the savage season 5 finale, which killed off series star Itzan Escamilla’s Samuel. They tell us that all of Samu’s friends have left, but the school is still a pressure cooker for the children of her “killer”: Ari (Carla Diaz), Patrick (Manu Ríos) and Mencia (Martina Cariddi). Party queen Isadora (Valentina Zenere) has quit drugs in the wake of her sexual assault, but her friends and family basically set her up to fail her recovery. Her parents literally gave her a nightclub, gave her drugs, and insinuated that she lied about raping her. Meanwhile, Patrick struggles to believe that he and Ivan are in a stable relationship. Naturally, this idyllic romance is ruined by Iván’s father, Cruz (Carloto Cotta), at the end of the episode when the soccer star tries to connect with Patrick. again. Mencia feels attracted to an influential new student, Sara (Carmen Arrufat), famous for her relationship with the perfect Raúl (Alex Pastrana). She just so happens Raul is a controlling dominator and Sara hers (potentially unwilling?) sub hers. Another “new” kid, Nico (Ander Puig), finds himself mostly welcomed by his classmates after transition, but Ari keeps making transphobic comments towards him. This is made even more awkward by the fact that Ari is attracted to Nico, who has clearly harbored a long-standing unrequited crush on the high school princess. Did I miss something? Bilal (Adam Nourou) is back and working at Isadora’s new club/hotel/house along with new character Didac (Álvaro de Juana), the latter of whom is fired when he tells Isadora his nonsense (and suggests that she she lied about her assault). ? Wow!).

Once again things are untidy in the world of Elite.

Nico in Elite Season 6
Photo: Netflix

What shows will it remind you of? on the surface, Elite is a distinctly European spin on the private school soap opera genre perfected by the original Gossip Girl. However, his penchant for provocation—nude locker room scenes, NSFW connections, and exploration of topics like addiction, sexual abuse, and trans rights—make him a worthy HBO companion. Euphoria.

Our take: Elite Season 6 seems to have many of the ingredients that have defined seasons past, but something is definitely different this time around. (And I don’t mean that no one from the early glory days of the show still lurks in the halls of Las Encinas.) There is a clear melancholy in the Elite Season 6 premiere. Not only do we know another teen ends up dead, but Isadora’s story is devastating. On the other hand, it is clear that not everything is going well in the relationship of the new characters Sara and Raúl. Sara’s sad look at Raúl’s attempt to hook up Mencia for a threesome is almost as disturbing as his robotic offer to be his “toy”. Nobody has fun in it Elite Season 6 premiere, which means I’m not sure if I’m having fun. EliteIt’s supposed to be fun, right? Right?

Sex and skin: While there’s plenty of kissing and hardly any outfits, there are only two actual scenes of nudity or sex. At the beginning of the episode, we see how a nervous Nico decides to shower with the boys with his swimsuit still on. They look butts! Later, Sara offers handcuffs to a masturbating Raúl so he won’t leave her out of it. She establishes control, but we don’t really see anything to suggest true passion.

Parting shot: After a horrifying scene where Isadora realizes that her rapists are back in class with her Y Iván finds out that the images of his father kissing his ex have gone viral, we cut outdoors. More pools of blood come out of Iván’s head and whoever ran him over leaves.

sleeping star: Rookie Ander Puig will conquer hearts and cause crushes like Nico. He’s cute, charming, and emotionally vulnerable…and yet bold enough to call Ari out on the transphobic shit about him.

Most of the Pilot-y line: Given that we already know so many of the characters in this world, the clumsiest introduction is probably the announcer telling the clubgoers at Isadora’s House, “We’re also honored to have the sexiest couple taking the world by storm.” social networks: Saraul.Objectives.” Well, we get it. Sara and Raúl are hot on TikTok. Maybe that’s why there is a total emotional void in their interactions.

Our call: I have to go with… Skip it. If you are deeply involved in this telenovela and you love sexy Spanish killer teens, watch it. However, the hedonistic joy of seasons past has been replaced by an unpleasant sense of dread. That, plus the fact that we don’t have a long history with any of the remaining characters, makes it a bit more difficult to root for new couples, old rivalries, and friendships to conquer it all.

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