‘The Wilds’ Review: Stranded on an Island? Whatever. Just Try Being a Teenage Girl — Spoiler-Free

‘The Wilds’ Review: Stranded on an Island? Whatever. Just Try Being a Teenage Girl — Spoiler-Free
Leah has her head buried in a book. Fatin’s makeup is perfect. Martha is worried about her best friend, Toni, who seems increasingly angry. Nora is quiet. Her athletic sister, Rachel, is diligently measuring her food on an app that makes her iPhone double as a scale. Shelby is blonde and sunny. Dot is confrontational. Jeanette doesn’t know when to stop talking.

All of them are sitting in a chartered plane en route to Hawaii to attend a young women’s empowerment retreat — The Dawn of Eve — over a long weekend.

The plane takes off, things don’t go as planned, and these caricatures — purposefully crafted to hit the stereotypical marks of every teen show ever — are about to become the most compelling teenage girl characters seen in a genre TV program since “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Creator Sarah Streicher (“Daredevil”) takes a big swing on “The Wilds,
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