The Mysterious Benedict Society was a jaw-dropping masterpiece



This is the poster for the new Disney + show, The Mysterious Benedict Society.

The Mysterious Benedict Society had the hair on my arms standing on end. Each episode is more intriguing than the last, engaging me through the spectacular finale. 

My family and I have a tradition that each Sunday we watch a show together. So when Disney+ started releasing weekly episodes of The Mysterious Benedict Society, we decided to watch it, and it was a huge hit in the Cousins household. 

This show had my vast attention every Sunday as the TV played the show’s anxiety-inducing background music. The mystery behind each episode had me clinging to the pillow beside me. 

With most shows, it’s hard to have all the major characters be likeable, yet The Mysterious Benedict Society managed it. Constance Contraire—portrayed by Marta Kessler—was absolutely my favorite, and I loved how she compared to my cousin with her sassy, “don’t tell me what to do” attitude. 

Reynard Muldoon (Mystic Inscho), more commonly called Reynie, was dubbed the leader of The Mysterious Benedict Society—as the group of pre-teens named themselves. He was smart and compassionate and an easy character to like. He was also an incredibly intelligent kid, and I might so humbly say I saw myself in him. 

There was also George “Sticky” Washington (Seth Carr), who had a photographic memory. He was used by his aunts and uncles as a child and was therefore a sad kid who only wanted to be happy. Sticky was my least favorite character. I couldn’t name why, per se, although it could have to do with how much of a pushover he was. 

Each episode had the children face conflicts involving other people, themselves, and their morals. All four kids valued truth to a very high standard, yet were faced with an onslaught of deceit at every turn. 

Rounding out the team was Kate Weatherall (Emmy DeOliveira), who had a large personality to hide her insecurities. She reminded me of my little sister, who is just as much of a tomboy as Kate. Kate also had an intriguing backstory that made her even more unique, and she truly made the show for me.

These four children were smart and intuitive, which is what landed them in their predicament. The end of free will is on the horizon and few know of it; these kids are the only hope. They are sent to a boarding school that seems to be the cause of the “Emergency”—a plague of anxiety that has settled over the world. 

I watched with childlike eagerness as the children jumped through obstacle after obstacle. I loved every twist and turn, and the widespread slide of emotions I felt made the show all the more captivating. 

Each episode had the children facing conflicts involving other people, themselves, and their morals. All four kids valued truth to a very high standard yet were faced with an onslaught of deceit at every turn. 

The captivating characters and plot were matched with antique-esque wardrobes and sets. This aesthetic background only led my love for the show to grow. The thickening plot at every new episode had me clawing my way through the week. 

I was pleased to be sitting on my couch, safe from the lies playing out before me. I wish I could turn the time back to watch the show again and enjoy every suspenseful moment for the first time. I yearn to watch every plot twist unfold again. Though it won’t be the same as watching it unravel for the first time, I’m sure you will catch me watching The Mysterious Benedict Society once again.