Kiss Me First is a British thriller from Netflix and it is giving me goosebumps. The series runs for 6 episodes and it is a murder mystery for the digital age. The story focuses around the blossoming friendship of Leila/Shadowfax (Tallulah Haddon) and Tess/Mania (Simona Brown). Leila seems to be seeking escape from reality, through the virtual reality game “Azana,” after her mother’s death. Tess picks up on Leila’s vulnerability and invites her into Red Pill. You fans of The Matrix know exactly what that means… off the grid and into some crazy open consciousness shit. Red Pill is a paradise where “Azana” players are free to be themselves and to feel.

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Before you know it, Tess/Mania has found Leila/Shadowfax in IRL and the two begin to form a relationship full of codependency, escape and fantasy. That is, until Leila discovers the hidden antics of Red Pill’s creator Adrian when another player goes missing online and is found dead from an apparent suicide IRL. A suicide that Leila may have witnessed in VR.

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After viewing the first two episodes of Kiss Me First, I can honestly say that I’m looking forward to a light binge with Tess and Leila.

What You’ll Love About Kiss Me First:

  1. Two strong female leads with a beautiful ass, complex WoC as one of them
  2. Great nods to The Matrix, Ready Player One, and Black Mirror
  3. Kiss Me First is Britishly bleak in it’s delivery of a coming of age story
  4. The stunning landscapes of “Azana” that are almost as beautiful as Zelda: Breath of the Wild

What You’ll Crave For:

  1. A not-so-seemingly predictable plot
  2. Smoother transitions from VR to RL
  3. A Tess and Leila ship
  4. For Kiss Me First not to become another 13 Reasons Why

If this is what growing up in the digital age is all about, I’ll stick to the tv for my VR drama. Kiss Me First seems like a good late night binge for just that.

Kiss Me First premieres on Netflix in the U.S. on Friday June 29th.

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