Five days after the series finale, we’re still talking about Girls. Plus, Lane is obsessed with a YouTuber and has finally caught up with OITNB season 4. Michelle’s music-centric week includes a track from PARC and a YA-themed binge.
1. Safiya Nygaard Videos
I’m going to be honest with y’all. Part of the reason I don’t consume as much television/film anymore is…I love YouTube videos. I’ve gotten in the habit of watching a half an hour to an hour of YouTube every night before bed. YouTube always suggests Buzzfeed’s “Ladylike” videos because, well, I’m their perfect demographic. I resisted for awhile because I was too cool for them and then I watched them and loved their cast, friendships, and video ideas. Safiya ended up leaving Buzzfeed to create her own (very successful) YouTube channel. I really enjoy her videos. Plus, lots of makeup, Harry Potter, and cats.
2. Orange is the New Black season 4
I never finished OITNB season 4 because I had just written my master’s thesis that includes a section on Orange and I needed a break. I thought I’d catch up before season 5 premieres on June 9. I love this show and I’m happy I waited until I was ready to watch.
3. Girls finale analysis
Lena Dunham’s Girls ended last Sunday and there were plenty of articles circulating afterwards critiquing and honoring the show. I love Girls and enjoyed reading the critical praise of the sixth season and series finale, and seeing the sweet social media from the Girls team. Favorites: See Emily Nussbaum’s review and Lena and Jenni Konner’s finale conversation.
I’m going to call this a binge, but really it’s an unhealthy obsession with a song. I discovered this track over the weekend after catching up on a few BIRP.fm playlists I haven’t stayed on top of. Side note: BIRP.fm is a great way to discover new music from various genres, artists, etc. Anyways, I fell in love with this song within the first three seconds and I haven’t stopped listening to it. It even encouraged me to start a new hobby where I “re-soundtrack” scenes from different shows and films. You can see the scene I used this song for here.
2. 13 Reasons Why-inspired YA marathon
Lane and I have been talking a lot about 13 Reasons Why lately. From the show itself to the articles and “backlash”, we really can’t get it off our minds. So in the spirit of young adult television and film, I decided to have a mini-marathon/binge on some of my favorites and pull together the similarities, recognize the differences, study the character developments of teenagers in the constructed settings of high school, and simply just appreciate the works that come out of the genre. I rewatched a series of episodes from The CW’s Riverdale, The Perks of Being a Wallflower (which I think pairs well with 13 Reasons Why), Paper Towns, Before I Fall, and Edge of Seventeen. The result: mixed emotions about being an adult, overwhelming sense of nostalgia, and an appreciation for the link between YA content and incredible music supervision.
3. Marnie Singing “Fast Car” on the Girls finale (season 6 spoilers below)
I’ve rewatched this scene a lot since the finale, and I’ve been thinking quite heavily about how perfect it was for that episode and for the series in its entirety. Tracy Chapman’s song, which debuted in 1988, is a staple for 90s music and a great car sing-along, but more importantly, it’s a song that tells a very real story about the unstable bridge between holding on to your youth and growing up. It comes on while Marnie is driving and Hannah is in the backseat with her son, Grover. Marnie turns the song on and begins to sing along but Hannah, annoyed with her doctor and her life, requests that Marnie turn it off and stop singing. Marnie continues to sing along and really tries to make it a moment between the two friends. It results in Hannah yelling and Marnie disappointed, which is something we’ve seen in the past.
The key in using this song is the relationship between the show and the song’s lyrics. “I had a feeling that I belonged. I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone” is an example of a great pairing between the characters we have left in the finale and Chapman’s hit. Marnie and Hannah have been the two characters on Girls who have had the most happen within their relationship, they’ve both been adamant about “being someone” and proving something, and they’re the two who end up together in the end. Maybe “being someone” doesn’t mean being an accomplished writer or a platinum selling musician. Maybe “being someone” means exactly what we see in the finale: a good friend, a good mother, and a good person.
It’s also really cool that Lena Dunham personally convinced Tracy Chapman to license the song to the show, which was virtually impossible for 25 years. Read more about that here.