On Friday, February 26, Netflix released its new series, I Am Not Okay with This--an arrival both highly anticipated and celebrated. Viewers were met with just over two hours of content, all of which were strident in the popularized genre of teen angst mixed with a splash of the supernatural.
Overseen by the beloved creators of Stranger Things and End of the F*ing World, this show follows teenage girl, Sydney Novak, as she begins her journey in self discovery, mainly because of the strange powers she begins to exhibit.
The cast is made up of numerous familiar faces, including It (2017)’s Sophia Bryant and Wyatt Oleff. “I find it funny how Hollywood only really uses those kids from Stranger Things and It--kinda’ like ‘The Brat Pack’ from the 80’s,” says junior Alexis Kane. Kane’s statement holds true--I Am Not Okay with This is only a peek at Hollywood’s repeated use of certain child actors, but nonetheless, this doesn’t seem to harm the overall judgement of the series.
The show amassed a rotten tomato rating of 85%, solidifying it as a generally admirable watch. Senior Emily Ramirez takes a relatively accepted stance, saying, “It was pretty corny, but it was still enjoyable.” The show notably used quite a few tropes and cliches, some of which were claimed to have been far too overused. An example of such is the oddly specific “girl who claims she is completely unoriginal and lives in a small town without many friends.” Netflix’s fondness for this framework has since been the butt of many jokes and mockery.
While this cliche might seem tedious, there were surely points that subverted the expectations. Movie critic, Jen Chaney claims that, “The end certainly made up for ‘predictability’--no one could’ve expected it. Definitely mind blowing to say the least.” The series’ incorporation of a cliffhanger leaves audiences expecting a season two, but no official statement has been made for such. Nevertheless, what is arguably a worthy wait is likely to not be in vain, as it is fair to assume a sequel will be made in due time.