February 21, 2024

Before her most recent role in Cassandra Lang Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Kathryn Newton he has had a long career in film and television in leading and secondary roles. With small roles Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Lady Birdand Big Little Liesand leading roles in similar films Detective Pikachu and A map of perfect little things. But her most impressive performance was the brief role of Allie Pressman the associationThe Netflix original series was canceled after its first season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is ‘The Society’ about?

inspired by lord of the flies and the Piper’s Tale, the association It follows a group of high school students in the fictional small but wealthy town of West Ham, Connecticut. In the first episode, a mysterious, putrid smell hits the community, and a message appears spray-painted on the outside wall of the church, “mene mene tekel upharsin”, A Hebrew phrase from the book of Daniel, which means “you have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.” Hence the expression ‘the writing on the wall’, and for West Ham students, literally and metaphorically.


While the smell lasts, every West Ham High School student over the age of 16 is sent on a field trip to the Smoky Mountains for a week of camping. While all the students are asleep on the bus, they are unknowingly forced to turn around and head home due to a violent storm. As soon as they wake up, the bus drivers drop them out of the school in the dark and drive away. But the town is eerily quiet and completely empty—parents, siblings, teachers—everyone is gone, and the returning students have lost phone service, Internet, and connection to the outside world. They soon discover that this version of West Ham is surrounded by a seemingly impenetrable forest, leaving them to fend for themselves and figure out what happened to them.

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Allie becomes West Ham’s new reluctant leader

Kathryn Newton as Allie in The Society
Image via Netflix

Fortunately for Allie and the rest of the West Ham students, her older sister Cassandra (Rachel Keller), rises as leader and devises a plan for the village to work together to survive, sharing houses, eating communally, and rotating necessary tasks on a weekly schedule. After the boys sweep the town, Cassandra urges the girls to stick together, while a group of boys discuss their problems with Cassandra’s leadership in a way that reeks of misogyny. At the end of episode 3, Cassandra is shot and killed, and their community immediately descends into chaos.

After her sister’s funeral, the children begin to abandon their work schedule and arm themselves with their parents’ weapons, leaving West Ham in a brief state of anarchy before Allie’s friends force her to take Cassandra’s position as village leader. students accept (first). Living in her older sister’s shadow all her life, Allie is unprepared for this demanding new role as she searches for her grieving, murderous sister. Trying to keep things under control in an increasingly volatile environment where new problems arise every day, Allie makes bold and sometimes morally questionable decisions to prevent her new society from falling apart.

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Kathryn Newton in The Society
Image via Netflix

Although it was originally renewed for a second season, the association It was eventually canceled due to cost and scheduling issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, so unfortunately this thought-provoking lord of the flies it was cut with several loose ends. In a show with more than a dozen characters, Allie remains the centerpiece of the series, and Newton’s performance solidifies her as a believable, gray character. Driven by some other outstanding performances Olivia DeJonge, Toby Wallaceand Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Newton does a great job of portraying the range of emotions that Allie goes through at every point in the series. Pushed into an unwanted leadership position, Allie tries to put on a brave face and channel some of her late sister’s composure, but she occasionally glimpses her petrified inner child in Newton’s expressive eyes.

replacing Newton Emma Fuhrmann Cassie Lang was a controversial move and her performance Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania it’s been a bit divisive among fans, but he’s definitely an actor worth seeing in other projects, as in his latest roles. the association and the 2020 slasher comedy Freaky. Another victim of Netflix’s tendency to cancel their original shows after just one season, Newton was unfortunately stripped of the opportunity to further develop Allie’s character in Season 2.

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