Welcome to Eden
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Welcome to Eden
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Welcome to Eden is a Spanish thriller series (available dubbed in English) that features mature themes, violence (blood is often visible), and strong sexual content (including a bare bottom). Kidnapping and death are also major themes. While the Spanish-language version has plenty of swearing, the English translations feature milder language. There's lots of drinking, and a drug-addicted parent is featured. Apple products are occasionally visible, and Twitter is briefly referenced. Younger teens may be drawn to it, but it's intended for older viewers.
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What's the Story?
WELCOME TO EDEN (aka Bienvenidos a Edén) is a Spanish thriller about a group of social media influencers who are trapped on an island paradise. When teen influencer Zoa (Amaia Aberasturi) gets a random invite via text from someone named Astrid (Amaia Salamanca) to an exclusive beach party on a remote island to promote a new beverage called Eden Blue, she and her friend Judith (Ana Mena) decide to go have a good time. Joining them on the party bus are other influencers like Aldo (Alberto Baró), Ibón (Diego Garisa), Charly (Tomy Aguilera), and Africa (Belinda Peregrín). When they get to the island, Judith begins to notice some strange things. Even stranger: The next day, Zoa can't find her -- nor can she remember what happened the night before. Before long, Zoa, Aldo, and the others realize that they're being held on the island against their will by a cult-like group.
Is It Any Good?
The suspense-filled Spanish thriller (available dubbed in English and subtitled) reminds us that what may seem perfect on social media is often a facade being used to hide darker truths. Thanks to good writing and a well-paced narrative, it successfully offers this lesson by combining science fiction, relationship drama, and contemporary influencer culture. But Welcome to Eden's real entertainment value comes from the many nail-biting moments when characters strategize and take frightening risks to escape their fate. If you're looking for a bingeable series that is both engaging and sinister, you will certainly find it here.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how social media led to the situation Zoa and the other influencers find themselves in. What made them targets for the Eden Foundation? Why were they so easily persuaded to go to the island?
What does Welcome to Eden reveal about the real lives of the top influencers living on the island? How do they compare with their online image? How does their life on the island parallel this? What message is this sending to viewers?
- Premiere date: May 6, 2022
- Cast: Amaia Aberasturi, Amaia Salamanca, Belinda Peregrín
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Science Fiction
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
Our Editors Recommend
Dystopian thriller has a good story, violent moments.
Entertaining dystopian thriller has cursing, strong content.
Excellent Spanish crime thriller is violent, has nudity.
Engrossing, snarky mystery has mature themes, language.
For kids who love thrillers and drama
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