(Photo courtesy of Glamour) “‘Daisy Jones & The Six’ delivered upon its promises with a gripping drama that is sure to keep viewers engaged.”
This past month saw the release of one of the most anticipated shows of 2023, “Daisy Jones & The Six.” Based on the novel of the same name by bestselling author Taylor Jenkins Reid, the series has been over three years in the making. The show makes some significant deviations from the original plot of the book, but they serve to better adapt the novel to another format.
The show delivers more drama and tension between the characters than the book’s interview-style format could. In this instance, being able to show how the relationships between these people shift and break is far more impactful on the screen than on the page.
The show follows the tumultuous lives of the fictional band Daisy Jones & The Six during the early to mid-1970s. The show has dominated social media for the past few weeks, filling it with nothing but 70s nostalgia. Viewers experienced the band’s development from their humble beginnings to their massive success, and then their downfall.
The 10-episode series concluded this week on Amazon Prime Video. “Daisy Jones & The Six” stars Riley Keough and Sam Claflin as Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne, respectively. Both actors deliver impactful performances as the two clashing rockstars.
Other notable performances include Camila Morrone as Billy’s wife, Camila Dunne, and Josh Whitehouse as Eddie Roundtree. Claflin and Keough share undeniable onscreen chemistry and have perfected the tension that is needed to pull off their characters’ dramatic show-mance.
The costumes and scenery truly reflect the lifestyle of Los Angeles, California, in the 1970s, showing the wide range of styles that were on trend at the time. “Daisy Jones & The Six” is on track to have a large impact on both spring and summer fashion because of its era-accurate costumes, hair and makeup. The team behind the show even collaborated with Free People to release a collection of styles inspired by the outfits worn by various characters.
The highlight of the show is “Aurora,” the album that accompanies the series. It contains original songs performed by the cast members, both singing and playing their own instruments. The album topped the charts after its release, and one listen makes that reason clear.
The cast’s sound is eerily reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, the real-life band that inspired the story of Daisy Jones & The Six. “Look At Us Now (Honeycomb)” even samples “The Chain,” one of the group’s most iconic songs. Aurora has a vintage sound with clean, modern production that weaves seamlessly into the show, but can also be enjoyed while just being listened to.
“Daisy Jones & The Six” makes a name for itself as both an excellent TV show, and an homage to its source material. Viewers are placed within the hectic life of the 70s most iconic fictional celebrities, and the transition into this world is near-seamless. Fans of both Fleetwood Mac or the original “Daisy Jones & The Six” novel will likely be satisfied with this adaptation, which is faring far better than other page-to-screen attempts.
Overall rating: A