DELETE on Netflix is a thriller series from Thailand. It has a sci-fi plot in a way that could’ve been a BLACK MIRROR episode. Also, there’s some horror. The final episode (of eight 45-minute episodes) is a shocker. Read our full Delete Season 1 review here!
DELETE is a new Netflix series with eight episodes. The series is from Thailand and the director actually made his feature film debut with the amazing Shutter (2004). He obviously has a thing for basing horror plots on the act of taking pictures.
In this Netflix series, a very special smartphone-like device can make someone disappear when you take their picture. There are eight episodes each around 45 minutes in actual runtime.
However, the story plays out in a relatively short amount of time. Sure, there are some flashbacks along the way, but overall, we see the same events from multiple angles.
Continue reading our Delete Season 1 review below. Find all eight episodes on Netflix from June 28, 2023.
A delicious Black Mirror-vibe
In Delete, the core plot is actually very simple. If you’ve ever secretly wished you could delete someone from your life, then the answer is here. In a storyline that feels like something straight out of Black Mirror, the power to make someone completely disappear is at your fingertips.
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A mysterious device – that looks a bit like a smartphone mixed with a simple game controller – has the ability to erase a person from existence. You simply take a picture of the person you want gone, and they disappear completely.
However, never forget the saying “Power corrupts” or, in particular, the continuation of “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Anything that enables you to get rid of those you don’t like, with no consequences, is a bad thing for us humans.
The cast and genres of Thai Netflix series
As always, the storyline only works as well as the actors bringing it to life. Well, and vice versa, for that matter.
When it comes to Delete, you may recognize some of the actors. Particularly Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying as she starred in the Thai Netflix mega-hit Hunger (2023).
Other core cast members include Ice-Natara Nopparatayapon as the heir in a wealthy family. Nat Kitcharit plays a famous writer, and Fah-Sarika Sartsilpsupa is a woman trapped in a controlling marriage.
While Delete would officially be called a thriller series by most, it’s actually a true genre hybrid. There’s a plot that has drama and sci-fi at its core, but then horror also becomes prevalent. Trust me, the final moments of episode 8 (the final episode of season 1) is pure horror!
I loved it!
Will there be a season 2 of Delete?
Is Delete Season 2 coming to Netflix? Well, I sure hope so because while the overall season wasn’t always very strong, it ended on an amazing note. I often compare entertainment to meals, and in this case, the final moments of Delete equal getting a dessert that makes you forget the rest of the meal.
Not because it wasn’t good, but because that dessert blew your mind.
When the final moments of Delete Season 1 have played out and the end credits come on, you’ll probably be wondering when Season 2 is coming out. As of writing this, we don’t know that there will be a season 2 of Delete. However, we’ve watched enough Netflix series to know their intentions.
This has season 2 written all over it. Either that or the creator – who is a brilliant horror movie director as well – just wanted to leave us wanting more.
Well, mission accomplished. I now really want a second season of this Thai genre hybrid series on Netflix ASAP. Please and thank you.
Watch season 1 of the DELETE series on Netflix now!
Director Parkpoom Wongpoom is getting his series debut with DELETE and while I wasn’t blown away from the beginning, it does make quite an impact. Much in the same way that his feature film debut Shutter (2004) did. His debut movie was remade in the US in 2008, and I could actually see this Thai series being remade in other countries as well.
Parkpoom Wongpoom is also the co-writer of this project along with Tossaphon Riantong and Jirassaya Wongsutin.
There’s an element of soap opera to the wealthy characters and the romance, boarding school, and overall drama. However, it never gets in the way of the thriller, sci-fi, or horror elements so I can’t be too upset about it. I mean, character-driven stories are something I enjoy, which is what this also delivers.
Most importantly, it deals with the consequences of having someone disappear from the world in a different way. And that ending of season 1 is simply mind-blowing… and so very brutal!
DELETE is on Netflix with all eight episodes in season 1 from June 28, 2023.
Director: Parkpoom Wongpoom
Cast: Natara Nopparatayapon, Sarika Sartsilpsupa, Nat Kitcharit, Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Jinjett Wattanasin, Charlette Wasita Hermenau
If a simple snap from a camera phone can make anyone you want disappear, who in life would that be? Aim and Lily are in an extramarital affair with each other – both are in unhappy relationships with their respective partners. When the ‘Delete’ phone serendipitously falls into Lily’s possession, Aim and Lily decide to use its supernatural powers to “erase” their partners and start their lives over, together. If only things were that simple…