7.4
214 votes
The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society

Disney+ 2021

Four gifted orphans are recruited by an eccentric benefactor to go on a secret mission. Placed undercover at a boarding school known as The Institute, they must foil a nefarious plot with global ramifications, while creating a new sort of family along the way.

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#1 - A Bit of Light Chop (Season 2 - Episode 2)

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The episode was rated 8.06 from 18 votes.

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#2 - Big Day Today (Season 1 - Episode 8)

Mr. Benedict, Rhonda, and Number Two arrive at The Institute, ready to take down Dr. Curtain and his minions. The kids form an elaborate plan to destroy the Whisperer once and for all. Milligan’s shocking connection to Dr. Curtain is revealed. Dr. Curtain prepares to take an aggressive step forward in The Improvement. The kids, Benedict’s team, and Dr. Curtain face off in a climactic final showdown, the fate of society itself hanging in the balance.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 116 votes.

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#3 - A Perilous Journey (Season 2 - Episode 1)

When the kids discover that Mr. Benedict and Number Two have been kidnapped, they must piece together the riddles and clues within a perilous scavenger hunt set by Mr. Benedict to foil Curtain’s latest scheme.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 27 votes.

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#4 - Carrying a Bird (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Mr. Benedict lays out the world-changing stakes of his top-secret mission to Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance: The Emergency is out of control, and the only way to stop it is to infiltrate the mysterious L.I.V.E. Institute on Harbor Island. Our young heroes embark on an undercover operation as transfer students at the school, and learn to navigate unfriendly fellow students, bizarre, nonsensical classes, and a shockingly familiar Headmaster.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 181 votes.

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#5 - The Dance of the Celestial Orb (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Kate embarks on a rogue mission into Dr. Curtain’s secret lab which ends in disaster. Mr. Benedict, Number Two, and Rhonda decide to take matters into their own hands. Reynie accuses Sticky of being taken in by Dr. Curtain’s charismatic ways, while Kate’s deception makes Martina a target. Reynie is called into Dr. Curtain’s office for interrogation. Constance’s unique sensitivity to the Whisperer comes to a head, and the team realizes that their time is running out.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 117 votes.

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#6 - A Bunch of Smart Orphans (Season 1 - Episode 1)

A good-hearted, unusually gifted orphan named Reynie Muldoon enters a competition to win a scholarship to the prestigious Boatwright Academy. While undergoing a grueling series of tests, Reynie joins forces with two other uniquely gifted orphans, Sticky Washington and Kate Wetherall, and the three of them work together to tackle the challenges in their path. The children are introduced to a fourth gifted orphan, Constance Contraire, and finally to the enigmatic Mr. Benedict.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 233 votes.

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#7 - Depends on the Wagon (Season 1 - Episode 3)

The kids of the Mysterious Benedict Society come to a grim realization about Dr. Curtain’s methods of keeping secrets. They also learn the dire consequences to the mission if they were to slip to the bottom of their classes: they would be kicked out. After receiving a message from the children, Mr. Benedict and his crew investigate his possible connection to Dr. Curtain. The children resolve to learn more about the elite Messenger program at the school.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 166 votes.

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#8 - Run Silent, Run Deep (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Mr. Benedict reveals the truth about his past with Dr. Curtain – and how he may be partly to blame for Curtain’s misdeeds. The adults agree the mission has gotten too dangerous to continue. Sticky is given a special task during Messenger duty and begins to question his loyalties. Kate and Reynie develop their respective friendships with Martina and Curtain’s son, SQ, and use them to advance the mission.

The episode was rated 7.40 from 118 votes.

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#9 - A Whisper, Not a Shout (Season 1 - Episode 4)

The children make a risky play to search for clues right under Dr. Curtain’s nose. Mr. Benedict and Milligan head out into rugged terrain to do some recon of their own. Rhonda and Number Two butt heads about their unique approaches to fighting The Emergency. Sticky gets caught trying to help Kate cheat, and finds out the next phase of Dr. Curtain’s insidious plot. Kate suffers a blow to her academic standing but finds a saving grace in Martina Crowe and her tetherball team.

The episode was rated 7.34 from 147 votes.

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#10 - The Art of Conveyance and Round-Trippery (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Reynie and Sticky investigate secret transmissions. Constance and Kate explore the island.

The episode was rated 7.30 from 145 votes.

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Last updated: nov 26, 2022

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There are comparisons made to _A Series of Unfortunate Events_ though I must say Netflix's rendition of that series was a bit more fun than this one. The kid characters carried this show. Kate Wetherall with her bucket is my favorite. Constance Contraire is a close second. The two boys just don't have much of interesting personalities in this case which is a surprise as usually I root for the young guys in shows like this. There are 4 books in the series plus 1 prequel. Season 1 adapted the first book and news says that if there will be future seasons, they will take elements from the sequels instead of each season being a straight adaptation. I'm not sure this is wise but we'll see. I haven't read these books. To be honest, they're one of those I've always been curious about and I always looked longingly at them in bookstores. I always feared though that they're for much younger audiences like the _How To Train Your Dragon_ books that's why I never really even bought them. Based on this TV show, I think I may have been right about it having a simpler plot than I would have preferred. It's fine. I do hope they make more seasons. Season One's plot has an eerily familiar aura about it. The idea of mind-control and emotional manipulation through media is all too real today with the horrors of advertising and social media and the pandemic and vaccine conspiracies. I'll be honest I didn't like how it felt like it was a sort of thinly veiled propaganda because of this. I don't know if this blatant messaging is even that explicit in the book. But I suppose at least it ends well as the overarching message it seems is that manipulation of people, even with the best of intentions, is wrong. There's also themes of friendship and honor that are just as important for kids to learn. All in all, a pretty good children's show from Disney. I want to complain about the pacing because it felt like it dragged a bit but I suppose that with the atmosphere they were going for here, the story and character development were treated fairly well by having those 8 episodes to showcase what their world has to offer.

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This was a delightful show. Even though this is a Dinsey show it is a little darker and more intense than their usual fare. There are similarities to "A Series of Unfortunate Events", so if you liked that show you will undoubtedly enjoy this as well. The highlight for me was little Constance. That character tickled my funny bone. She had some of the best lines and attitudes every episode. How I rate: 1-3 :heart: = seriously! don't waste your time 4-6 :heart: = you may or may not enjoy this 7-8 :heart: = I expect you will like this too 9-10 :heart: = movies and TV shows I really love!

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I can't help noticing how some things remind me of A Series of Unfortunate Events, though this one tells a more cohesive story. The whole cast delivered in a way that leaves us wanting more but they still closed a good arc with S01.

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