An Insatiable Thirst for Revenge


By courtesy of the show “Insatiable.”




  1. (of an appetite or desire) impossible to satisfy.

Insatiable is a Netflix original series that involves racism, gender inequality, disability, disorders, sexuality, and more. Season 2 was released on Netflix on October 11. The show  features Patty (Debby Ryan), an overweight, self-loathing teenager who was bullied and underestimated, who suddenly loses her weight from being punched in the face.

This is her path to happiness because being skinny fixes everything, right?

Only, the fun has just started. With the help of Robert Armstrong (Dallas Armstrong), Patty strives in beauty pageants and attempts to build her way to the top. On her path, she encounters those who become her competitors, but her most influential antagonist of all is herself. Her eating addiction becomes her coping mechanism and grows into more, which plays throughout the series.

Despite the show creating situations that deal with racism, disability, etc.., they give out band-aid solutions. These joke resolutions don’t fix the real problem at hand and create a larger mockery of the issues. For making a comedic and dramatic show with touches of reality, the solutions given out make reality part of the comedy. For those struggling with weight issues, the show starts off with an overweight teenager who loses all of her weight and becomes slim. While the production was about how what you think will make you happy won’t solve all your problems, it’s no longer believable. It starts off with what people “want” and it tries to portray the other issues that also can’t be fixed easily, but all done as a joke.

However, the message still stands. Not one thing can fix all of your problems. Getting your revenge body won’t make you happy, winning beauty pageants won’t give you the world and most certainly the need for vengeance won’t make you a better person. This show does a great job of illustrating the idea that all of your issues and flaws won’t disappear. Patty believes that her difficulties will disintegrate once she loses her weight, but she found more dilemmas and her feeling of fat never ceased.

While the message stands, the characters become highly unrelatable. At first, they have understandable backgrounds and their problems are easily relatable but as problems inflate, so do their lives. I don’t think normal people have issues with the content that goes on in season two. Season one started out with relative plots and senses of humor added in then season two changed it dramatically. It went from typical plots with comedic points including characters who are relatable, to obscure parts and drastic circumstances.