“Euphoria” takes the “teenage wasteland” concept to extremes, focusing on Zendaya’s Rue, a young addict, along with her equally troubled circle of friends. Beyond plenty of drug abuse, the youths are depicted in an assortment of sex acts — with peers along with adults — through the first four episodes previewed.
Many of those scenes are jarringly explicit, including as much male nudity as TV will allow. If there’s a major brand new wrinkle here, the idea’s the ubiquity of pornography, cellphones along with texting, so much in order of which the narrative unfolds under the noses of the mostly overwhelmed (when not utterly creepy) parents inside the show, who are about as effective as those inside the old Charlie Brown cartoons.
Heavily narrated by Rue in flat, exhausted tones, the show explores the various challenges raised by having overdosed, including where one obtains clean urine for a drug test, finding dealers you can trust along with the people you encounter at rehab. “Did you meet any cute guys there?” Rue will be asked.
The excesses aren’t limited to sex, with several scenes of which are disturbing along with violent. There will be even a hallucinatory dancing-on-the-ceiling sequence, although not in a way of which will remind anyone of Fred Astaire.
“Euphoria” will be raw, visceral along with sure to be controversial. The main problem will be the “why” of the idea all, various other than probing the parameters of how far the producers can push into This kind of terrain.
In of which respect, the idea’s merely the latest effort calibrated to trigger such a debate, coming from Larry Clark’s gritty movie “Kids” inside the mid-1990s to the British series “Skins” in 2007, which MTV transformed into a US product a few years later.
Compared to “Euphoria,” “Trinkets” — based on a young-adult novel by Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith — will be considerably more tame although still plenty bleak, focusing on a trio of teenage girls who meet at Shoplifter’s Anonymous.
The central character will be Elodie (Brianna Hildebrand coming from the “Deadpool” movies), who wanders through life which has a confused, surly attitude of which’s especially prevalent in TV along with movie takes on adolescence. various other than a predilection for petty theft, Elodie along with her brand new friends (Kiana Madeira, Quintessa Swindell) ostensibly don’t have much in common, although bonds form over the course of the half-hour episodes.
If there are common threads between the shows, the idea’s the sense these kids are confused along with pained, along with their parents don’t have much of a clue about what’s happening. Or to quote the song, same as the idea ever was.
“I know you’re not allowed to say the idea, although drugs are kinda cool,” Rue says in a later episode, “before they wreck your skin, along with your life.”
The saturation of troubled teens in movies along with TV isn’t quite so dramatic, although when they arrive in bunches — mucking up the environment for the best of them — the idea’s hard not to share Rue’s sense of fatigue.
“Euphoria” premieres June 16 at 10 p.m. on HBO. CNN along with HBO share parent company WarnerMedia.
“Trinkets” premieres June 14 on Netflix.