quarterlife: Quarterlife (series premiere) - VIDEO
(S01E01) Generally, when I watch a new show, I try to give it the benefit of the doubt before I make a decision. First episodes of new shows are often full of bad choices. Poor casting, too much exposition, bad hair styles. all of which are usually remedied by the second episode. With that in mind, i have to say that I found the first ten minutes of quarterlife incredibly irritating. First of all, the title and premise of the show is insulting to me. I assume since Zwick and Herskovitz already did thirtysomething, they were hesitant to call this show twentysomething. Unfortunately, that's all the show is, a bunch of friends in their twenties, trying to make their mark.
I like the idea of a show that is based around someone's personal blog. Everyone has a blog these days so it makes perfect sense. Furthermore, I like seeing what can happen when you cross the line in your personal blog. The internet is still a mystical thing to a lot of people. They don't understand that what you put out there can be seen by everyone who will ever exist until the end of the world. People too often, treat the internet like a receptacle where they throw things away and never think about them again.
My real problem with this show is more a problem with myself. When I watched thirtysomething one of the reasons I loved it is because it was about people who were living a life I had no knowledge of. They were married, had kids, suffering from cancer, owned their own failing businesses and they lived in Philadelphia. They might as well have been from a different planet as far as the 25-year-old me was concerned. On quarterlife, these people are living a life that I have already seen. They're idealistic, failing at relationships, taking acting classes and falling in love with each other. Personally, I've been there and the idea of reliving it doesn't grab me. That being said, there may be plenty of younger folks who find the show interesting because they can identify with it.
As for the characters, my favorite has to be Andy. I always enjoy the supporting characters who don't seem to have any problems and spend their time making funny comments. I'm sure eventually, Andy will be just as angst-ridden as the rest of the cast, but in this first episode, he was my favorite. My least favorite character would have to be Dylan. Her manufactured persona of the tortured artist trying to make it in the commercial world is only made worse by her jittery, irritating demeanor. I understand that, for the most part, the cast is made up of unknown talent, but aside from the pretty girls, there wasn't much there to engage me.
The final nail in the coffin had to be the conversation about happiness and the Karaoke finale. Since when did getting on stage and doing a bad cover version of a pop hit become the ultimate expression of artistic freedom. I love Karaoke and I do it as often as I can but I never feel like an artist afterwards. In fact, part of the reason I do it is because it's a great excuse to be stupid. Moreover any bar that filled with people that supportive of a Karaoke performance is far too pretentious for it's own good.
All in all, I didn't really enjoy the show, but I know it's not really made for me, so take that for what's worth.