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Dare Me is the sort of teen drama that runs with that insanity and goes home with the gold because of it. Just as the cheerleaders on the series can become addicted to making it as a "top girl," you'll get addicted to this brief, deranged binge.
Such plotting -- of teenage girls being pitted against each other and drifting apart -- could come off cliche, but Dare Me does more than incorporate the trope. It examines the way conflict warps the girls' perception of each other, giving it more nuance.
Come for the mean girl inter-squad drama, stay for the psychological mind games and the constant threat of violence. Every detail, every look, camera angle, and turn of the head feels perfectly calibrated.
I will, in general, be curious whom USA can get to watch this show, because even with its flaws and padding and occasional unevenness, it's a show with some real storytelling savvy and a clever approach to material that could be trashy in different hands
The show generally succeeds, though, in approximating the dreamlike quality of the book, through inky nighttime visuals and elegantly slowed-down scenes of hallway swagger and brutally powerful acrobatics.