I’m having a hard time trying to understand why in hell Eva or any of the girls would be mad at Sana. We know what she did was bad but honestly? It didn’t come from a place where Sana just wanted to hate on Sara. She was exposing her because Sara is the one who’s spreading so much hate.
If I was one of the girls and Sana came and explained me exactly what happened, I’d just throw a pyjama party for us in order to forget about the people who try to hurt us.
And so recently, I’ve gotten myself into Norwegian teenage hell (heaven?) – Skam.
I was scrolling through my Twitter and once again, I discover something that’s invest-my-whole-life material. So before anything else, I just want to say: “Fucking hell, Skam is so beautiful.”
For those of you who don’t know, Skam is a Norwegian coming-of-age TV show that is centered on different main characters for each season. (If you’re wondering: yes, the seasons are connected with each other. Same characters, same universe, different main.) The first season follows Eva, the second Noora, and the third Isak (who were both introduced Eva’s close friends.) I think this concept is actually pretty clever. It emphasizes the fact we all feel like the main characters in our lives (obviously) and feel like everything is thrown to us whenever we experience problems. What we’re sometimes unaware of is that we only play as side characters in other people’s lives, moreover someone close to us. What do they feel about us? What role do we play in their lives? It’s interesting how the personality and vibe of each main changes when the…main changes (Sorry for the redundancy).
The opening sequence to the first episode was straightforward, and in my opinion, letting the audience immediately cross out what I’ve mentioned above. It is not just ’that’ show. As the show progresses, it just gets better and better. Sure it doesn’t involve major conflicts where you have to find out who the killer is or the main character finally accepting his fate as The Chosen One™, but it reels you in. The shots, the dialogue, and the story in general that may appeal tedious if you don’t look at the minor details. The authenticity of this show is what makes it special. The camerawork (and the cinematography in general), was especially my favorite. I found the camerawork rather awkward and shaky but later on I interpreted it as a way of making it seem like the audience is actually watching the events happen with their own two eyes. Another thing I’ve noticed is how there are these times where they focus on a character making a certain expression that lasts longer than usual. It was super awkward at first but it’s just so fascinating how it imitates the way the expression of doubt, the little breaths, gazes, blinks, and gulps when we try to process our thoughts. I’ve also heard that Julie Andem, the creator of the show, casted actual teens who have no experience in acting whatsoever(?) Oh, and their official website releases clips of episodes released in real time. A timestamp is shown in an episode to indicate this. Example is when a
timestamp shows that it’s Sunday, 1:00 PM, both the setting of the
show and the release of the clip are the same. (They even have their
character Instagram accounts, for fuck’s sake.)
Another thing I loved about Skam is that in contrast to the whole upperclass lifestyle and carefree vibe the show promotes, it still acknowledges social issues such as racism, sexism, and various political issues. Not just that, but its subtopics. Never have I seen a show where they discuss Islamophobia and internalized homophobia and misogyny. The thing is, they don’t just parade these issues around to gain the title of being “woke” , but rather actually educating people of their ignorance (which is rare in American and Philippine television, let me tell you.) Skam has captured both the gritty nature of reality - acknowledging the struggles teenagers go through and the prejudice the minorities face but at the same time showing us how to accept this and live in the moment.
It’s a show that has great character development and at the same time sheds some light to major issues we tend to neglect or be unaware of.
It’s too good to be true. We do not deserve this gem. Where else can you find a good show like this? Damn you, Norwegians.