Done well, The Circle definitely could have been one of the most interesting shows running on Netflix right now and demonstrated all the aspects of human nature that would have taught lessons and connected people. However, with the contestants being newcomers to the world of reality television, the entire show struggles to ever reach a dramatic peak.
With the way The Circle has been structured, almost every interaction the viewer sees involves different contestants in isolation, chatting with each other in their rooms. Even with all the development of social media and technology so far, it is unfortunately still not enough to make a show centered around a glorified chatroom interesting.
The only actual interpersonal interaction in the show occurs after contestants have gotten eliminated, and the show is over. By then, either most contestants are tired of the show already and not bothered to try, or most viewers no longer care because a winner had already been declared. Reality TV is interesting because of the drama between characters, but with isolation being the central concept, the show is simply a snippet of different solo scenes mashed together, which isn’t half as interesting to watch as simply a regular reality show not centered around texting. A good Netflix show should represent a break from the routine online lifestyle that quarantine has forced us into, and the boring texting that The Circle is full of simply does not manage to do that.