The mysterious, psychological mind – The Shield

“Re: Mind” is a Japanese psychological series on Netflix that follows a group of high school girls who find themselves in a difficult situation as they are held in a dining room, without knowing how or why they got there.

The original series has 13 episodes ranging from 23 to 30 minutes long, but that’s just enough to scare audiences. A thriller like this doesn’t take long to end because it’s an easily addicting spectacle. This leaves the audience on the edge of their seats as they try to figure out with the high school kids who would have done this to them and why.

The show begins with the girls waking up one by one, reacting like anyone would wake up in an unfamiliar situation. Each student has their own personality, but together they come to the conclusion that this is a media group in which they have all participated. They were all part of a group that wanted to serve justice.

It doesn’t take long before the public realizes that the only seat missing from the dining table also happens to be the leader of the group who disappeared a year ago.

As the girls begin to figure out who might do this to them and their own crimes are revealed, the lights go out and one of them disappears.

Watching a program is more enjoyable when a viewer feels they can participate in the discovery of the mystery. “Re: Mind” keeps the audience on their toes as they search for the culprit as much as the girls.

Each episode is filled with a spooky aspect – oil falling from the ceiling or rats coming out of nowhere – and the music helps add to the suspense. Occasional flashbacks help show what may have led to the current situation.

The end can be quite disappointing. The public learns who the mastermind was and why the high school kids were locked up, but it’s unsatisfying because the public doesn’t know what happens to everyone afterwards.

There is nothing wrong with unfortunate ends, and that is the great thing about this show. It is meant to linger in the minds of the audience as they try to figure out for themselves how to interpret the meaning of the ending.

“Re: Mind” is a great program for putting off school work because it’s quick to complete and doesn’t waste time.

(4/5)

Marie A. Evans