“Saint X” is a brand new drama series which is told via multiple timelines, that explores and upends the girl-gone-missing genre as it explores how a young woman’s mysterious death during an idyllic Caribbean vacation creates a traumatic ripple effect that eventually pulls her surviving sister into a dangerous pursuit of the truth.
Over eight episodes, we slowly see how the death of Alison, played by West Duchovny, impacts on not just her family, but on those connected to her death. Throughout the series, we get to see Alison and her family on holiday in a beautiful Caribbean resort, with it slowly revealing more and more, setting up an interesting dynamic of “who dunnit?”. With the main culprits, hotel employees Gogo and Edwin, played by Josh Bonzie and Jayden Elijah, who slowly have their characters filled out with flashbacks to their childhood, which sets up some interesting storylines in the later episodes.
The impact of Alison’s death is huge on her younger sister, Emily, played by Alycia Debnam-Carey, who years later accidentally runs into Gogo, who is a taxi driver in New York, setting her up on the dangerous path to uncover the truth about what happened in the Caribbean. Setting these scenes in the gritty streets of New York is a huge visual contrast to the bright and colourful Caribbean resort location, so it makes it very easy to keep up with the shifting timelines.
I found “Saint X” to be an extremely captivating series and was completely hooked, so much in fact, that I binged the entire series in just two days, and because I wanted to know how it ended so badly, I found myself having a very late night. That, for me, is always a really good sign of a show that got its hooks into me, I wanted desperately to know what happened, and it certainly didn’t disappoint, as there were many twists and turns along the way.
I’m a big fan of murder mystery shows, especially those set on Caribbean islands like “Death In Paradise!”, so one of the things I really enjoyed with “Saint X”, is that it was interesting to see how the story unfolded, without being a police drama, which is how these type of stories usually work. There are many subplots that will pull you into the story, showcasing a variety of different themes, including class, sexuality, grief, racism, familial bonds and community. It’s got some pretty hard-hitting things in here to digest, and I think it handles them well.
“Saint X” is a fantastic drama series that I can easily recommend, the continuous unwinding of the twisted story is fascinating and really pulled me in. The acting is fantastic, the locations work nicely together, and the show just delivered a compelling story that I loved. “Saint X” is certainly one of the best shows to arrive on Disney+ this year; it’s unique, it’s different, and the slow burn of the reveals works perfectly.
Rating – 4.5 Out Of 5
“Saint X” is coming to Disney+ in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand on June 7th 2023. The series is already available to watch now on Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ in Canada.
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.