Starring: Emma Roberts | Daren Kagasoff | Gregg Sulkin
Summary: Set in a world where love is deemed illegal and can be eradicated with a special procedure. With 95 days to go until her scheduled treatment, Lena Holoway does the unthinkable, she falls in love.
For those of you who didn’t know, best-selling novel Delirium was optioned for film by FOX. I was so excited because I absolutely LOVED the book. After that, it was optioned for TV, and then FOX decided not to do the series after all. Then, Lauren Oliver announces that Hulu has decided to stream the pilot that was filmed for a limited time.
The Delirium Pilot has been out for a while; you can watch it on Hulu, or YouTube if you’re an international viewer. I had not been able to see it because I was on a trip with my family and the internet was shoddy. Thank goodness I didn’t see it while on vacation! It would’ve probably ruined my vacation! Let’s talk about how this went -horribly- wrong:
The cast was one of the first things that put me off. I don’t usually mind if they don’t look exactly like the characters for the book, but here they didn’t look, act, or basically embody the characters at all! They didn’t have any chemistry whatsoever, nor did they ever made me feel anything but roll my eyes during the whole thing.
I’d seen Daren Kagasoff act in The Secret Life of the American Teenager and I thought he was pretty good. Here, acting as Alex, he seemed lifeless. Honestly I even thought he was a little bit creepy in the pilot. Gregg Sulkin was a cutie, and yet not convincing enough to be Julian in my opinion. Emma Roberts… well someone else could’ve definitely been Lena.
That’s your setting… big, scary, white, laboratory. We only see it for about 20 seconds, but yes, it is scary and threatening.
I don’t know if the setting was supposed to be explained better off in the second episode (which is pretty doubtful), but if I hadn’t read the book I’m pretty sure I would have literally no idea what was going on. All we’re told is that love is a disease and that there’s a cure. I didn’t feel fear for the society at any point, nor did I really feel threatened by the political figures. There was a real big lack of setting development that added to the overal failure of this pilot.
The romance made me cringe so hard. While in the book Alex & Lena’s chemistry is noticeable, in the pilot it felt basically non existant. It felt so FORCED! Alex was a stalker. Lena was Bella. That’s what it felt like. When they kissed, I actually had to look away because I was cringing so hard by that point. It was ridiculous.
All you need to know about the plot is this: the entirety of the first novel is in this pilot. It is 43 minutes of the first book in a 3 book series.
Everything was rushed, there was no time for character development, or romance build-up, or even something discernible of a “real threat” from the cure. I can see why FOX rejected this pilot. It was poorly done.
Thoughts after finishing the #DeliriumPilot: So glad they didn’t pick it up. My favourite series was murdered in only 43 minutes.
— Marianne (@mariannelee_092) July 1, 2014
I wish I could say it was me, but it wasn’t. My problem with this wasn’t that it didn’t stick to the book at all (which it didn’t), but it was the fact that they rushed through 441 pages in only 43 minutes. It took away almost everything important of the book and reduced it to something “watchable”. I wanted to stop watching about 10 minutes in, but I didn’t because I thought it would get better. It was ridiculous, badly acted, and disappointing. If you have fond memories of the book, it’s best if you skip on watching this.