my girrrrrrls

sourwolfiehale  asked:

Hi i saw you recently post about skam so what is about and where can be found?

OH MY GOD, FINALLY AN EXCUSE TO GUSH ABOUT SKAM!!!  THANK YOU, YOU GLORIOUS HUMAN BEING.  Okay, Skam is a Norwegian web series that is currently in its third season and follows students at Nissen, a high school in Oslo.  The idea is to immerse you in the fictional life of whatever major character the season has chosen to focus on, so they have social media accounts (Instagram, for example) that are updated throughout the week, as well as text exchanges, until we get a new episode on Friday.

Season 1 is about Eva.  The squad™ in this season, I can’t even fucking explain it to you.  We’re plopped down in Eva’s life, which is given the impression of already being well-lived in, as she meets the friends who are going to stick.  There’s Sana, who probably has the most badass introduction of any character in fictional history (goddamn, I love her), Vilde, who’s high-maintenance and kind-hearted, Chris, who is extremely comfortable in her own skin and hilarious to be sure, and Noora, who is one of the most thoughtful and socially cognizant young characters I’ve ever seen on screen and who has one of the best first lines ever: “Girls who call other girls sluts have 90% more chance of getting chlamydia.”

It’s more real, both in terms of behavior - it digs in better to what millennials are actually like rather than the cliches of what we’re like, and in terms of losing the Hollywood-style glam - kids get zits, their thighs touch, they smudge or mismatch their make-up, etc.  They’re not professionally put together, they’re high school students.  And this show, my God, it has so far embraced creeds, sexualities, body types and races with such care and delicacy that it warms my cold, cold heart.  And most just blend into the background without mention, it’s a part of society that people are different in a myriad of different ways - bellissimo.

I think this is my favorite season just for the fact that I think it’s so, so important to see girls taking care of other girls - THE WAY THESE GIRLS CONSISTENTLY DO - and watching them build this bond between them was damn good.

Season 2 (part 1) | (part 2) is about Noora.  Noora.  Noora, Noora, Noora.  Noora is so special because she’s not inflexible and hard, she’s not portrayed as a bitch or frigid, while still getting to be - completely undeniably - a strong character, with a backbone and then some.  You rarely get to see one without the other when it comes to women but HERE SHE IS.  She has extremely solid opinions and ideas about the way the world should work but also recognizes that she doesn’t know everything, that she can be wrong and that sometimes she needs to bend.  Her interactions with Sana in this season are some of my all-time favorite interplays between any of the characters ever.

Season 3 is about Isak.  Isak has been lurking in the background of seasons 1 and 2 and by the end of season 1 we’re twigged to the fact that he’s likely gay.  Season 3 is him coming to terms with that and his realistic and emotional relationship with Even is probably some of the best romance (romance, period) that I’ve ever seen.  But honestly?  HONESTLY?  My favorite thing about this is his squad™, because at every turn they are such boys.  Horrible teenage boys who talk nonstop about hooking up and can be awkward around feelings but who are also fucking bros.  The scene of Isak, Jonas, Mahdi and Magnus sitting around a table and strategizing what Isak should say to Even?  I can live off the goodness in that sequence for years.  Dead serious.  And Isak is almost never made to feel different by them.  When he tells Jonas the person he likes isn’t a girl, Jonas doesn’t even have a visible reaction, just guesses a boy instead and when Isak tries to play ‘straight guy’ before he comes out and make fun of a gay man, Jonas shuts him down so fast and so hard that Isak nearly swallows his tongue.  Mahdi is horrified that the school might think he fought with Isak because he’s gay, that people are saying he’s a homophobe (and this is before he even knows Isak is gay).  And Magnus finally gets to meet Even and throws his arms around him because anybody that important to Isak is going to be that important to him too.  Special mentions for a moving speech given by Eskild (Isak’s out and proud roommate) and Sana this season too.

Basically: I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS SHOW ENOUGH.  Especially as I know people in my neck of the woods are in need of this kind of pure and heart-warming goodness these days.  I promise you: it delivers.  All links are embedded in the season mentions SO GET WATCHING.