If you’re a fan of “Gossip Girl” and also love some “Veronica Mars,” you should add “Clique” to your binge list.
I binged the BBC’s “Clique” myself in 2019, when it briefly aired on Pop TV, the same network that’s aired “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Dawson’s Creek” in syndication over the years. They were having a “Clique” marathon and I actually ended up watching season 2 of the series before seeing the first. I was still able to follow along, more or less, and found myself sucked in. And naturally, after finishing season two, I went back and watched season 1.
I am going to encourage you to watch in order, though, in part because there is a mystery / thriller element and what happens in season 2 builds on what takes place in season 1. Here is the official description of the series’ first season:
“Childhood soulmates Georgia and Holly are only a few weeks into the so-called best years of their lives at university in Edinburgh, when Georgia gets drawn into the elite clique of alpha-girls, led by lecturer Jude McDermid. Jude’s brand of feminism is alluring, just like the circle of bright students she surrounds herself with. Georgia’s effortless entry into the clique leaves Holly out in the cold. But Holly’s jealousy soon escalates to panic as Georgia begins acting erratically. Alarmed by this transformation in her best friend, Holly is compelled to follow her into Jude’s closely guarded circle.
What she discovers is a seductive world of lavish parties, populated by Edinburgh's highest-powered business men and women. But it’s a world underpinned by sordid compromise, and as Holly exposes its deeply corrupt core, the danger mounts from all angles, for her and Georgia. Can Holly reclaim her soulmate? And at what cost to herself?”
I can’t give the synopsis of season 2 without spoiling some aspects of season 1, so I’m going to refrain. But I think you can see some of the “Gossip Girl” parallels above with the show’s focus on an “elite clique of alpha-girls” that is enveloped in a “seductive world of lavish parties.” The “Veronica Mars” components come in with the mysteries behind this world and Holly’s determination, much like Veronica, to get to the bottom of it at all. And with only six episodes in each season, “Clique” is an incredibly fast watch.
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