Euphoria ends its first season with a visually stunning finale but is it for everyone?

Its finale was closed with Zendaya performing a song ridldled with symbolism with choir-like singers wearing red jumpsuits and sparkling eye paints. Characters like Lexi, Fez and Nate were not written to have resolutions to hold audience down for the next season. I would appreciate it if the creator got more diverse writers to work on the next season so as to ensure that all the characters are bringing enough to the table. With complex characters like Nate’s father (Eric Dane) and Maddy (Alexa Demie) whose story arcs opened interesting turns of event this season, I expect more from them in the coming season.

Rue and Jules need to figure out a better way to communicate about their feelings next season before I let out yet another scream. The only character that I was scared for was Kat because I felt she was moving towards a dangerous path with the decisions she was making about her sexuality and how she chooses to exert it, however I realized she needed to go through all that to see how exhausting it can be to place sex on a high pedestal especially when it is affecting your self-esteem.

For eight weeks, I have dedicated my Mondays for Euphoria. That one hour of starring at my phone screen and watching these new and familiar faces tell me a story of depression, anxiety and angst in a different perspective. The beauty of art is that it can be imitated over and over again, the work of art that remain iconic are those who find an original way to tell a common story. This made me realize after watching last night’s finale why I enjoy this series so much – it is not for its story, it is for its compelling visuals. When you see the pilot episode, you will realize you will return for the second episode not particularly because of the story (although this is arguable) but how the story is being told.

Euphoria’s found its comfort zone and for eight episodes, it was able to create its own niche. In my first article about this series, I wrote about how this series finds a subtle way to depict its heavy subject matter in a manner that can appeal to its target audience. It is one of the reasons why the series has remained relevant over the past eight weeks on twitter  we can relate to it.

As the series stretched over the weeks I decided not to write about it until the first season wrapped up. I was caught in between trying to see how it goes and trying not to be biased with my thoughts. Although it is impossible to remain neutral about a subject matter; it is every writer’s Achilles heel. This is why I have to conclude after watching the entire season of Euphoria that it is a visually stunning series that touches on important issues affect young adults; however it is not a series for everyone.

Read my first article about Euphoria-> EUPHORIA RECAP – HBO’s NEWEST SERIES STARRING ZENDAYA BEGINS MY JOURNEY TOWARDS TV WRITING

After a few trip through the internet I discovered the creator of the show Sam Levinson who is not interested in following the rules. His dreamy approach towards storytelling captivated me right from the beginning, I realized after watching the first episode that the creator was heavily influenced by a unique approach towards depicting addiction in motion picture. In one sentence – euphoria is theperspective of teenagers with short attention span. This is why each scene is linked to the next; the story is not held together by dialogues but instead with visuals. It is why I was able to understand Jules’ and Rue’s love language. Have you ever thought about seeing a movie with few dialogues or monologues where the characters communicate with the entirety of their bodies (insert every Barry Jenkin’s movie)? That way you will feel like you know them on a different level because you can see right through their eyes?

For someone like me (and few of my friends) who searches through hundreds of movies and TV series just to find few one that speak to our souls, whether through the story, or the cinematography or even the fucking soundtrack, I would find Euphoria fascinating. It reminds me of the beauty in filmmaking and why I fell in love with American’s method of visual storytelling in the first place. 

 

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