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Kiss Me First 

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A lonely video game addict new to the online world of Azana meets a confident party girl with a dark secret.
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Series cast summary:
Tallulah Haddon ...  Leila / ... 6 episodes, 2018
Simona Brown ...  Mania / ... 6 episodes, 2018
Matthew Beard ...  Adrian 6 episodes, 2018
Freddie Stewart ...  Force / ... 6 episodes, 2018
Matthew Aubrey Matthew Aubrey ...  Jonty 5 episodes, 2018
Haruka Abe ...  Tippi / ... 5 episodes, 2018
Misha Butler ...  Jocasta / ... 5 episodes, 2018
Samuel Bottomley ...  Denier / ... 5 episodes, 2018
Philip Arditti ...  Azul 5 episodes, 2018
Geraldine Somerville ...  Ruth Palmer 4 episodes, 2018
George Jovanovic George Jovanovic ...  Cyryl / ... 4 episodes, 2018
Hayley Carmichael ...  Myra 4 episodes, 2018
Mark Straker Mark Straker ...  Mr. Adams 4 episodes, 2018
Sibel Pala ...  Zehra 3 episodes, 2018
Francene Turner Francene Turner ...  Carmen 2 episodes, 2018
Pooky Quesnel ...  Marion 2 episodes, 2018
Willow Nash Willow Nash ...  Newscaster / ... 2 episodes, 2018
Tina Chiang ...  Daisy 2 episodes, 2018
Luke Thompson Luke Thompson ...  Connor 2 episodes, 2018


Kiss Me First is a thriller that moves between the real and virtual animated worlds. When Leila stumbles across Red Pill, a secret paradise, hidden on the edges of her favourite game, she meets Tess. Tess is everything that Leila is not: hedonistic, impulsive and insatiable. So when Tess turns up in Leila's real life uninvited, Leila's world is forever changed. But then a member of Red Pill mysteriously disappears and Leila begins to suspect that maybe Red Pill isn't the digital Eden its creator Adrian claims it to be. Now, Leila's real journey begins.

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Release Date:

29 June 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Every episode title, except the finale, is named after a quote from that episode. See more »


References The Matrix (1999) See more »

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Kiss Me First had so much potential, but when it came down to it, it was just a massive disappointment
8 May 2018 | by Left_AlSee all my reviews

When it comes to bad adaptations, there's Eragon and there's The Golden Compass, there's The Girl on the Train and there's The Giver. Then we come to Kiss Me First. One of the worst adaptations of a good novel that I have ever witnessed. I've never been so disappointed in my life.

Of course, a bad adaptation doesn't constitute a bad film or show, there's numerous examples of a film being better than its source material. Hello, Fight Club. I'm sad to say that Kiss Me First is not one of these - it doesn't buck this trend. From the get go, Kiss Me First is an incomprehensible mess. Taking it on face value, it sounds intriguing. A show about the dark side of online worlds, virtual reality and mental illness. but it gets more and more nonsensical as the series goes on. It loses its way very, very quickly. And that's largely down to the script. More and more questions are continuously being raised, with characters going a full 180 in a matter of episodes. When you get to the final episode, you'll begin to realise that none of the questions will be answered, and that none of the episodes that came before it mattered. Look, I'm a fan of Brian Elsley's work, Dates was phenomenal television, and millennials grew up watching Skins, but this is not his best - it's nowhere near. With shoddy dialogue and plot that is all over the place, it's hard to take Kiss Me First seriously.

The biggest shame is that the creators had such a talented cast on their hands, with solid source material. If only they'd followed it more closely, it would have made for a better show, but most of all, it would have made sense.

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