Why You Desperately Need to Start Watching Euphoria, Like, Right Now

By: Malak Atwa

Since summer is – unfortunately – almost over and school is just around the corner, for some people that might mean: enjoying the last couple of weeks basking in the sun with the sounds of the waves crashing behind them and the ultraviolet rays from the sun completely burning them to a crisp, but for me this means trying to binge watch as many shows as humanly possible because god knows when school starts  I’ll be drowning in assignments and deadlines and barely have enough time to take a shower let alone watch an entire show. And, a show that I’ve really been enjoying – that I would have watched all of in one sitting if it weren’t to my crappy wifi – is Euphoria. Should you watch it? Is it worth it? Does it live up to the hype? Well, you are about to find out:

If I’m being frank, it’s very hard for me to look away from anything, meaning: scenes that would normally be “triggering” or “difficult to watch” to some would rarely ever affect me, but while watching Euphoria I do have to admit that it did get progressively more and more difficult to keep up with to the point where I legitimately needed to take breaks in between episodes just because it was so – I literally can’t even find a word to describe it. It’s definitely unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, to say the least. As you continue to watch it the plot thickens and becomes more and more intense and somewhat gruesome or dark. 

The whole show basically follows Zendaya – or Rue Bennett, who is a drug addict – from a young age – and her story to recovery and becoming clean. It shows how a bunch of typical high school stereotypes, that are very different from one another, deal with and/or navigate their way in this world with various sorts of violence and abuse. Euphoria pretty much has it all, from bullying to slut shaming and body shaming, to sexual abuse, to mental illnesses and lonliness and neglect. Everything. I feel like I have discovered so many things not only about myself but about the world that I am living in solely from watching just the first episode. 

This show isn’t just about a drug addiction, it is much more than that. The world that is presented in Euphoria is pretty terrifying. From the active shooter drills, violent internet porn and revenge porn. This isn’t because they made poor choices – even though they did, but that’s not the point – it’s because the world that we live in today is freaking scary. It’s dangerous, it’s violent, it’s not the same as it used to be – socially and environmentally speaking. Of course teenagers will want to drink and use drugs to escape the reality of it all. Teenagers have become hopeless and that’s not because we just are, it’s because that’s what’s presented to us and luckily Euphoria catered to that and presented it in a way that is unforgettable. 

The show may seem quite intimidating at first with its explicit exterior, but things aren’t what they always appear to be. Euphoria has a “ tender core”. Like most cliches – which Euphoria is anything but – Rue falls in love with the mysterious new girl who becomes her best friend very fast, probably even too fast, Jules. Jules is one of the main reasons behind Rue wanting to get clean. I can’t even imagine how it must’ve been like for her to manage all the trauma, drama, love, friendship, sex, social media and all the highschool bullshit. Even though Rue does have her moments, she is without a doubt, the strongest female character to ever exist.

Euphoria is brutally honest, yet somehow empathetic and of course not to mention absolutely visually and aesthetically gorgeous. Not only does it have a captivating and illuminating plot, and incredible plot twists, but it also has some of the best and most unique makeup looks I have ever seen under the sun. It is truly beyond beautiful. So, to answer my previous questions: Should you watch it? Abso-freakin-lutely. Is it worth it? Hell yes. Does it live up to the hype? No, it is way beyond it. It truly is Euphoria. 

*mic drop*

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