— Gloria Steinem (via itzamme)
How does one communicate with the homo sapiens hipster specie? I find that I am terribly afraid to approach those things.
My bronchitis is so cute. When I hack, all the boys in my yard are like:damn girl, go see a doctor. Those guys are there because of my milkshake, if you’re curious.
WARNING: If at any point someone says “It’s on Netflix” and it’s a worthy television show that you have not seen: You WILL lose five days or weeks (depends if you have a job) of your life in front of your tv/ and or computer.
—All Netflix subscribers
There we are, four friends at Fridays, on Sunday, quickly partaking in the age old tradition of ‘going-out’, or trying to. Each pressed for time, fitting every new aspect of our lives since we saw each other last. We have to wake up early; Equally ‘so’ happy to see each other. Apparently incapable of speaking in non run-on’s. We’re all in our early twenties, and trying to ‘have-it-all’. Naturally, the topic turns to television. Immediately, Breaking Bad and Orange is the new black come up, and I offer that I have not seen either. Blank stares. The aspiring television writer? Everyone feigns vexation. The demands to watch these controversial dark-comedies, are surprising coming from these middle class, manicured Latinas. They order me home to watch.
I should tell you that I am not religious, or even vaguely spiritual. I will say though, there is a certain kismet to the timing of when you’re introduced to a new show. And, equally from whom it’s recommended. I find that the timing always, somehow ‘fits’. (this theory holds true for books, and/or people) Narcissist, I know; probably not even a coincidence considering that shows evoke emotions and I have them all the time. Anyway: theory is, that ‘things’ come into your life when you’re ready for them. Insightful right? I should TED this..So why is this relevant? Because while I will talk about character arcs, and story development, these shows are old news, and I am no Roger Ebert. This is more about, well, how I feel.
Also, I should tell you the night ended with robot dancing in the parking lot. Best, friends, ever!
Breaking Bad: The show has lived up to all it’s praise, and even in the first few shots I knew that I was screwed out of sleep for a couple of weeks. The topic of mediocrity is veritably relevant now that I’m twenty-three and understanding the truths brought by adulthood; most of which deal with the paralyzing mundane routines and dying socially acceptable; I call kismet. It’s brilliant acting/writing, and I don’t have the lexicon to elaborate on all of it’s glory. I won’t lament my truancy, just appreciate that the only thing I will be breaking is night. I will emerge out of the vacuum of Netflix more jaded, and well versed on the thematic relevance of this show. Best line of the pilot is in the GIF above: ” I am awake.”
P.S I attach the script just in case you’re curious as to how these show’s look on paper. It’s such hard work, but if done well…well, shows like the aforementioned come to life.
Breaking Bad Pilot Script:
Now for: Orange is the New Black:
Feminism, racism, class, gender, love, bureaucracy, the judicial system, uh—is there a theme they can’t cover? Well written, provocative, and can I say what-the-what? Is Netflix the new HBO?
All of the awards.
It’s charming, scary, funny, and the kind of show that writes women well. Jenji Kohan and Liz Friedman created a fucking master piece. I was apprehensive, as I am with all things that are immediately popular. However succumbing to it’s enticement with a little encouragement. At first I thought it would be about a pretty ‘suburban’ white girl in jail,— it is, she even get’s called Taylor Swift. But, it’s equally about the inmates, and
Piper’s I thought)The chemistry was a little off in the pilot between Alex (Laura Prepon), but, there is the overall charm of the pilot to wash over it. Alex popping in at the end made me smile— roll my eyes, however, (I’ve seen six episodes now) it has developed nicely, and I can appreciate the tag now that I like Alex as an individual. Definitely excited that this is a new development in the Netflix smorgasbord of options. Oh, the expanding waistline…
— John Steinbeck, East of Eden (via yeahwriters)