Rating: 4 out of 5.

By Sneha Jaiswal (Twitter | Instagram)

We knew it! Just from watching the trailer, it was easy to predict the big twist in “Daisy Jones & The Six”. Since the novel it’s based is a bestseller, a lot of us hoped that the adaptation wouldn’t be as predictable, but unfortunately, it was. Despite this, the creators of the live adaptation have done an amazing job with original songs, lavish sets, chic costumes, and a talented cast. The finale was a grand ending, with a classic romantic last chapter that tugs at the heartstrings of those who still have a soft spot for mush.

In episodes 7 and 8 of the series, Daisy Jones takes off to Greece, has a scenic but crazy wedding, gets a reality check about being a ‘selfish bitch’ from best-friend Simone and ultimately returns to her band as they prepare for their upcoming world tour. You’d think she’d act a little more responsible, she only gets her knees deeper in drugs. Well, rock stars. Ugh. But Reiley Keough as Daisy eventually worms her way to your heart, despite all her character flaws and there was a beautiful scene in episode 9 where she sings a new song titled “It’s Always You” to Billy Dunne (Sam Claflin). I really wish they had weaved in the full track instead of the brief but soulful acoustic rendition that made the final cut.

Anyway – the cat is finally out of the bag, viewers get to know why “Daisy Jones & The Six” broke up at the peak of their musical career and things get emotional, nostalgic and heavy. The juxtaposition of Camilla Morrone and Suki Waterhouse as Camilla Dunne and Karen Sirko is subtly but cleverly done – both are strong-willed women, but while Camilla puts her family over career, Suki puts her career over everything else. I love how both of them keep their chin up and know what kind of sacrifices they should be making to live the life they want. Daisy and Simone’s friendship and creative differences are also brought about poignantly. Too bad the male friendships don’t get as much attention. Sebastian Chacon as The Six’s drummer Warren Rojas was my favorite male character, he is effortless as the laid-back member of the band, the dude who enjoys every performance and is truly thankful for everything they have.

The cinematography captures the tumultuous travails of a rising band really well, and music fans will be able to notice the 70s influences, especially with Daisy’s outfits that pay a tribute to Stevie Nicks of ‘Fleetwood Mac’ (a bunch of the band’s tracks are also peppered through the show). The last episode titled “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” sets up expectations of a crazy finale, but it was slightly overdrawn, conventional and surprisingly heart-warming towards the very end. I’d say “Daisy Jones & The Six” turned out to be predictably good!

It’s a 8 on 10 from me for the last two episodes. Stream it on Prime Video.

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