Burning Body Season 1 Review & Summary: Úrsula Corberó Shines In This Murder Thriller

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The first season of Netflix’s Burning Body is set to release on 8th September 2023 on Netflix. It has 8 episodes, each with a run time of 50-60 minutes. This murder thriller is directed by Jorge Torregrossa. 

Burning Body Body Season 1 Cast

  1. Úrsula Corberó as Rosa
  2. Quim Gutiérrez as Albert
  3. Isak Férriz as Javi
  4. José Manuel Poga as Pedro

Burning Body Body Season 1 Plot & Summary

I love a cast that has a lot of promise. Actors who have made a name for themselves through tirelessly succeeding expectations. Most of the time, I venture into different genres if an actor stands out to me. Because, however bad a story is, the actor will always redeem it to some extent. Burning Body was one such series. I would not normally go for a series-long thriller because there are only so many dreary sets that I can watch. Who needs external help for life to seem dark and boring? Burning Body was a struggle to watch. The only redeeming part was Úrsula Corberó. 

The limited series delves into the intricacies surrounding the unearthing of the charred remains of an individual, identified as Pedro (portrayed by José Manuel Poga), a dedicated police officer. This grim discovery occurred within the scorched remnants of a car situated at the Foix reservoir in Barcelona during the month of May 2017.

The news of this incident spread like wildfire, quickly capturing the attention and imagination of the public. As the investigation unfolded, it unraveled a complex web of toxic relationships, deception, violence, and salacious scandals, all intertwined with Pedro and two of his fellow police officers: his partner, Rosa (played by Úrsula Corberó), and her former lover, Albert (brought to life by Quim Gutiérrez).

The revelations within this gripping series not only serve to shed light on the sinister circumstances surrounding Pedro’s demise but also expose the unsettling dynamics that existed within the realm of law enforcement. The characters’ lives and actions become increasingly enigmatic, drawing viewers deeper into a world where trust is a rare commodity and secrets lurk behind every corner.

Burning Body Season 1 Review

Set against the backdrop of Barcelona, this limited series paints a vivid and suspenseful narrative that explores the intricate connections between these three central characters, ultimately leaving audiences on the edge of their seats as they unravel the mystery, piece by piece.

The Series had so much promise, but I was disappointed by how it played out. When it comes to murder, intrigue is an important element. Well into the second episode, I still didn’t feel interested in the death or even the grim situation at hand. There was nothing hooking me to the plot and that is not a good sign. Ursula’s character is plain, and that is so bewildering because so much is happening around her. Somehow, none of them met the mark. They just seemed to be chaotic. There was a lot of reliance on the grimness of the set and not the story. 

She was lost and hot. That’s the entire character. Those are all the elements the series relied on. I do have to give credit to the chemistry. I was watching the series primarily for the way the characters engaged with each other. There was fire and intensity. It often went back and forth in terms of perspective, which was interesting because it is difficult to convey different views of the same matter without outrightly saying that the perception is shifting. 

The story often forgot some plots they had laid down. There was barely any continuity. As soon as something interesting happened, they forgot the previous subplot. I can’t say much of the dialogue writing because I did watch with subtitles. Should I learn Spanish?

If you know me, you know I don’t hate pointless sex in a series. Sex sells, so might as well encash on it. But the series seems to not have anything else. If they aren’t having sex, then they are thinking of it. Why was there a scene where Albert showed his scars and asked Rosa how many she had? I don’t know. It was more than pointless. It was a time filler.

If the series was shorter, I might have enjoyed it. Its pace would have been justified. The chaos would have been overwhelming, and I probably would not have scratched my hair, hoping something happened. I do have to state this, though: the setting up of the characters and showing their intimacy build was fun. 

Burning Body is also based on a real story. The disclaimer of how they have dramatized it is very important because, for a story that would have already been extremely compelling, the additional drama is what made it so painful to watch. 

The flaw for me was also that I watched it with everything I have learned in law. We can’t just base a case of the relationship a person has with someone. Or doesn’t. While it does play an important role, I really think there needs to be emphasis given to the crime itself. Which in this series was just recapping that there was a fire. I need more. This is a murder thriller; give me murder

To the series credit, I really liked the sets. It was grim and bleak but in a well-intentioned way. It added a lot to the story. The interrogations were fast and well-shot. Lastly, I loved the opening credits. It was so artistic, and close-up shots are my personal favorite. 

The Movie Culture Synopsis

When a trailer turns out to be better than the series, you know the story messed up. If I had to recommend Burning Body to anyone, I would tell you to watch this series just for Ursula and the grim sets. Close-up shots were a plus point, and only a person with immense patience would be able to sit through the whole thing.