Netflix’s Pet Stars is ridiculous, but it’s not the animals’ fault.
In the adorable five-part reality series, social media masters Colleen and Melissa take viewers on an adventure through their furry, fluffy, feathery, and sometimes scaly day jobs. They’re the women behind Pets on Q, a Los Angeles-based expertise administration firm catering to “the largest animal influencers on social media.” I do know, “animal influencers.” Yuck.
Suckers like me won’t ever get bored with it.
However throughout the present’s 5 episodes, Colleen, Melissa, and their ark of purchasers make that vaguely off-putting premise work for them. They participate in Petaluma, California’s World’s Ugliest Dog Contest; forged and movie commercials for standard pet-care merchandise; placed on a luxurious pet trend present, full with daywear, night put on, and a show-stopping wedding ceremony look; stroll an enormous ol’ pig named Charlie down Sundown Boulevard in heavy site visitors; and stand up to many extra antics.
Within the course of, they show as soon as once more: On the subject of foolish, superfluous, closely monetized pet content material, people are in charge. And that suckers like me won’t ever get bored with it.
See, I am a lifelong lover of pets — I’ve acquired 9 in my dwelling proper now! Once I’m not caring for my animal mates, I don’t actively search out pet content material. I’ve acquired sufficient of it in my lounge. However put a hungry hamster or mischievous monkey on my feed and I am going to pause.
You are more likely to discover Pet Stars prompts your cute aggression lengthy earlier than any precise anger.
Pet Stars captures that passive however nonetheless joyful expertise of stumbling on an incredible animal video with precision. It is made for leave-it-on-in-the-background enjoyable, a menagerie of treasured moments you may simply watch twice.
That ease of prompt leisure stands in comedic distinction with the unimaginable lengths Colleen and Melissa should go to get the pictures they’re after. Contemplating the celebrities’ appearance-focused occupation, parts of it will possibly play extra like commercials — an enormous supply of latest animal content material, because the present demonstrates effectively.
In that manner, it is somewhat dystopian, watching these girls make content material out of creating content material. (“I am watching them make a business on a subscription service I pay for?”) Nevertheless it’s additionally full of a lot candy footage — there is a child tortoise munching on lettuce! A sugar glider taking a trip in a pocket! A bunny that may paint photos!! — you are more likely to discover Pet Stars prompts your cute aggression lengthy earlier than any precise anger.
It is a high-quality supply of extraordinarily cute animal movies. All of the pets appear completely satisfied and wholesome; lots of them dwelling in bonafide luxurious. Melissa and Colleen are likable hosts, whose respective quirks (Melissa is into crystals and sound baths and stuff, whereas Colleen is simply obsessed along with her canine) make them enjoyable sufficient to observe. It is good. Excruciatingly polished and somewhat bizarre, however good.
This is not more likely to be a furever (sorry) look ahead to should subscribers, but it surely’s mainly the right animal TikTok or SnapChat on loop and on demand. If that sounds nice, Pet Stars is for you.