The tone is completely different from the first and we're now introduced (in quick brushstrokes) to the rest of the characters.
A lot of people are going to bash these characters for being cliche. But they're wrong and here's why: teenagers are cliche. There are only about twenty different personalities that teenagers have. About 8 for guys and 12 for girls.
I was surprised by the tack they took in the first episode -- it was an episode that could be summed up in one sentence "Hot girl wakes up outside for unclear reasons then goes inside and gets freaked out for unclear reasons; she is really hot." I think you have to give the audience a little bit more than that.
Episode 2 seems to be doing a little more to give people a reason to keep watching.
Last Edit: Apr 2, 2007 20:09:17 GMT -5 by milowent
I pretty much agree on all counts, Jay. All great high school movies depend on these defined categories of teens (the jocks, the loner, the rich kid, the very *friendly* (eta: ha, ha s1ut becomes friendly automatically ...) person, the dweebs/outsiders, etc.), so its not surprising that Prom Queen would too. Arguing that its cliche would be akin to trashing romeo & juliet because its a story of young lovers facing adversity against them being together.
As for this episode compared to Ep1, I think some people were jarred by the first 1st episode as an unlikely beginning, but if you watched, say episodes 1-5 in order, it will feel a lot more like a movie where you don't expect every 90 second chunk to be a coherent whole. but people have to get used to that idea here. ETA: the comments on this ep are turning very positive on the whole on myspace. vid has over 12,000 views in 4 hours (much faster pace than the 1st ep, which is at 45K and climbing -- outstripping the views for every SH7F episode on revver, i bet)
Last Edit: Apr 2, 2007 22:28:08 GMT -5 by milowent
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Post by VanillaFlava on Apr 3, 2007 4:51:38 GMT -5
I liked it. I also agree with Jay on all counts. I think some of the actors seem a little too old to deliver convincing teenagers though.
All in all this has a much more scripted and produced feel than any of the other projects that come to mind. Good, or bad? Well, right now, I am leaning toward welcome change, as I am really tired of the meandering, pointless output of other series.
I wonder if each episode will have such a nice cliff-hanger moment, as the first two (camera, sms), that might come accross as a bit awkward after time.
Post by surrealisticpill on Apr 3, 2007 10:46:23 GMT -5
I like it so far. I was a tad bit skeptical after the first episode, but this episode introduced the characters nicely and now I'm looking forward to episode 3. The high school stereotypes didn't bother me, because as Jay pointed out, it's all true. I agree with Vanilla that some of the actors do seem a bit too old, but I loved Beverly Hills 90210 (still do, actually) and most of them were pushing 30.