As The Crow Flies review: Intriguing but overly dramatic narrative

As The Crow Flies is a Netflix drama web series that follows a power struggle between Asli, an intern and Lale, an established anchor. It is now streaming on Netflix.

Story

When Lale Kiran (Birce Akalay) comes to a college as a guest speaker for a lecture, she meets Asli Tuna (Miray Daner).

Lale Kiran has worked as a news anchor for a show called “The Other Side,” which she co-founded with Muge Turkmen (Irem Sak), her best friend, and Kenan (Ibrahim Celikkol), the show’s producer, who is also her passionate mentor and ex-boyfriend.

They’re all employees of the MON5 television network, which is supervised by Gul (Defne Kayalar), the network’s CEO.

Asli intends to work as an intern at MON5 to infiltrate the company and damage Lale’s image. To get the job as Lale’s assistant, she starts a dispute between Lale and her personal assistant. She deceives Lale’s husband into believing that Lale and Kenan are having an affair.

Asli rekindled Kenan’s feelings for her and deceived him about Lale’s feelings for him which later, Lale stated to him to be false. As a result, Kenan moved on with his life.

Asli informs Muge that Gul has chosen her and convinces him to stage a mutiny against Lale. Lale delivers the fake news but explains to the audience through live telecast that it was all a dirty ruse done by her employees, making her a hero. However, Lale departs the show and quits.

Asli has taken over as the news anchor. She observes the new interns on the side staring at her, and she understands that now that she is at the top, she will be pursued.

Performances

Both the protagonist and antagonist of the drama series give outstanding performances. Birce Akalay is the leading star of the show who plays the role of Lale Kirman and exudes a show-stopping presence with ease.

Miray Daner plays the role of Asli Tuna and does a fantastic job of bringing her character’s passion to the verge of crazy.

On the other hand, Irem Sak, Ibrahim Celikkol, and Defne Kayalar give remarkable performances in their respective parts.

Positives

The writers are meticulous in their presentation of the generational gap’s complexity. The script keeps the viewers engaged. In the last few episodes, the storyline and writing reach a climax. Each episode run pretty smoothly.

The story is engaging. Even fans of the genre will like a few twists and turn in this drama series. It has a pleasant and relatable touch to it. The writers present the viewers with a rather satisfying conclusion.

The cinematography is rather stunning, especially when it comes to the opening scene of a birdhouse. In addition, the production value is fantastic. The interior set is huge and spread out. The presence of great and well-known actors and well-drawn characters holds the audience’s attention.

Negatives

The storyline and pacing of this series require thorough consideration, and the writers should be commended for how effectively they kept it compelling but unfortunately sacrificed its depth or complexity. The story can get too dramatic at times, which is unnecessary, such as in Asli’s absurd hostage scenario.

The screenplay is intriguing but mediocre, and it drags at moments. The dialogue seems a little odd. The lions and birds’ narratives are a bit unclear in which the narrator repeatedly mentions the bird’s ability to manipulate the lion. The animal kingdom analogies occasionally backfire.

Except for Lale Kiran, the characters lack a background story. Some of the characters are underdeveloped.

Verdict

As The Crow Flies is worth a watch and binge-worthy for those who like a dramatic fight for supremacy and the show is quite engaging.

Rating: 3/5


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