How Tuca & Bertie Depicts Anxiety

So, for all of those who have watched Tuca & Bertie: Do y’all remember the scene in episode 4 when Bertie loses her shit at the grocery store? I remember the scene where Bertie loses her shit at the grocery store, because I have absolutely been there before. Let me just say that that one little scene is kind of a perfect summation of my life.Read More »

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What Yvie Oddly’s Win Means to Me

Happy Pride, everybody!!! Who else is feeling their pink glow this month??

So, I have a bit of a confession to make. While I am definitely not a big fan of reality TV, I have a serious love/hate relationship with RuPaul’s Drag Race. I think that the show and fanbase have a number of glaring issues, largely pertaining to the fact that it has become so popular in recent years. Unlike the earlier seasons, where it felt like this underground celebration of all things gay and fabulous, it now feels more like just another reality competition show with forced drama and overproduced edits to make it more palatable to mass audiences (i.e., straight people.) HOWEVER, I still have to admit that I am so goddamn entertained every minute that I am watching it.

As a member of the LGBT+ community, I like to stay updated on what is current in gay media. I’m not the biggest fan of Ru himself, but I love watching the competing queens each season, seeing them grow as both people and performers as the weeks trudge on. Since we are eleven seasons into the show, of course there are some queens who are obviously there because they want a taste of that sweet sweet television screen time, but then there are others who I feel like are there because they truly want to share their beautiful art with the world. One of the girls from season 11 who fits into that latter mold is the season’s wonderfully weird winner herself: Yvie Oddly.Read More »

OK K.O.! LET’S BE A MODERN CLASSIC!

One of my favorite cartoons as a wee lass was the original 1998 series, The Powerpuff Girls. I watched the show religiously, owned almost every piece of merch – hell, I think I wanted to be Buttercup when I was in nursery school (although my personality aligned a lot more with Bubbles). The show had a colorful, anime influenced style, and even more colorful characters that anyone, child or adult, could get to know and love. It was very easy to get into: it followed a “monster of the week” formula and wasn’t serialized, so you could watch just about any episode and understand what was going on. This is how most cartoons were back in the late 90s, and the kids who watched them way back then are now the ones creating new cartoons on those same children’s networks, like Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon.

But Dorrie, you may ask, why are you talking about The Powerpuff Girls when the title of this blog clearly pertains to a completely different cartoon? Well, if you must know, it is because whenever I watch an episode of OK K.O.! Let’s be Heroes, I feel this sense of nostalgia that brings me back to those days of Saturday morning cartoons like The Powerpuff Girls. I can so easily picture little baby Dorrie watching OK K.O., and enjoying it just as adult Dorrie does. I really have to thank creator Ian Jones-Quartey for this bouncy, action packed piece of media because it is filled with as much heart and soul as the cartoons that I worshipped back in the late 90s and early 2000s, emulating that same style, but with a fresh and non-cringeworthy modern twist.Read More »

I See You, Bojack Horseman

*SPOILERS FOR SEASON 5 OF BOJACK HORSEMAN – READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION

Every time I begin a new season of Bojack Horseman, I can’t help but feel this knot in the pit of my stomach. Shakily clutching my Roku remote, I think to myself, “Will this be it? Will this be the season where the writers’ room completely falls apart, and turns this masterpiece into more soulless Hollywood schlock?” I only think this because: 1 – I’m a cynical 22 year old, and 2 – I can say, without a doubt, that this is my favorite show. Ever. Of all time. Every single episode manages to deliver both razor-sharp wit and gut-wrenching raw emotion that can make anyone, human or horse, star or civilian, look themselves in the mirror and ask, “Am I the best version of myself that I can be?” Thankfully, season 5 is on top of its game, and has given me so much to think about that I can’t seem to focus on anything else. Seriously. Ask my family and friends, they’ll tell you it’s all I talk about.Read More »

The End of the F***ing World and the Portrayal of Teenagers

cw: mentions of rape, violence and suicide

*SPOILERS FOR THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD – READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION

When I heard that the TV series, The End of the F***ing World, based on Charles Forsman’s graphic novel of the same name, was getting renewed for a second season, I honestly had mixed feelings. In my opinion, the British Channel 4/Netflix black comedy concludes its first season right where it needs to after a span of eight 20-minute episodes. Sure, it could be argued that the finale ends on a cliffhanger, but I struggle to figure out what exactly they can do in season 2 that won’t feel like a total shift from the carefully grounded tone the show has built thus far. I do, however, remain hopeful that I’ll be pleasantly surprised, and that the team behind the show can create a narrative that is just as gripping as the first season’s.

I recently rewatched this series for the second time through, and I found myself really thinking about the title: The End of the F***ing World. It’s brutally honest, and so incredibly teenager. Nothing screams teen angst more than swear words and the intense feeling that everything is going to shit. That is what TEOTFW does best, though: portray teenagers honestly.Read More »