Based on this post by beautiful and amazing @catarinalosss
- Emma goes directly to the counter, seeing the cute- hot- barista with the blue eyes and unruly brown hair. She starts asking about the tattoos that peek from the collar of his black shirt. She asks for his name (even though it’s in the tag) and says “Julian” rolling the letters on her tongue, making Julian melt a little bit. And Emma knows it. Oh she KNOWS.
- Aline sits on one of the stools, where she has a direct view of the pretty blond girl cleaning the coffee machine. “Isn’t that heavy?” She asks as the girl attempts to refill the machine, carrying a big coffee bag. The girl turns, startled, almost dropping the bag, and blushes when she sees Aline. “I manage,” she says, and she has a faint accent Aline can’t place. Aline cocks her head, smiles, and says sincerely, “I don’t doubt it.” The girl’s -Helen’s, according to the tag- smile is the brightest thing Aline has ever seen.
- Kit rests his head on his palm, bored. Everyone around him is flirting with the staff and all he can think is, “how is a family so hot what the fuck.” He gets tired of Aline flirting with the coffee girl, so he moves to a booth in the corner by himself, with the purpose of playing Watch and Judge. However, he sees that the booth he had in mind is occupied by a black-haired boy with headphones on his ears, an apron around his waist, and a Sherlock Holmes book on his lap. Kit can’t help it, he asks, “Shouldn’t you be working?” Though he knows the boy probably can’t hear him. Surprisingly, however, the boy raises his eyes from his book slightly, and Kit’s breath hitches a little. He’s beautiful. “It’s my break,” the boy says, not looking him in the eye, and goes back to his book. Kit hears a feminine laugh come from the corner of the booth, and notices for the first time a very pretty girl with the same brown hair and blue eyes as the barista Emma was flirting with. “Excuse my twin,” she says, smiling at Kit, all white teeth and dimples. “He can’t be bothered to be social when he’s reading Sherlock Holmes. Or, you know, he can’t be bothered most of the time. I’m Livvy, this is Ty,” she says, looking at Kit expectantly. “Oh, yeah, sorry. I’m Kit.” At his name, the black haired boy raises his eyes again, and Kit catches a glimpse of gray. He decides to sit down at that table, Watch and Judge game be damned.
- Cristina goes to sit with Kieran to a booth next to a window. She sees a blond boy make his way to their table, a pad and a pen in hand. She nudges Kieran’s foot under the table and nods discretely in his way. Kieran turns slightly, and Cristina sees his eyes go very wide. She laughs under her breath. “Hi, my name is Mark, I’m your waiter. What will you have today?” He asks, eyeing Kieran interestedly, then resting his eyes on Cristina and blushing slightly. Cristina smiles charmingly. “You’re very pretty,” Kieran says bluntly, and Cristina snorts. “I- uh” Mark splutters, blushing violently. “Kieran tends yo be very… direct,” Cristina says, kicking Kieran in the chin under the table. She smiles at Mark, who is looking both flattered and flushed. “But he usually means what he says.” Kieran glares at Cristina, but turns to mark with a serious face. “I do.” Mark moves his eyes between Cristina and Kieran, and finally smiles. Cristina and Kieran share a look. “Three coffees, and an extra seat for you,” Cristina says, and watches with pleasure as Mark blushes again.
first team kit; theres white in it???? im confused, are we still called the reds??? what is happening???, decent, retro, passable, the only decent kit this season
away team kit; looks like a handmade table cloth from the 30th century, horrendous, trashing teams was somehow lost in translation and now we’re getting ready to serve dinner, cancel the season lads dinner is served
third team kit; we are prisoned cheetos sentenced to lead traffic and look like clowns, a laughing stock, oh we were meant to look intimidating in europe???, not anymore, we went for the ‘we’re a bunch of prisoners on the run’ look, its fricking orange im done
Much as I love NMTD as my favorite adaptation of my favorite Shakespeare play, LBD for introducing me to the genre and the genre to the world, and so many other literary-inspired webseries for so many reasons, Lovely Little Losers will always be my favorite.
The premise is simple: Benedick, Balthazar, and Pedro (now going by Peter) from Nothing Much To Do are going to university in Wellington and living in a flat together with the lovely and awkward Freddie Kingston. Freddie and Ben decide to impose some order on the flat with a set of absurd flat rules that everyone has to follow, including a curfew, vegetarianism (and vegan Fridays), Ben getting to film everything, imposed flat bonding in the form of challenges, and the worst rule of all, no romantic relationships, aka no shenanigans.
The series is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, but in reality there are only about five episodes that have anything to do with the plot of the original play. Apart from those moments, the inspiration mostly just creates the premise and the names of certain characters.
Freddie, Benedick, Peter, and Balthazar sign a bunch of ridiculous flat rules that at first seem like a good idea and quickly spiral out of control. Then Beatrice and Meg decide to road trip to Wellington, where, due to The Rules, they end of sleeping in a tent in the back garden along with Kit, another friend of the flat. It’s hard to say more about the actual plot without spoilers, since it’s barely revealed what’s been going on until almost the end (starting around “SARDINES” and going until “FEATHERS”), so I’ll move on to my other categories.
All actual episodes are posted on the Lovely Little Losers YouTube channel, with Ben as the main (unreliable) narrator, Meg as secondary (mostly reliable) narrator, and other characters (such as Beatrice and Peter) occasionally filming/uploading videos as well. Fifteen videos are devoted to “Balth in a Bath,” which was all filmed on the same day in February but is uploaded sporadically throughout the year. There are also between fourteen and seventeen song videos, depending on how you define “song” (more on that later). There are also a few extras on other YouTube channels that, while not technically part of the story, help illuminate things considerably (the channel I’m referring to here is Zoos Job, though there are also two videos on the Nothing Much To Do channel).
How to watch LoLiLo:
This is ordinarily not one of my categories, but in this case it is very necessary. You MUST read the video descriptions, and also check the comments section, to have ANY idea what’s really going on here, and even then most of it’s going to be subtext. You can watch the series either in the order it was intended to be watched in or in chronological order (which ruins a little of the mystery but averts a Zoos Job marathon later on. Links to both playlists are below). Keep in mind that Benedick is the narrator of nearly the whole thing, and that he is editing the content to fit his own agenda – the one @beatriceeagle calls “Project Birdy-Fingers.” This means that two-thirds of the love stories in LoLiLo are almost entirely hidden from the viewers and once again need to be read through subtext.
Off the charts dedicated. This series has a much more experimental style than NMTD – several episodes use more than one camera angle, nearly every episodes has multiple characters in it, and is frequently filmed over multiple days and edited into non-chronological order – but there is still always a reason for the camera to be there and always a reason, in-universe, for it to have been edited and uploaded the way it was. This dedication to realism made things that much more difficult for The Candle Wasters, but it also adds hugely to the value of the series.
As I mentioned above, many, many episodes of LLL are actually songs. The series has been referred to by many people as a “secret musical” because of this. 11 songs are almost entirely character development. “A Merry Note” was written by Shakespeare and was mostly The Candle Wasters being clever and making us think our ship had sailed. “Heaven in Her Lips” is a cute love song. “Stay” is secretly plot, though the lyrics also assist in understanding “one foot on sea one on shore one in the boiling hot lava,” which is the real first episode of LoLiLo. Then we get to the question of whether certain other videos are songs. “Berry Nice,” while a Balth in a Bath episode, is clearly a song. But what about “Beatrice and Ballads,” which is essentially the reprise of “Beatrice, You’re Vivacious”? What about “A Sonnet,” which, although not a song, is the inverse of “An Ode” and should therefore be included for the sake of symmetry? Of course, the numbers don’t matter, because the songs are amazing. The songs themselves were mainly written by Reuben Hudson, Elsie Bollinger, and Maude Morris, with some help from other writers, and are performed mostly by Reuben Hudson and Mouce Young, with help from most of the rest of the cast.
Very strong. Several characters are not white at all (Kit and Jaquie), and race just generally is a non-issue. LGBT representation is also great, especially for a pre-2016 webseries: Peter is now openly bisexual, Balthazar actually uses the word “gay” to describe himself, Paige and Chelsey are a lesbian couple who have basically the only functional relationship in the whole series, and the sexuality of several other characters (Kit, Freddie, Costa, Vegan Fred), is never defined, though I headcanon them all as bi. Though there are no disabled characters, there are extensive explorations of mental health issues, though as usual for The Candle Wasters, this is largely in subtext. Also, people actually talk about money in this and have realistic issues with money, which is a nice change from every other webseries I’ve seen.
Fantabulous, especially since The Candle Wasters had an actual budget for this series. As mentioned before, there are even episodes shot with multiple cameras THAT ACTUALLY WORK. Yay for realism and quality combined is all I can say.
My three favorite things about Lovely Little Losers:
1) My two favorite episodes, “RUSSIANFUDGE” and “ACCOSTED”
2) Balth in a Bath, because Balth in a Bath is perfect and innocent and lovely and actually includes a lot of exposition and character/relationship development that doesn’t exist anywhere else.
3) The fact that I keep getting more out of it on every rewatch – and I have now seen this thing in full ten times, though it’s been more like twenty for some episodes (”TEA,” “RUSSIANFUDGE”), and I have no idea how many times I’ve watched/listened to some of the songs.
Difficult things about Lovely Little Losers:
On first viewing it can be almost impossible to understand what’s going on almost all the time, and it can be easy to skip things because the series seems largely plotless. Do not give up hope! There is indeed a plot, but you have to hunt for it. If you finish the series and still feel confused or dissatisfied, I recommend a rewatch and @beatriceeagle and @marydebenham ‘s LLL rewatch metas, which have been invaluable for many the confused/dissatisfied viewer. It can also be frustrating that certain things (like apologies) are never said on camera, but we can blame realism for that.
All I can say is, despite its surface flaws, LoLiLo is not only my favorite webseries but also only of my favorite pieces of literature of all time. There’s so much here, in character, in content, and in theme, and I could talk about it for ages more than I already have. Although on first viewing I had no idea what to make of it, I now give LLL a solid and glowing 5/5 stars.
1705: “Dear Sir, I shudder to think how much trouble these new-fangled cheques will cause, especially gathered together in bookes that could be so easily stolen by a vagabond. Oh, for a return to the days of the humble purse filled with gold coins.”
1138: “My Lord, I shudder to think of the problems that these new gold coins will unleash ‘pon us all, small, bright, shiny and easily stolen as they are….i’faith ‘twould be easier if we simply returned to bronze, such as we had in ye olden days.”
50BC: “Ave! Citizens, can we not see the danger of these Bronze coins? Is it beyond the wit and wisdom of our republic to return to the wisdom of those who came before, who bartered simple weights of metal without having to carry around these fiddly, small disks?”
933BC: “Em hotep! I have dispatched this parchment to explain how unhappy I am at this dangerous new idea of paying for things by weights of copper and bronze. This is surely a recipe for disaster. Can we not return to the simpler ways of our ancestors, bartering for goods by trading fruit, grain and other livestock and bounty of the lands?”
50,000BC: “Me Ug. Ug no happy. Ug not allowed to just kill to eat. Ug told need catch. Ug need give to Og. Og give Ug shoes. No good. Ug say old ones did better. Ug think this new way bring down wrath of sky. Plus Ug no happy with foreigners.”