It’s hard to believe that by the Season 1 finale of “The Wilds” two years ago, the eight teenage girls left to fend for themselves on a remote island after a plane crash had only been stranded for three weeks. The Amazon Prime Video series creator Sarah Streicher’s well-written script and excellent casting made this series one of the most talked-about in 2020, and its second season is has been hotly anticipated ever since. Although we’ve seen versions of this premise before, what makes “The Wilds” unique is that it’s clear from the start that what we’re witnessing is an experiment.
Social scientist Gretchen Klein (Rachel Griffiths) has one goal: to prove that a matriarchal-led society is more efficient and less violent than our current Western male-dominated one. So she sets out to prove her hypothesis with a ridiculously well-funded and carefully orchestrated social experiment disguised as an island getaway called “The Dawn of Eve.” After Season 1’s mind-bending mystery, one of the girls, Leah (Sara Pidgeon), not only finds out they are unwitting subjects of an experiment but that they are not the only ones trapped in it. We delve into the program’s control group in Season 2, dubbed “The Twilight of Adam,” made up entirely of teen boys.
If Season 1 felt like a cross between “Mean Girls” and “Lost,” then Season 2 is “Lord of the Flies” meets “Westworld” as the boys are placed in even more dangerous situations than the girls — to disastrous results.