Things that would have made SKAM s4 better for me...
1. Sana winning and happy.
I get it’s teen drama and it’s not gonna be smooth sailing all the way, but it’s episode 7 and all we see is nothing working out for her, Yousef, girl squad, Russ bus, Elias..
2. More positive stuff about Islam.
Honestly this could have been a really good opportunity to educate viewers about some of the common Western misconceptions of Islam, some interesting history of the Middle East, and why did Sana’s family move to Norway? Side note, did you know prophet Muhammed’s first wife proposed to him (this was really interesting for me, strong woman who knew what she wanted! Nothing sexist about that.) The similarities between Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Beautiful visuals like Moroccan or Turkish tea sets?
But all we got so far is Sana’s religion is part of her identify that’s rather “inconvenient” for her 😔 (cheap plot..)
Honestly it overplays how ignorant her friends are with the pizza scene, i have Muslim (and Jewish) friends and when we have parties we are so careful not serving pork (they all drink alcohol though lol), we always cook pork last so the other food isn’t “contaminated”. Like it’s just normal to accommodate friends? I myself have food intolerances and when we go out my friends always accommodate me too?
3. Sana’s mum is a surgeon
OK I think it’s cool she’s got great parents but I just think a bit of girl power in a teen girl drama series won’t hurt, fight the gender roles and inspire strong women! We all know her dad is a surgeon it wasn’t mentioned what her mum does… (Unless they did earlier and I missed?)
4. Less Noora, less Evak, less everyone else who’s not Sana
I can’t believe I’m saying this, because you all know I love Evak! But this is her season, she can’t just be the “connection”, I want her to lead!! Tell her own stories!! Debunk islamphobic misconceptions! Bring people together! She’s strong and beautiful, she can do that! Not sneaking around taking petty screenshots of a conversation from a long time ago, betraying her friend Isak’s trust. I want her, Sana, to go up to Sara and assertively and articulately tell her she’s a manipulative insecure bitch and horrible person and shove it! Tell Noora to toughen up and get over William who’s an arsehole. Tell Vilde that she’s been the loyaliest friend to her and she needs to grow up and stop being a back stabber or soon she’ll have no real friends.
Sana’s a badass who’s not had any issues standing up for herself and being strong in the past, do it again for us!! 💪