Cue the hyper pop music: “Selling Sunset” has made its return to Netflix — but this time its value is significantly below the asking price. Relying on the overplayed strategy of putting Christine Quinn against every other insufferable cast member, season five is anything but fresh.
The show is centered upon LA’s Oppenheim Realtor Group, whose hiring criteria seems to rely little on actual real estate experience and much on physical appearance. The season begins with the reveal that cast member and real estate agent Chrishell Strause has entered into a relationship with her boss and self proclaimed “bachelor broker,” Jason Oppenheim. But if you expect this newly introduced plot line to go anywhere, you’ll be severely disappointed.
Instead, the season continues to center around Christine and her unexplained, ambiguously referenced beef with every other person in the brokerage. After episode two any hope for versatility in drama becomes impossible — and watching millionaire real estate agents fight over kale salad can only be entertaining for so many seasons.
In fact, Christine is mentioned so much in the show that her income bracket is more heavily covered than the homes themselves. Nonetheless, for any long-time Christine fans, her season five performance is lackluster at best, which could be because her back is tired from carrying the first four seasons.
Instead of the brutally honest glam girl many viewers came to hate, season five offered a new side to Christine, one side entirely in denial of her own shortcomings. With the show relying on the hate-ability of one, it would be reasonable to expect the rest of the cast to be at least somewhat likable. Instead, Christine’s hyper aggression seems to be an act of desperation from producers, who are tasked with offsetting the dullness of everyone else at the Oppenheim Group.
From Chrishell’s constant retelling of her mommy issues to Emma’s overemphasized empanada company, ‘EmmaLeigh&Co,’ the rest of the Oppenheim agents contribute little to nothing to the show itself. In fact, many of them seem drama-averse, which is anything but ideal for a reality show premised on the cattiness of LA.
The one applaudable decision the producers made with season five was the addition of cast member Chelsea Lazkani. At first, it seems that the luxury realtor serves was the producers’ newest attempt at giving Christine an ally against her sea of haters, but Chelsea’s unwavering confidence quickly made shine as a frontrunner this season. After the group confronted Christine at her own professional event, Chelsea was quick to call out the girls for their cliquiness, accusing the girls of bullying.
After seasons of viewing Chrishell’s victim complex, Mary and Emma’s phony passivity toward Christine and the rest of the cast’s indifference toward it all, Chelsea’s directness offered a welcomed change to the group’s dynamic.
It seems the entire season is a circle of different cast members saying Christine did something only for Christine to deny doing anything, making season five a never ending replay of he-said, she-said exchanges that lead nowhere by the end.