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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Suicide haunts compelling, cliffhanger-heavy survival show.

TV Quibi Drama 2020
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Taut, ominous, with a great soundtrack and cast, this "movie in chapters" will keep viewers relentlessly advancing to the next short chunk to find out what happens next. When we meet Jane, she's a woman in tatters: Convinced that suicide is her inevitable fate (after all, her father and grandmother both died that way), she hatches a dark plan that she believes will ensure she'll never reach home after being released from Lifehouse (the institution that treated her after her last suicide attempt). But fate has plans of its own, and when Jane and Paul find themselves stranded at the top of a mountain, Jane's survival instincts kick in at last.

Watching characters struggling in a terrible situation from the comfort of a cozy couch is a classic diversion, of course, but if the characters aren't appealing, viewers won't watch for long. But both Jane and Paul are sympathetic: You root for them, and as they slowly find ways to keep themselves safe and start working their way back to civilization, viewers may be tempted to imagine how they'd handle such an impasse. Thankfully, these characters are smart as well as relatable, and despite the seemingly impossible odds, they're not out of options. Survive is a story told in a series of cliffhangers; just try to keep yourself from anticipating the next one.

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