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A LOOK AT DARIA (1997 – 2002)

This was a good show.

I had no prior history with this show, I was feeling fatigued recently from rewatching some old Disney movies and I yearned for something pessimistic yet entertaining. The bare minimum I know of this show’s production is that it’s somewhat of a spinoff of Beavis and Butthead, which I have no interest in seeing but never say never. I ordered the entire series and I don’t regret it.

Daria is a show about the disenfranchised Daria Morgendorfer, in an average town of Lawndale that cheerily engages in the regular conventions of life. Her sister obsesses over fashion, Kevin the jock knows only football, and Principal Li is frivolous and irresponsible with the school budget, typical people with typical delusions that their lives are inoffensive, but Daria is usually nearby to inform them of the repercussions of their ways or at least dampen their enthusiasm.

This is a show in a long line of shows that are high school focused slices of life. Though unlike other shows that will reset character growth after each episode, this show has lasting arcs which honestly took me by surprise. Quinn the spoiled sister has an experience with an alcoholic, Jane Lane the best friend puts her pride aside to accept higher education to improve herself as an artist, and even Daria has an episode in which she has an existential crisis and reflects on how her behavior has been a detriment to her parent’s happiness. It shows the weaving and unraveling of relationships and how people coming and going is just unavoidable in life.

This show is well written too, it stays focused on the sort of genre it wants to be and never resorts to absurd stories in a misguided attempt to draw attention. I am eluding to my experience with the Dilbert animated show from 1999 to 2000, in its second season it strays from satire on office drama and resorts to stories out Dad abandonment and alien pregnancies with a cameo from Stone Cold Steve Austin. Dilbert was cancelled after 2 seasons, and Daria survived by staying true to itself, only resorting to one episode about rebelling holidays. Five seasons and 2 movies.

Another sign of good writing was the popularity in spite of the obvious low budget. Characters often maintain a single posture, standing erect with the occasional shrug of the shoulders to show that they are at least alive and breathing, I spotted a lot of shortcuts that animators use to compensate for lows funds. The show is far from visually busy, but that fact can be overlooked by the stockpiles of commentary on employment, college and various social clicks and social engagements. Though the show never goes out of its way to demonize anyone or anything, it acknowledges that all that glitters isn’t gold.

Often in stories about people drama I find myself skipping through or tuning out but the pacing and characters kept me regularly invested in what was going on. My only real point of contention is Tom, Tom is a character introduced in the later seasons and he is incredibly unremarkable, he has no notable flaws and is never revealed to have anything special to his character beyond have interests that align with Daria’s. He is a boring character.


5 years is a blink of an eye in the world of television, but the show lasted and ended true to itself. The ending was a bittersweet one, the show was about Daria’s High School experience and High School ended for her, leaving this feeling that there were no further stories to tell with these characters. I didn’t grow up with Daria but without a doubt it is a show with lasting substance.

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A LOOK AT DARIA (1997 – 2002)

This was a good show.

I had no prior history with this show, I was feeling fatigued recently from rewatching some old Disney movies and I yearned for something pessimistic yet entertaining. The bare minimum I know of this show’s production is that it’s somewhat of a spinoff of Beavis and Butthead, which I have no interest in seeing but never say never. I ordered the entire series and I don’t regret it.

Daria is a show about the disenfranchised Daria Morgendorfer, in an average town of Lawndale that cheerily engages in the regular conventions of life. Her sister obsesses over fashion, Kevin the jock knows only football, and Principal Li is frivolous and irresponsible with the school budget, typical people with typical delusions that their lives are inoffensive, but Daria is usually nearby to inform them of the repercussions of their ways or at least dampen their enthusiasm.

This is a show in a long line of shows that are high school focused slices of life. Though unlike other shows that will reset character growth after each episode, this show has lasting arcs which honestly took me by surprise. Quinn the spoiled sister has an experience with an alcoholic, Jane Lane the best friend puts her pride aside to accept higher education to improve herself as an artist, and even Daria has an episode in which she has an existential crisis and reflects on how her behavior has been a detriment to her parent’s happiness. It shows the weaving and unraveling of relationships and how people coming and going is just unavoidable in life.

This show is well written too, it stays focused on the sort of genre it wants to be and never resorts to absurd stories in a misguided attempt to draw attention. I am eluding to my experience with the Dilbert animated show from 1999 to 2000, in its second season it strays from satire on office drama and resorts to stories out Dad abandonment and alien pregnancies with a cameo from Stone Cold Steve Austin. Dilbert was cancelled after 2 seasons, and Daria survived by staying true to itself, only resorting to one episode about rebelling holidays. Five seasons and 2 movies.

Another sign of good writing was the popularity in spite of the obvious low budget. Characters often maintain a single posture, standing erect with the occasional shrug of the shoulders to show that they are at least alive and breathing, I spotted a lot of shortcuts that animators use to compensate for lows funds. The show is far from visually busy, but that fact can be overlooked by the stockpiles of commentary on employment, college and various social clicks and social engagements. Though the show never goes out of its way to demonize anyone or anything, it acknowledges that all that glitters isn’t gold.

Often in stories about people drama I find myself skipping through or tuning out but the pacing and characters kept me regularly invested in what was going on. My only real point of contention is Tom, Tom is a character introduced in the later seasons and he is incredibly unremarkable, he has no notable flaws and is never revealed to have anything special to his character beyond have interests that align with Daria’s. He is a boring character.


5 years is a blink of an eye in the world of television, but the show lasted and ended true to itself. The ending was a bittersweet one, the show was about Daria’s High School experience and High School ended for her, leaving this feeling that there were no further stories to tell with these characters. I didn’t grow up with Daria but without a doubt it is a show with lasting substance.

A Look at X men: Dark Phoenix

This movie is ironic.

After 20 years, 10 movies and 3 disjointed continuities, the X men’s time with Fox has come to an end. I love the X men, and I’m sad that this movie will be brushed under the rug due to the lack of care and 2 delays, because honestly this movie isn’t spectacular but as a bookend for this line of films it’s acceptable.

It’s the 90s now, and the un-aging X men in their 30s and 50s fly off into space to save a crew of astronauts in a spinning space ship from a space cloud. The space cloud gets all up in Jean, but surprise it’s a cosmic force that’s starts making Jean go bananas. Shenanigans ensue and Jennifer Lawrence finally dies.

The main point of contention I had was the story, it was gratuitously simplified. The Dark Phoenix was a story of a cosmic energy getting drunk on its indulgence of human experiences and refusing to return to its original function while spurred on by the Hellfire Club. Here we get a space cloud like Galactus in Rise of the Silver Surfer and Paralax in Green lantern, and some body snatching tree people want to control it to revive their world, which is awfully noble but for whatever reason they go about this in an oddly sinister fashion. At this point, a lack of care for a good villain is to be expected from the Fox movies, but what this movie lacks in substance it makes up for in style.

Mystique finally dies, and the oddball member of the X men who didn’t really belong but stuck around since 2011. This leaves the X men with a somewhat classic lineup of team members with Xavier, Beast, Cyclops, Storm, and Nightcrawler. In two instances, the X men get their chance to show off their powers with some style I have not seen in these X men movies before. Fast aggressive body language once reserved for Wolverine is being wielded by the lot of them, and it rocked. Well, except for Charles of course.

The writing and direction is also commendably composed and collected. The mood of scenes are allowed to play out without forced jokes and actors give some engrossing reactions to the chaos in Jean’s wake. What’s ironic about this is that Dark Phoenix is written by the same guy who wrote X3 which as I’m sure we all know jumped the shark and fell on its face.

So X men with Fox is over, we had some good times, we had some depressing times, and some of those times were The Generation X Pilot. Though we can all agree the lack of continuity was a headache, the X men got a good run. All I ask is that in 5 to 10 years when we get X men movies again, show them some respect, pick the good stories like Onslaught or Fatal Attractions and keep the obnoxious jokes to a minimum.

Good bye Fox X men.

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