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Euphoria (HBO)

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by Adam Lenhardt, Jun 17, 2019.

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  1. Adam Lenhardt

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    Watched the pilot for this today. I liked it, but it didn't hook me enough to renew my HBO subscription to watch the rest of the episodes.

    This is apparently a heavily autobiographical story from showrunner Sam Levinson, son of director Barry Levinson. HBO is presenting it as the definitive account of what it's like to be a teenager in 2019. I'm not so sure that's true. Growing up, Sam Levinson would have had access to significant wealth. Most teenagers in 2019 couldn't afford his drug habit. It's also remarkable how little space the kids' parents take up on the show; I read a comment somewhere that they could almost sub in the wah wah trombone noise when the adults speak like the Peanuts cartoons do, and that rang really true. The only adult in the pilot with any significant role is a man who picks up a teenage girl online and then bangs her from behind in a cheap pay-by-the-hour motel.

    The acting is really good from beginning to end. Zendaya is a star, and makes you root for Rue even when you probably shouldn't.
     
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    I thought the premiere episode was visually arresting, and I did enjoy the overall storytelling technique employed, but I admit to somewhat mixed feelings about the whole thing. I am at that 'old man yells at clouds' phase of my life :) so I'm not certain that I am the demographic for this show.

    I don't mind dark material and I don't consider myself very prudish but the reality presented is so far from my life and my experiences at that age that I admit that I am having some difficulty relating to the show in the context of 'this is how life is now for today's high school students'. Perhaps, but it leaves me feeling adrift with no frame of reference.

    I'll probably keep watching as the acting is strong and I am curious (in spite of what I just posted above) to see where it goes.

    - Walter.
     
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    I was looking to see if a thread even existed on this show.

    A little dismayed to see that it does with only 3 posts to date.

    I have been watching this series from day one and keeping up-to-date with each passing week.

    Phenomenal show -- especially in its creative ability to tell a story.

    I don't know how true its portrayal of teen life is, but it's often jarring to look at.

    Interested in knowing if anyone is still watching this and what they think.
     
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    I'm a big fan. To me it's like a Sci-Fi show or a series set in a foreign land. I'm fascinated by what to me are alien beings and intrigued by what motivates them. (And nudity doesn't hurt either.)
     
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    Steve,

    So, it looks like you and I are the only two still watching this show in this forum.

    I think HBO did a daring thing by putting the nudity and sex in the forefront, but nothing different than a lot of their other shows and of course, sex always sells.

    I just personally like the visuals of this show. They do a great job of creating moods with music and lighting, whether it be the lights of a carnival or a house party against a pulsating soundtrack. I hope I put that in the correct context.

    It's engaging, to say the least. I'm hooked.
     
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    These days I find myself saving up shows (not necessarily on purpose) and watching the entire season over the course of a week. I just don't have the time to invest in a series (especially when there are multiple series to watch) and I quickly fall behind. It's easier for me to find one show, and watch an episode a night before bed.

    That said, this was last week's watch. What a fascinating show! Great acting and phenomenal visuals. The sequence where Jules and Nate were texting each other in episode three was incredibly impressive.

    I was disappointed in the finale. I was expecting stories to end but they're clearly leaving something for next season. I look forward to it's return.

    As a side note, is it just me or is Sydney Sweeny in just about everything lately? Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Handmaids Tale, Sharp Objects, Everything Sucks...
     
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    Paul,

    So happy to see another satisfied fan.

    I started watching this series purely on the news about its overly sexual content and how one actor/actress left the show because he/she thought it was pornographic.

    Outside of that, this was an excellent watch and it's very easy to get drawn into it. The editing is superb as are the visuals.

    Was also disappointed by the finale, but certainly, the intent was to leave it open for more next year.
     
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    I subscribed to HBO's app for Big Little Lies with the intention of cancelling after that ended. Then I noticed that the second month of my subscription was going to be billed only two days before the final episode of that show. I had to let it renew because I wanted to watch the finale, but I also felt like I should watch something else to make the second month worthwhile so that I wasn't just paying $15.90 for access to one episode.

    I settled on Euphoria out of somewhat random curiosity because the app had shown commercials before Big Little Lies started, and because at only 8 episodes, it wasn't a big commitment.

    To my surprise, I ended up really loving it. The drugs and sex and overall excess do not reflect my experience growing up, but it felt authentic for these characters and this story. I've liked Zendaya in other things before -- she's excellent in Far From Home, in particular, and was good in The Greatest Showman even though I didn't like that movie -- but I didn't know she could act at this level. Nothing I have seen her in before has demanded this level of raw emotion and dramatic, serious character work. The "door scene" in episode 3 is, I think, her Emmy telecast clip for next year when she gets nominated, which she absolutely should be. The rest of the cast is great too, although I hadn't seen any of the other teenagers before in other roles so was less surprised by them than I was by Zendaya.

    Eric Dane ("DominantDaddy")/Cal I watched for years back when he was on Grey's Anatomy. This is a very different role for him too, and he's done very compelling work with limited screen time. I was very startled to see him when he was revealed in the pilot.

    I wasn't disappointed in the finale at all. Obviously, Rue's choice in the end of it
    to use drugs again after actually staying clean for a while
    was an unfortunate development for her character, but I wasn't disappointed in the narrative choice to take it there, if that makes sense.

    I let HBO lapse after finishing this, but will subscribe again temporarily when the second season airs. I also look forward to revisiting these episodes whenever the Blu-ray release comes out.
     

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