Netflix has served up a new dark comedy which is causing quite a stir.
Beef follows the fortunes and misfortunes of lead characters Danny (Steven Yeun) and Amy (Ali Wong) as a road rage incident spirals into a seemingly never-ending cycle of revenge and retribution.
The 10-episode new series premiered on the streaming service on 6 April and has certainly tickled fans taste buds. We take a look at what Beef is all about and how the first series ends. (Spoiler alert!)
What is the new Netflix series Beef about?
Beef, in this case, does not refer to the meat but rather the slang meaning of the word; a complaint, an argument of a dispute.
According to the official synopsis, Beef follows the aftermath of a road rage incident between two strangers. Danny Cho, a failing contractor with a chip on his shoulder, goes head-to-head with Amy Lau, a self-made entrepreneur with a picturesque life.
The incident triggers an ongoing feud in which the stakes get ever higher and the lead characters lives begin to unravel.
Wong, who plays Amy, said what resonated with her “was the rage that these two characters feel, especially for Amy, whose life is so seemingly perfect.
“You just never know what’s going on in someone’s head and in someone’s personal life”, she added.
What happens at the end of the season?
The finale in episode 10 see the consequences of the Danny and Amy’s actions reach a surreal level (spoiler alert – look away now if you don’t want to know!)
The pair are stranded in a canyons after driving their cars off the side of a cliff. Although they survive the crash, they quickly become dehydrated in the desert and succumb to the effects of poisonous berries and start hallucinating.
Believing they are dying, they talk and bond while in the wilderness. After surviving the night, they manage to escape but Danny is then shot and ends up on a ventilator in a critical condition in hospital.
His once arch-enemy Amy is by his side at the hospital and climbs onto his bed, where Danny appears to put his arm around her.
What have fans said about Beef?
A first taste of Beef appears to have left a lasting impression, with viewers raving about the black comedy. One wrote on Twitter: “I watched Beef on a whim and Good Lord that show is an achievement.
“Pitch-black comedy blended with searing drama and an intense examination of how and why people are ‘broken’. One of the most unique shows I’ve seen in a while.”
Journalist Aayush Sharma wrote: “Beef is undoubtedly one of the riveting shows that perfectly captures the calamitous complexities in the lives of two people. The hostile chemistry between Steven Yeun and Ali Wong makes it even better. This is Netflix’s ‘Best’ original show of the last 5 years.”
Will there be a second series?
Netflix has not yet announced whether a second season of the show will be on the menu. But there is definitely enthusiasm from its creator Lee Sung Jin to keep cooking up more stories.
He told ELLE.com: “Cards on the table, we did pitch this show as a limited anthology, so there is sort of a close-ended-ness to the story [of Danny and Amy]. But, if given the opportunity, of course, I’d love to explore them further, because Danny and Amy, I love those characters.”
And at the show’s red-carpet premiere, he told The Hollywood Reporter he hoped “people love the show and we get to make more”.