I finished Girl Boss the other day and immediately knew I had to put my two cents in. I started this show on a whim as I procrastinated for finals. I had no idea it was based on a book or even that it was a “true” account of Sophia Amoruso’s life (until about the second episode when I Googled. What can I say…I am not up to date sometimes.) I binged the entire series pretty quickly. I have a lot of mixed feelings.
What I liked: The thing I liked most about this TV series without a doubt was the music. Almost every episode I had my Shazam app out trying to find out the titles of the songs. A few of my favorites were Float On (cover) by Gwen Harris, I’ll Come Crashing by A Giant Dog, and Gold Lion by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. If nothing else, I recommend watching the series because there are some killer jams.
I also loved the fashion in the show. I mean, duh, because it’s kind of the point but still worth mentioning. The thrifty pieces and ensembles Sophia creates are quite inspiring.
Sophia’s rag to riches story was also something I enjoyed. It was inspiring to see a twenty something had literately no idea what she is doing come into herself. In many ways, I found myself relating to Sophia as a “regular girl.” She’s the girl with a shitty car, eating leftover pizza from last week, and digging through the couch cushions for spare change. Haven’t we all been there? (No? Just me? Ok.)
It was an “easy” show to watch that had great binge-ability. Let me explain in case that made no sense. The show is about a twenty-something trying to navigate her way through starting a business and ultimately a career. This isn’t Game of Thrones or Grey’s Anatomy. You can successfully binge watch all thirteen episodes without being bogged down but the sheer emotional weight of the season, because to be honest, while there are emotional moments, this season isn’t going to get you deep in your feels like other shows might. I guess this could actually be a part of what I didn’t like as well. It depends on what kinda show you’re in the mood for, I suppose.
What I didn’t like: The characters felt so childish and immature after awhile. Perhaps it’s because I binge watched it that I found myself getting so fed up but after a few episodes I wanted to shake some of them. (No spoilers, I swear!) The way Sophia treated others after awhile just made me mad. She acts incredibly selfish at times and it annoyed me. I mean, I understand being twenty something is still relatively young, but Sophia is adult enough to be a little more grown up. Some of her theft and just in general petty behavior got to be too much after awhile (see Sophia ep 1, her behavior at her job was so disrespectful I couldn’t handle it.) While she did have growth throughout the season, her personality still carried through and it got annoying.
The secondary characters were also annoying at times or just kind of boring. There was no one in this season where I thought “oh my god they are hilarious” or “what an amazing character.” Everyone felt like someone you had seen before or a caricature of a person you’d met in real life.
Some of the writing was a bit bothersome. Some of the situations were just so unrealistic and to be honest, felt cliche and unoriginal. There weren’t a lot of totally refreshing moments in the season. It kind of felt like something someone wrote who wasn’t a millennial, trying to depict how millennials actually feel/think. It feels like the almost complete cliched version you can think of about millennials (the “me me me” generation as we are sometimes referred). The writing didn’t blow me away.
Overall, I would say try GirlBoss if you’re in the mood for some “girl power” or are looking for a relatively light hearted show with some kickass music and fashion. But, if you’re looking for a more original series with depth, I’d say skip this one (if it gets renewed for a second season, I probably will).