The Idol

Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd are the unlikable lead characters in HBO’s The Idol

We didn’t like either of the two lead characters in The Idol, but we were in the small group of people who really did like the show. Of course we weren’t supposed to like Tedros, the sleazy cult leader played by The Weeknd, but we also didn’t find much admirable about Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp) the singing star he preyed upon who turned out, at the end, to have maybe been in control all along.

Both had rather grimy, selfish goals, and we didn’t care if they achieved them. Yet we loved the show for its excess and willingness to go to darkly absurd places, and realize that Depp and The Weeknd were admirably open to being unsympathetic and unlikable lead characters so that others could shine, like Suzanna Son’s Chloe, Troye Sivan’s Xander, Rachel Sennot’s Leia, and especially Da’Vine Joy Randolph’s Destiny.

We’re sorry HBO let the show go after one hypnotic season.