Have you ever watched Euphoria? The HBO collection premiered in June 2019, and because then, its recognition has unfold like wildfire. Ever because the get started of season two this January, Sundays are now not simply Sundays. They’re Euphoria Sundays. A whopping 13.2 million audience watched the season two premiere, and now each week we music in to peer what new chaos greets the pretty, hilarious and complicated scholars of East Highland Top Faculty.
Once I first heard concerning the display, I thought that as a result of its protagonists had been top schoolers, the objective target audience can be top schoolers. However quickly I noticed that the HBO phenomenon, with its grainy cinematography and suspenseful storylines, has stuck the eye of audience of every age.
So, I reached out to 6 girls, from age 19 to 45, to listen to their ideas on what feels hyper-exaggerated, what assists in keeping them coming again, and what storylines strike as regards to house…
Caution: Underneath are display spoilers. Additionally, a few of this content material covers drug dependancy.
PHOEBE, 20, Northfield, Minnesota
Phrase she’d use to explain Euphoria: Drippy
Personality she needs she might be: Jules
May she live on Eastland Top? “I will be able to’t inform for the reason that characters don’t move to university.”
“I respect how severely the display treats top schoolers. The characters are proven as glamorous, now not vapid like in motion pictures like Imply Women. Everybody has issues, and characters aren’t absolutely just right or dangerous. Seeing characters who do truly tousled issues however nonetheless have individuals who combat for them — like Rue together with her dependancy and her circle of relatives — makes me really feel that you just’re nonetheless adorable although you’re making errors.
“Many scenes are tremendous dramatized however nonetheless ring true. In season two, Kat is aware of Ethan is a superb man, however she doesn’t absolutely like him and isn’t positive why. And the way a ways Cassie is going to get validation from guys; I relate to her want to be observed.
“However even then, each time I watch the display, one thing feels off as a result of there may be such a lot trauma in every episode. It makes me really feel like they don’t believe me as a viewer to stay coming again until they’ve an insane quantity of gore and intercourse. I feel one of the simplest ways to observe Euphoria is to benefit from the teenage drama plots (which can be addictive and interesting) and settle for the ridiculousness of the whole lot else.
“At the moment, the characters have all betrayed every different within the worst techniques. I do not know how the display will convey them again in combination on the finish of the season, however I can’t wait to peer.”
ADRIANNA, 19, Phoenix
Phrase she’d use to explain Euphoria: Eye-opening
Personality she needs she might be: Maddy
May she live on Eastland Top? “We’ve all witnessed one thing very similar to that [shown] at Eastland Top, however what we’ve witnessed isn’t as dramatic.”
“I grew up observing Zendaya on Disney, so I used to be to peer her in a special component. Once I noticed the primary episode, it used to be excessive. However the visuals are stunning, and Zendaya’s appearing on this function displays how gifted and flexible she is.
“The display will also be emotional, particularly for many who can relate to dependancy or home abuse. In episode 5 of season two, Rue relapses and argues together with her mother and sister. I’ve heard other people say the display glorifies drug use, however I consider it highlights what drug dependancy can do to relationships with circle of relatives, pals and companions.
“My favourite persona is Maddy. I really like the actress Alexa Demie and her taste. She’s been known as an ‘It Lady’ in recent times, and it’s cool to peer a Latina be an It Lady within the media. Her persona is unswerving and has it fairly in combination. Some other people say she comes off as bitchy, nevertheless it’s as a result of she must protect herself. It’s by no means malicious. And the season two ‘Maddy vs. Cassie’ storyline unquestionably occurs in actual lifestyles. It’s loopy that Nate can see a long term with Cassie in an instant in comparison to Maddy. It displays how males to find their long-term delusion with a white lady when put next to a lady of colour. The track Your Absolute best American Lady via Mitski describes what I’m speaking about so neatly.
“Race sensible, I believe just like the display might be extra numerous. There must be extra darker skinned girls, and I want they might contact extra on Maddy being Mexican American and Kat’s Brazilian tradition. The Latin group is already underrepresented within the media, so having a display as standard as Euphoria would were nice for others to be informed extra about Latinos. Additionally, the display may higher about sexual illustration. Throwing Elliot in the midst of Rue and Jules’s dating fetishizes lesbians and is queer baiting. So, I believe like Sam Levinson can do higher on that.”
ANDREA, 30, San Jose, California
Phrase she’d use to explain Euphoria: Generational
Personality she needs she might be: Lexi
May she live on Eastland Top? “I couldn’t even final in a normal highschool at the moment.”
“I can’t stay up for Sundays. My favourite a part of the display is Rue’s storyline. Children at the moment can get medicine so simply. So, seeing Rue’s persona, and the way the lack of her dad affected her, and her suffering between being in love and being an addict, in need of to get well however now not, it’s truly onerous to hate any person like that.
“I believe like essentially the most real looking factor concerning the display is how chaotic youngsters’ lives are. As an example, Nate and Maddy’s dating displays the confusion of hormones. One minute, they’re like, ‘I really like you,’ and the following minute, ‘I hate you.’ And in season two, Cassie is a sizzling mess. She is dozing together with her perfect buddy’s ex-boyfriend but in addition pronouncing such things as, ‘Oh my god, I really like my perfect buddy, I’d by no means harm her.’ And the best way top schoolers get dressed is so other from how I wearing highschool. As of late 15-year-old women put on brief shorts and crop tops, and it’s superior as a result of they’re now not censoring themselves.
“So far as illustration, the display began in a just right position. Zendaya is Black, and Maddy is Latina. You might have Jules, who’s a trans woman, however they’re now not promoting her or shoving it to your face. And Kat is a plus-sized woman who suits in with the entire cool women. I determine together with her as a result of I used to be all the time the larger, taller woman putting with the ‘in crowd.’ They’re being inclusive but being natural about it.
“Looking at the display has impressed me not to pass judgement on. You by no means know what individuals are going thru; you handiest see the outside.”
PAOLA, 31, L.A.
Phrase she’d use to explain Euphoria: Emotional
Personality she needs she might be: Lexi
May she live on Eastland Top? “Hell no. I couldn’t hold.”
“I truly like season two, when Maddy and Cassie get a larger storyline. I really like how Maddy is a sturdy, assured Latina, who isn’t gonna go into reverse, however could also be somewhat scared and not sure. However every now and then I ponder whether Maddy is being written as an ordinary Latina stereotype. Together with her persona, you should right away assume, ‘Oh, she’s a sassy Latina.’ I ponder whether the usage of stereotypes is intentional, or if it’s simply because that’s how Sam Levinson, as a white male, sees other people.
“I felt pissed off with this season’s episode 5, after they pitted a Latina in opposition to a white woman. My fiancé, Chris, mentioned, ‘Don’t see it as a race factor.’ However as an individual of colour, I to find it onerous now not to peer it like that. They made Maddie glance broken, and he or she used to be so harm, after which Cassie will get the glad finishing. Nate wasn’t keen to compromise for Maddie, however rapidly, he’s keen to compromise for a lady who meets all American attractiveness requirements. Nate used to be in a position to fetishize Maddie and be abusive and poisonous in opposition to her, however he’s a just right particular person with Cassie? Maddy is so a lot more — you noticed her give Kat nice recommendation a pair episodes prior to, and he or she’s all the time been a trip or die to Cassie. After which Cassie betrayed her.”
ZIVA, 40, Brooklyn
Phrase she’d use to explain Euphoria: Transcendent
Personality she needs she might be: Maddy
May she live on Eastland Top? “I’m able to head undercover now and be a scholar!”
“The nature construction is best shelf. Each and every persona is written so neatly, like who Jules used to be and who she is now. And Rue is terrible, simply terrible, however your center additionally breaks for her and you’re keen on her. I’m like, ‘Oh my god, Rue, are you all the time going to be a junkie?’ You’re truly rooting for her.
“My favourite persona is Fez. If I may have a wallpaper of him, I’d. He’s so relax however sturdy. If I had been a youngster, I’d determine with Lexi — feeling misplaced, like I don’t belong, but in addition being quiet and laid again. However Lexi has her head on her shoulders and he or she is aware of that she isn’t the place she must be, this scene isn’t for her. Lexi’s the kind of one who will transfer away and feature a profession.
“The display makes you are feeling the entire issues. Even how it’s shot, so dimly lit that it’s nearly seedy, places you on this darkish mentality. And there’s the catch 22 situation of rooting for the dangerous man. You’re like, ‘This dude is so dangerous, why am I rooting for him on this scene?’ However there are such a lot of layers to every persona. As a result of in spite of everything, in fact, in lifestyles, everybody hopes that everybody is just right. They’re now not, however that’s the hope, proper?
“For the finale, my concern is that Fez goes to die. And I will be able to have to head on clinical go away from paintings if that occurs.”
SHANA, 45, New York Town
Phrase she’d use to explain Euphoria: Sensationalized
Personality she needs she might be: Jules
May she live on Eastland Top? “I don’t assume rather well.”
“I handiest needed to watch the primary episode to be totally seduced. The artwork path is solely stunning, the make-up, the eye to element. The director pushes barriers and takes dangers. And Zendaya is bizarre on this function. For a tender actor to so bodily embrace an addict, it’s truly wonderful. Additionally, I really like the ensemble of actors, particularly the ladies for his or her chemistry and friendship. They may be able to be terrible and harsh to one another, but in addition have extremely delicate moments. The connection between Rue and Jules feels uncooked and lovely. They’re like Women, however Women 2.0.
“The opposite night time, my husband and I went on a date and left our youngsters at house with their pals. Prior to we left, we advised them to not use the range. However I by no means in one million years would have imagined that the 13-year-old women would hollow up within the bed room and watch hours of Euphoria! I used to be in entire surprise. To start with I used to be fearful about the entire nudity, medicine and intercourse, however after considering extra about it, I felt just like the display does a just right task of depicting the very actual struggles youngsters face and the results of creating dangerous possible choices.
“In a while, I advised my daughter, ‘Let’s watch the second one season in combination.’ I felt adore it used to be higher so as to speak about it, as opposed to her observing it on her personal. Now I’m if truth be told thankful for the conversations the display has provoked.
“Regardless of darkish topics, Euphoria has such a lot attractiveness and love. Although it’s completely hyper-realized, there are moments of reality. Plus, it’s so entertaining to observe.”
Have you ever observed Euphoria? Or is it an excessive amount of so that you can take care of? I’d love to listen to your ideas!
(Photograph via Eddy Chen/HBO)