The show follows the âLaguna Beachâ model of languid attitudes and moist visuals, though its protagonists are mostly college-age, which means they can drink on camera. Its pheromonal center is Alex, a lothario with charms that barely register on camera, unless you count the size of his (parentsâ) house. He is torn between Juliette, a possessive college student who alternates between lashing out and gnawing on his face, and Madisson, who just graduated from college with an engineering degree but cannot engineer an end to her toxic long-running attraction to him.
Alexâs father, Gary, appears briefly onscreen to announce, âWhen I die I wanna come back as Alex, thatâs all I gotta say.â Crucially, Gary funded the pilot that was pitched to networks and ultimately resulted in this show being picked up. âI go, âYou guys are really having a hell of a lifestyle,ââ he recently told The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, describing how he regarded the boat-and-beach rhythms of Alex and his friends. âI said, this would be a good reality show.â
It may yet be. Madissonâs good sense may kick in, and her younger sister Paige is a dissenter in the making â or worse, perhaps a future turncoat. Alexâs friend Chloe is the showâs rabble-rouser; by the second episode, she has already been bloodied in a brawl with one of her friends.
Everyone else gleams, and thatâs about it: Brandon is a merciless, impish flirt; Kelsey is, like, an actual model, and she dates Garrett, who has an 8-pack or 10-pack, depending on how he is standing. The whole cast is white apart from Brandon, who is Cape Verdean. In perhaps a stroke of actual reality, he recently told The Herald-Tribune that he wasnât involved with the showâs original pilot, but âIâve been good friends with Alex for years and years now, and he told me they were looking to diversify the cast and expand.â