The Resort
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Genre
Created byAndy Siara
Starring
ComposerAndrew Carroll
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producers
  • Andy Siara
  • Allison Miller
  • Sam Esmail
  • Chad Hamilton
  • Ben Sinclair
Producers
  • Gregg Tilson
  • Manuel Alcalá
  • Frances Lausell
Production locationPuerto Rico
Cinematography
  • Santiago Benet Mari
  • Santiago Gonzalez
Editors
  • Taichi Erskine
  • Erick Fefferman
  • Henk Van Eeghen
Running time31–39 min
Production companies
Original release
NetworkPeacock
ReleaseJuly 28 (2022-07-28) –
September 1, 2022 (2022-09-01)

The Resort is an American dark comedy mystery television series created for Peacock by Andy Siara. The series stars William Jackson Harper and Cristin Milioti as a married couple on vacation at a holiday resort for their 10th anniversary, where they are drawn into a mystery that took place fifteen years before. It premiered on Peacock on July 28, 2022.

Premise

Noah and Emma are vacationing in the Mayan Riviera for their 10th anniversary. Noah has been content with life, whereas Emma feels like their marriage isn't advancing. They are then pulled into an unsolved mystery of two missing persons from fifteen years ago, which tests the resolve of their marriage.[1][2]

Cast

Main

Recurring

Guest

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"The Disappointment of Time"Ben SinclairAndy SiaraJuly 28, 2022 (2022-07-28)
Married couple Emma and Noah arrive at a resort in the Riviera Maya for their 10th anniversary, hoping the trip will reignite their stagnating relationship. On an ATV trip through the jungle, Emma crashes off course and finds a Motorola Razr phone in the jungle. She discovers the phone belonged to Sam Lawford, a teenager who went missing in 2007 from the nearby Oceania Vista resort, along with Violet Thompson, another teenager staying at the resort. However, the Oceania Vista was destroyed by a hurricane the same night the two went missing, impeding the investigation. Noah finds the phone in Emma’s bag, and the two decide to investigate the case themselves rather than submitting the phone to police. In 2007, Sam is shown vacationing at the Oceania Vista, where he connects with Violet after learning his girlfriend is having an affair.
2"A Noxious Toothworm"Ben SinclairAndy SiaraJuly 28, 2022 (2022-07-28)
In 2007, Violet helps care for Sam after a skateboard accident and the two exchange numbers. It is revealed that Violet’s mother died a year prior and left Violet a novel titled “El Desilusión del Tiempo,” with an inscription instructing Violet to reunite with her at “pasaje”—a mystical place described in the book as being “outside of time.” In the present day, Emma and Noah read texts between Sam and Violet referencing the Frías clan, a crime family in the Yucatan peninsula, and learn that the estranged Baltasar Frías was employed at the Oceania Vista. Looking through old staff photos from the Oceania Vista, they recognize Luna, a concierge still working in the riviera, and question her about Baltasar but are met with elusive answers. Eventually the two learn that Sam’s skateboard was found in Baltasar’s room the week of their disappearance, and that he was a prime suspect in the disappearance. Luna informs Baltasar that Emma and Noah are investigating the disappearance.
3"Tempus Exhaurire"Ben SinclairVivian BarnesJuly 28, 2022 (2022-07-28)
In 2007, Sam and Violet attend a Christmas party at the Oceania Vista, where they meet Luna and Baltasar. Sam finds and confronts the man who stole his skateboard, stealing his key card and breaking into his penthouse room where he and Violet kiss. In the present day, Emma and Noah break into the ruined Oceania Vista and locate the penthouse room, matching it with a photo taken on Sam’s phone. The room also contains mysterious notes about “pasaje” and a mural of the Oceania Vista depicting Baltasar, Luna, Sam, and Violet. Baltasar follows and ambushes Emma and Noah and tries to take Sam’s phone, but drops it down an elevator shaft after being attacked by Emma.
4"A History of Forgetting"Ben SinclairManuel AlcaláAugust 4, 2022 (2022-08-04)
In the present day, Baltasar explains to Emma and Noah that the room belonged to the Oceania Vista’s eccentric owner, Alex Vasilakis. After successfully running the resort alongside Baltasar and Luna for five years, Alex became unstable and began complaining that his memories were “leaking” out of his ears, writing cryptic notes about pasaje, and experiencing prophetic visions of the resort being destroyed. Around the same time, Baltasar investigated Sam’s disappearance, recognizing him from the Christmas party, and learned that he and Violet were last seen with Alex, though he claimed to have no memory of meeting them. Baltasar later saw Alex commit suicide by walking naked into the sea before the approaching hurricane destroyed the resort. Baltasar then reveals that the mural Alex painted in 2007 contains prophetic depictions of Emma and Noah searching the resort in the present day.
5"El Espejo"Rania Attieh & Daniel GarciaMara Vargas JacksonAugust 11, 2022 (2022-08-11)
Baltasar, Emma, Noah and Luna return to the area where Sam’s phone was found to search for more evidence. Noah tells Luna that he and Emma lost a daughter during childbirth. Baltasar tries to convince Emma that she is connected to Sam and Violet over a shared loss and that she found the phone for a reason. Noah finds Violet’s phone, containing a video of Alex confessing that he encountered Sam and Violet in his room on the night of their disappearance and found “El Desilusión del Tiempo” among Violet’s things. Believing the book to be about himself, he warned Sam and Violet not to look for pasaje, then stole their phones and hid them in the jungle at a spot where he envisioned Emma crashing her ATV.
6"Hünch fò Llub Sēēth"Rania Attieh & Daniel GarciaDagny Atencio LooperAugust 18, 2022 (2022-08-18)
Baltasar recognizes the author of “El Desilusión del Tiempo,” Illan Iberra, as the same author who wrote a crime novel he read as a child, and who the Frias family later targeted because Baltasar did not like the ending of the book. Emma, Noah, and Baltasar visit the now sick and elderly Iberra, who confirms that Sam and Violet came to him in 2007 to ask about “El Desilusión del Tiempo.” Violet believed her mother’s investigations into the book would have created a map with pasaje at the center, but her mother died before decoding the final location: “Hünch fò Llub Sēēth,” written in Iberra’s made up language. Iberra told Sam and Violet he was unaware of the exact location and dissuaded them from searching, but they ventured into the jungle regardless. In the present day, before Iberra can reveal the location’s translation, he notices the Frías insignia on Baltasar’s pen and attempts to kill him, but his anger overwhelms him and causes him to have a heart attack. Undeterred, Emma uses Iberra’s partial translation to determine the location of pasaje herself.
7"La Pubertad del Matrimonio"Ariel KleimanJoey SiaraAugust 25, 2022 (2022-08-25)
In 2007, Sam and Violet begin their search for pasaje and share an intimate moment camping together in the jungle. In the present day, Emma contacts Violet’s father Murray and shares with him the location of pasaje before leaving to find it herself. She is followed by Noah, and later Baltasar, Luna and Murray. Camping in the jungle, Emma and Noah argue about their marriage, Baltasar states his desire to meet Alex again in Pasaje, and Murray shares his grief over Violet and his deceased wife. When Emma experiences a severe tooth infection, she asks Noah to pull it out with a pair of pliers. While relieving himself in the grass, Murray spots the entrance to pasaje described in the book.
8"The Disillusionment of Time"Ariel KleimanTeleplay by : Allison Miller & Derek Pastuszek
Story by : Allison Miller
September 1, 2022 (2022-09-01)
Entering the cave found by Murray, the group discover a boat leading to a strange underground forest. Finding themselves at two branching tunnels, Baltasar and Murray explore one while Noah and Emma enter the other. In 2007, Sam and Violet locate and enter the cave as the approaching hurricane rages. With rain flooding the cave, the pair get lost and are unable to find their way out as the water level rises. As they resign to their fate and embrace each other, Violet sees a mysterious light. In the present day, Noah and Emma find Violet’s flashlight and spot a narrow tunnel in the cave wall, which Emma enters. At the end of the tunnel she finds Sam and Violet floating in pasaje, a circular pool of light, where they have been suspended in time for fifteen years. She pulls them from the water and leads them out of the cave where Violet emotionally reunites with her father. Sam explains that the fifteen years in pasaje felt like “five minutes” and liquid begins leaking from his ear; Violet shares with Emma that she reunited with her mother in pasaje. Emma tells Noah that she saw their deceased daughter in the water but chose not to enter, instead choosing to stay in the real world with Noah. Violet and Murray leave to have dinner together while Sam goes to reunite with his parents. Reminiscing on the journey, Baltasar and Luna debate whether Violet got a happy ending, reuniting with her mother but losing fifteen years with her father. Baltasar leaves, implicitly to reunite with Alex in pasaje, as Luna cryptically smiles at the audience before following.

Production

Development

In February 2020, it was reported that UCP was developing the dark comedy series The Resort from Sam Esmail and Andy Siara.[3] In June 2021, it was announced Peacock had ordered the series, with Siara serving as a writer and Esmail serving as an executive producer under his Esmail Corp banner.[4][5]

Casting

In January 2022, Luis Gerardo Méndez, Nina Bloomgarden, and Gabriela Cartol joined the cast in series regular roles, with Debby Ryan, Dylan Baker and Michael Hitchcock set to recur.[6][7] In March 2022, William Jackson Harper, Cristin Milioti, Skyler Gisondo, and Nick Offerman joined the cast in series regular roles, while Ben Sinclair and Parvesh Cheena joined the cast in recurring capacity.[8][9][10][11]

Filming

Principal photography began in March 2022, in Puerto Rico, and wrapped by May 2022.[9] Executive producer Ben Sinclair directed the first four episodes. The fifth and sixth episodes were directed by filmmaking duo Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia, with Ariel Kleiman directing the final two episodes.

Release

The eight-episode series premiered on July 28, 2022, exclusively on Peacock. The premiere consists of the first three episodes, with new episodes debuting each Thursday after that.[12] On August 24, 2022, NBC aired the pilot episode at 9 p.m. after a semi-final episode of America's Got Talent.[13]

Reception

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 86% of 36 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.50/10. The website's consensus reads: "The Resort teases more mysteries than it can satisfyingly pay off, but its likable cast and jaunty tone make for a compulsively watchable vacation."[14] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, rated the series with a score of 70 out of 100, based on 16 critic reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[15]

References

  1. ^ Schneider, Michael (5 July 2022). "Peacock's Thriller 'The Resort' to Get Its World Premiere at San Diego Comic-Con". Variety. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  2. ^ Holmes, Linda (30 July 2022). "The characters in 'The Resort' make a visit worth your while". NPR. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  3. ^ Thorne, Will (February 13, 2020). "UCP Developing Dark Comedy Series From Sam Esmail, 'Palm Springs' Writer". Variety. Penske Media Corporation.
  4. ^ Otterson, Joe (June 2, 2021). "'Palm Springs' Writer Andy Siara Sets Dark Comedy Mystery Series at Peacock, Sam Esmail to Produce". Variety. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  5. ^ Baysinger, Tim (June 2, 2021). "Sam Esmail Teams With Palm Springs Writer for Peacock Dark Comedy The Resort". TheWrap.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (January 28, 2022). "'The Resort': Luis Gerardo Méndez, Nina Bloomgarden & Gabriela Cartol Among 7 Cast In Peacock Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  7. ^ Otterson, Joe (January 28, 2022). "Luis Gerardo Méndez, Debby Ryan Among Seven Cast in Peacock Comedy Series The Resort". Variety. Penske Media Corporation.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (March 1, 2022). "William Jackson Harper & Cristin Milioti To Headline 'The Resort'; Skyler Gisondo, 2 Others Cast In Peacock Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  9. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (March 8, 2022). "Nick Offerman Joins The Resort Peacock Series". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation.
  10. ^ Boyle, Kelli (March 1, 2022). "William Jackson Harper, Cristin Milioti to Star in Comedic Thriller The Resort for Peacock". Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal – via TV Insider.
  11. ^ Hailu, Selome (March 1, 2022). "William Jackson Harper, Cristin Milioti, Skyler Gisondo to Star in The Resort at Peacock". Variety. Penske Media Corporation.
  12. ^ Nemetz, Dave (2022-06-16). "The Resort: William Jackson Harper and Cristin Milioti's Peacock Mystery Gets Release Date — Plus, See First Photos". TVLine. Retrieved 2022-06-30.
  13. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 22, 2022). "Peacock's The Resort to Get NBC Bump". The Hollywood Reporter. Penske Media Corporation.
  14. ^ "The Resort". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. n.d. Retrieved September 1, 2022.
  15. ^ "The Resort". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved August 18, 2022.