Season 1 of Julie and the Phantoms is available on Netflix! If there are still unanswered questions at the end of Season 1, read on! The Netflix series mixes several genres to offer the audience a quirky and entertaining story. It’s a teen drama that dips its toe into supernatural territory, with lots of music. The series doesn’t just focus on the usual teenage tropes. But also creates its own mythology around ghosts. The end of Season 1 of Julie and the Phantoms adds even more mystery to the mix. Before we continue, if anyone wants to know when Season 2 comes out, read this.
After the death of her mother, Julie, a promising singer-songwriter, lost her interest in music. Her father plans to sell his house and move away. While cleaning out the garage, Julie finds the CD of a band called Sunset Curve. When she plays it, three ghosts appear out of nowhere. And it turns out she is the only one who can see them. They died of hotdog poisoning twenty-five years ago. A few hours before they gave the concert of their lives. Another shocking twist happens when they discover that they become visible to the world when they start playing music with Julie. That’s how a band is formed.
As the band, named Julie and the Phantoms, begins to make a name for itself. The three ghosts meet a mysterious man named Caleb. He offers them to join his show, but they decline the offer in favor of Julie. After that, strange things start happening to them.
The plan to play at the orphanage
The intensity of the lightning increases with each turn. The ghosts realize they have no choice but to tell Julie what is happening to them. And to find a way to make their last wish come true. They tell her about the Orpheum and work on a plan to book a concert there. Meanwhile, Julie’s secret is revealed to two very important people. First, her brother Carlos discovers the Sunset Curve CD. And recognizes the boys in Julie’s band in his poster. He first thinks of exposing them to the world as ghosts. But when he realizes how important they are to Julie, he decides to give up.
Another person who stumbles upon this surprising revelation is Trevor. He had been a member of Sunset Curve under the name Bobby. And after the death of his band members, he found success selling the songs written by Luke. And changed his name to Trevor. He recognizes his former band mates when he sees them in the video that Julie’s father made during the house party. He is amazed by their existence but hasn’t had the opportunity to do anything yet.
The plan to play at the Orpheum is in place and it looks like the Phantoms may be moving on to the other side. But just before that. Caleb arrives and tries to thwart their plan. He brings them back to his place and, thanks to another explosive performance. He tries to convince them to accept his offer and also wonders about their final wish. And wonders if the Phantoms are willing to take this chance to find out if they’re wrong.
Meanwhile, their absence worries Julie, who thinks they may have run out of time. She calls her mother for help and gives her a sign. She gets it when a random woman gives her a dahlia, her mother’s favorite flower. Then she goes on stage, not knowing if the ghosts will show up or not. But to her surprise, they do. The group performs brilliantly and the Phantoms stay long enough to bow.
Explanation of the end of season 1 of julie and the phantoms
Once they get home, Carlos lets Julie know that he knows his secret. She goes to the garage to say goodbye to the ghosts. But discovers that they haven’t crossed over. It seems that Caleb was right, playing in the Orpheum wasn’t their last wish. As they begin to weaken, Julie begs them to take Caleb’s deal. But they refuse, vowing never to go back. As they exchange their last words, something strange happens. Julie’s touch gives Luke energy and he begins to feel stronger. The same thing happens to Reggie and Alex when they kiss as a group. When they start to glow, Caleb’s stamp disappears from their wrists and they regain strength.
Although the logic of this act is not explained. It clearly shows that Caleb is not as powerful as we had imagined. One way to explain the event would be that Caleb was bluffing. The stamp and the deadline were just a ruse to make people believe that he is powerful enough to destroy them. Out of fear, they would surrender to him. But the Phantoms don’t, which is why Caleb’s bluff is called. When the stamp’s deadline expires, its effect fades as well.
Another explanation could have something to do with Julie’s mother. Previously, Flynn had told her that if Julie could see the Phantoms. Maybe it was because it had something to do with her mother. Although we don’t see the mother’s ghost for the whole season. Julie receives signs from him on an important occasion. Could it be her who saved the ghosts from their misfortune?
The last hitch that the end of season 1 leaves us is Nick’s possession. He was presented to us as Julie’s love at first sight. Over the course of the season, he develops feelings for her. At the end of Season 1 of Julie and the Phantoms, he finds himself in front of Julie’s house with a bouquet. Before it can ring, Caleb shows up and owns it. It turns out he’s not too happy about the ghosts getting away from him. He has come back to get revenge, not only on them but also on Julie. And he plans to do it with Nick’s help.