So this show is a masterpiece and I can’t describe it as anything less, however I think this show was Marmite for people. I watched the trailer on Thursday night, as I was scrolling through my Netflix aimlessly and I clicked the notification box and I decided that I would watch the trailer. I was hooked and maybe it had something to do with how diverse the characters were, especially Kate. Anyways a run down on the show, it is a coming-of-age story about two clubs (A/V club and the drama club) who join forces in order to shoot a film, there are many characters and I love every single one. My opinion may be more of an appraisal so just be warned.
This show does seem to centre its self round Luke but then we get to see a lot of Kate (Luke’s girlfriend well it is complicated) Tyler (Luke’s close friend and one of my personal favourites along with Kate) McQuaid (a nerd who was quite endearing) Emaline (a great actor, who I found was full of layers and Kate was definitely the one to peel them back) and finally Oliver (a Bender throwback).
Anyways what I loved about the show was how Kate wasn’t in the background and her coming out process was never a backdrop for other things, her story was an important well portrayed part. I felt every emotion she felt so you know she did a good job! A great coming out story I must admit and she should be truly proud of her self. She was such a lovable character as her face is just so kind and you want to protect her. I love how she is a wallflower and you go on her journey with her as she finally accepts herself. At first I hated Emaline but I quickly figured her out, she liked Kate from day one and she just found it hard to grasp that. I ship them two! They are just so cute together I just hope they stay together in the next season.
Luke angered me at points but he was doing what every boy would’ve done when you fall for a gay girl, it’s never easy knowing you like someone you can’t have but I think he thought he could almost change her, which is just not the case, he does come to learn and accept that but it is important for boys to know they can’t change people. I do love his character as he seems almost so naive, he has this cute part to his character and he is quite protective over his mum especially after his father got up and left. At points my heart really ached for him, when he goes to Blockbuster’s (OMG! I miss that place so much!) and see’s his father and he just gets disappointed, that part broke my heart a little as I wanted him to see his father and everything just gets sorted out. Wishful thinking I know.
Emaline. I love her’s and Kate’s relationship as it was just so cute and innocent and it was entirely stripped back, there was nothing heavy about the relationship it was just slow and heartwarming to watch. Emaline is a paradox but I think she created almost an ice queen persona to keep herself safe, Kate definitely broke that and Emaline needed that. I love how full on she is portrayed at parts but then her facade that she has created is taken away and we see the sweet, kind Emaline who would never hurt a soul. She has a very cool vibe and I’d love to be friends with her it seems like she is pretty cool (an outdated term I know but I’m British! My excuse for everything).
Tyler is a cutie and all over the place. He makes me die, his character is just so hilarious and I love how he’s almost quite naive to everything. I would like to see more of his character though, however I do think what we do see is amazing. He is the goofy friend of the group that always lifts the mood with his silly commentary. But am I the only one who wants Tyler and Leslie together?! They would be such a cute couple, plus Leslie obviously likes him so I’m hoping they become a thing in season 2. I loved him in the film and he can’t read but that makes his character even more lovable.
McQuaid, another character I had ups and downs with. At parts I liked his character and then at other parts I disliked his character. I felt bad when he started to catch feelings for Emaline especially as at that point it was clear Emaline liked Kate, yet you couldn’t stop him and he had to get hurt but that will be an important development for his character, sometimes you have to get hurt as he never really put himself out there. I also hope in season two he doesn’t do something stupid to get back at Emaline and Kate but I have this gut feeling he will, he is hurt so we do stupid things, I’m just praying. However I do really like how he gets more confident throughout the series, he starts off timid and closed off but then he does blossom.
Oliver. A main character as such. I am not a fan of his character as I find him quite egotistical and up himself, he of reminds me of the kind of guy who uses a girl to get where he needs to be and then drops her without thinking about it. He has his ambitions but will hurt everyone to get there, he needs to experience heartbreak I think. He might return in season 2 I’m just scared how everything will pan out with Emaline and Kate, as if he finds out there’s no doubt in my mind he will out them or do something along the lines of that, or maybe I am not giving Oliver enough credit. He reminds me of Bender from The Breakfast Club, he has the same trench coat well on the lines of and the way he plays with his hair and smokes gave me major Bender vibes. I feel horrible as it just sounds like I dragged his character, he does have some good aspects and some people are even comparing him to Joe Keery, I can sorta see that.
So a rundown on what I think of the other characters, I do want to mention Leslie, I like her character and like I said she’s perfect for Tyler! Scott is another character I find hilarious, also his cameo in the film was the best it was kinda creepy (just me? Probably). Cedric was just cool like what else can I say, he was just bad arse. Jessica was a great female president! I’ll be voting! Mr. Stargrove just reminded me of a teacher at my school which was the best, he is a funny character. Also I can’t do a post and not mention Ken and Sherry, (I hope I have spelled that right) they are just so cute! I ship them and I hope Luke’s dad doesn’t mess things up but he so will which is annoying, I just hope they can work it out and get married! Omg that would be so cute, I expect an invite!
I really liked this show as it was something different, I did not find the characters generic at all. I really love the whole aesthetic and how all the characters are at reasonable ages as it sucks to see 25 year olds play teens, as they just don’t get it and they always look like flawless models which is hard to relate to when you look like a potato. They dealt with a really good topic and delivered it so well, it was never too much it was just a cute and soft story. All the characters are pretty likeable which is rare. Netflix definitely got it right with this show and I hope to see a season 2! Plus props to them for making a protagonist gay and having the coming out process as a main story and not something to fill the time, it was great representation for the LGBTQ+ community. Also a quick thank you to the produces and everyone who made the show posisble, I sound like I was in the show, but seriosuly you guys created a great story.