Let's Discuss Daria #2"The Lost Girls"More Like This
Daria apparently had won a contest without her knowledge and the prize is that she gets to spend a day with Val, editor of teen magazine "Val". And not only that, Val, as it turns out, despite being an adult, is as self-absorbed as a teenager focused on popularity, and suffers from a serious Peter Pan complex.
This is another episode that I think is really meta, and in this case I like to think that was intentional. At its core it's taking a swing at corporations who market to teenagers by perpetuating shallow values.
But what makes this interesting is that rather than illustrate corporate suits as, well, just that, instead we have Val, who doesn't wear a suit, but teen attire.
She is undoubtedly a corporate suit in her own way. She suffers from a Peter Pan complex in that she wants to perpetually stay in touch with "the teen within", and she uses that as a means to sell her magazine.
In a real world context, no doubt this was probably written because "Daria"
Let's Discuss Daria #1The Misery ChickMore Like This
Football star Tommy Sherman returns to Lawndale High, and he is just an a**hole to everyone he comes across. But then there is a freak accident in which he gets killed, and the school doesn't know exactly how to feel about it. Many of them turn to Daria for advice because "You're gloomy. You think about dark stuff all the time." And it's not something that Daria likes.
This was another one of the Nostalgic Four for me. Again, I remember a lot of the basic plot points, but I didn't understand what exactly everyone was talking about.
Just about every fan includes this in their own Favorite Episodes list, and for very good reason.
This was the finale for the first season of "Daria". It was a good way to end the season by actually bringing up mortality, coping with death, but, above all, people generally misunderstanding Daria herself.
Before getting killed Tommy Sherman declared that Daria is "one of those Misery Chicks".
And even though Daria knew he was an a**h