I’m fully aware that just about everyone and their grandma has already done a post on this TV series (can you even call it a series??) but I couldn’t resist writing one myself because honestly, it’s one of the greatest things I’ve seen. The reason I put off from watching it for so long is because I knew I was gonna fall in love with James a little bit (sidenote – I did) and I just wasn’t ready for that kind of emotional torment yet.
First of all – the aesthetics. Indie psychopaths with messed up parents and a hate for school? I’m in. Literally, indie psychopaths is my aesthetic, it really is. James, bless his psychopathic murderous little heart, is for sure my dream guy. The more episodes I watched, the more I fell in love with him.
As for Alyssa, she was equally as great – didn’t know what the hell she was doing and had a lot of attitude and anger in her as well as being extremely direct with people (aka me) – if I was brave enough to be that rude sometimes, she’d probably be the equivalent of me looking in the mirror.
Also, the episode timings – 20 minutes each was perfect. I watched the whole series (?) in a matter of hours and was oddly satisfied at the end even though of course, I want another season (who doesn’t). The fact it was British as well makes everything even better, this is possibly a weird thing to say but it reminds me how good it sounds when people with our accent swear. It gave me Skins vibes (also Channel 4) which is one of my favourite TV series so it was just great. Alex Lawther as an actor is incredible, he played James so well. The same for Jessica Barden, I feel like there were no two people better for the roles.
The whole thing was just great and weird and psychotic and funny which again, is very much like Skins (if you wanna hear me talk about why I love that so much click here) – the whole thing was fucked really, but you understood it anyway and I really fell in love with the characters. I also found it really humorous at points and just kind of sat there the whole time with a smirk on my face thinking wow, I so totally get this. It was great. I wanted to bundle James up into a little ball and cuddle him to death (no pun intended) but I think generally he’s turned out to be one of my favourite characters in anything ever (like I said – Alex Lawthor played him so well) though I will say, I might have to have a little Google of where it was all filmed ’cause it looked so nice and not like your average British landscape at all, not to mention all of the houses were super cool (again – aesthetics – 10/10).
If you like fucked up indie psychopaths who are obsessed with death and sex (and just love in general), watch this. Honestly, you won’t regret it and the storyline is so good, as well as the characters – Channel 4 always create the best of these things which is why they’re my favourite – typical British teen art.
Absolutely 10 / 10 and if there’s any James’ out there who fancy walking into my life anytime soon, please do – I don’t mind if you kill me.
(I’m kidding, but not really).
All my love,