Finished the 2 seasons of Trinkets.
I enjoyed it, but I have slightly mixed feelings on the ending. Supposedly it *didn’t’ get cancelled by Netflix after 2 seasons, but actually completed its full intended run and finished the story in the book.
If that’s the case, I feel like the ending was somewhat sudden and a bit rushed. It wasn’t terrible or anything, but it felt to me like they needed a 3rd season and had to wrap things up suddenly… which supposedly isn’t the case.
But yeah, nothing mindblowing but enjoyable enough and good friendship feels and overcoming minor disasters.
It has a very Breakfast Club vibe.
I tried Dead to Me. I’ve only seen the first episode, so it’s a bit early to tell. Some parts were pretty funny, other parts kinda depressing. I’m not sure if it’ll turn out to be my kind of humor, but I’ll come back to it.
But I got distracted by Freaks and Geeks. I’d been meaning to watch it for ages, and for some reason it popped up in my recommendations and I finally got around to trying it. After 2 episodes I worked out why… same main actress! Doh!
Watching it for the first time now is weird on many levels. In a lot of ways its very similar to some of the much more recent shows I’ve been watching, such as Trinkets. I hear it was pretty influential, but I’m not sure how much was stuff that it started, or stuff that was already a thing.
The fact it’s a show from 1999 but its set in the 80s makes it a bit hard to date it. Which things are old fashioned intentionally and which aren’t?
Some things are very ET, but that also makes them very Stranger Things.
Also, it having a whole bunch of people who became famous and were in other things when they were older is kinda weird.
I’m not sure how it will evolve and what it’s trying to say, but the central character’s motivations and positioning are rather unclear.
She seems to be a smart kid making a conscious effort to switch cliques to the weird kids. But the weird kids don’t seem to particularly care about her, and she doesn’t seem to actually fit in with them. Her old friends do seem to care about them and she does seem to fit in better with them.
Which makes it in many ways the reverse of something like Trinkets or The Breakfast Club, where the kids from different cliques find out that they actually get along more than they expected.
Maybe I’m to old for it, but I keep thinking ‘why is she wasting her time with these losers and throwing away her future and her friends?’… which is a very Dad thing to say, but it almost feels as if that’s what she’s thinking too. So is that what I’m supposed to be thinking?
Like, is James Franco’s character supposed to be the cool good looking one, or the twat? Because I’m leaning towards the latter.
Maybe it’s like when I read The Catcher in the Rye a few years back and found Holden Caulfield to be an insufferable self-centered brat, rather than some kind of icon of teenage rebellion.
Other than this central mild confusion, I’m enjoying it though.
PS/ Teenage Bounty Hunters cancelled after only one season. Nooooo!