Passion Blog #3: American Vandal

Hilarious, draw-dropping, intriguing, and keeps you on the edge of your seat are only a few phrases that can describe the rollercoaster ride of watching American Vandal,  a Netflix original series that is filmed like it is a docu-series. Over the course of this eight episode season, Peter, a sophomore at Hanover High School is an aspiring documentarian and uses his talents to his advantage. He tries to prove who is guilty…or who is innocent when an act of school vandalism goes to far. Through the entirety of the show you are left wondering, who drew the paraphernalia on twenty seven of the teachers cars? You can have your own theories and assumptions on who did it, but you’ll have to watch Peter Molanado’s documentary in order to crack open the case.

If I were to rate this Netflix original series, I would give it an 8/10. Yes, I might have watched the entire series in a 48 hour period and yes, I am already hopeful for a second season but there a few things that the show could’ve done to earn those two points. The ending was more than a little disappointing because the anticipation built up through the seven episodes prior was sadly unfulfilled. It reminded me of when you are thinking all day long about a food you are going to eat when you get home just to find out that someone else ate it when you get there. Another disappointing factor in the show was how short it was. Each episode ranged from 28-36 minutes long and there were only eight episodes. I felt like there were many other theories or ideas that they could’ve touched base on that could’ve made the series longer and more intricate. They could’ve developed the characters more so you could infer more about them and understand the motive behind the culprit of the twenty seven cars they vandalized.

Although, there were plenty of other things that American Vandal did in order for them to earn those other eight points. All in all, I LOVED this show because I thought the storyline was pure magic. It reminded me of Making a Murder but a parody version. I enjoyed how seriously the vandalism was taken when the premise behind it was… childish to say the least. Trying to keep a straight face while watching a bunch of teachers and students figure out who would have a motive to draw twenty seven images of male genitalia on cars can be a tad difficult. Despite the premises of the crime, I thought the director did a great job of still keeping the serious tone when watching Peter make this viral documentary. At times, I would realize what kind of storyline I was watching and I would question why I was even still watching it. but then it became too good to care. My favorite character overall was Dylan, he was the student who was accused of the crime throughout the majority of the show. Not only was he was the funniest character but he was also the one that I felt the most sympathy for.

I hope that after reading this review, you decide to spend your weekend binge watching American Vandal (because I know I did). I think that by the end of the TV series, despite all the jokes, you learn a valuable life lesson. It makes you question how you perceive people based on the image they have obtained versus who they really are. I’ve recommended this show to all of my family and friends and I am now recommending it to you. Go watch it!


TV Review #2: Entourage

With this weeks review, I decided to choose an older TV show that no longer airs on television anymore. Does watching an interpretation of what goes on behind closed doors in the world of fame by five guys who are in way over there heads sound intriguing to you? If so, Entourage is the show that is calling your name. This comedy-drama television show depicts four guys who move from the Bronx in New York to Los Angeles, California. Vincent Chase is a big time movie star who gets by with the help of his manager/best friend, his half brother, and his driver. Eric who is also known as “E” seems to be the one out of the group with his head on his shoulders;he has everyone’s best interest in mind. Turtle is one of Vince’s friends from the Bronx and he is known as Vince’s driver, but most of the time he’s blowing money and looking for the sickest party. Drama is Vince’s step brother, he also is an actor but unfortunately he is no where near as talented and successful as Vince. These four guys take on the world of sex, fame, and drugs and find themselves into plenty of trouble along the way. Ari Gold, the fifth member of this entourage, is one of the best agents in the whole business. He takes Vince under his wing but not without a little conflict from Vince’s friends. In this pilot episode, Vince is premiering his new big hit movie that paid him over two million dollars. With this kind of money, his standards are getting higher and higher and the fame is starting to go to his head. So far, he has turned down a four million dollar movie deal without even reading the script. From the first episode, it is easy to conclude that the other three guys that moved to Los Angeles with Vince, live off of his wealth. It is also not a stretch to realize that the party scene is starting to take over their lives. Within the first fifteen minutes of the pilot episode, the “entourage” made a rational decision to fly to Vegas… just for the hell of it. In my opinion, this is the guy version of Sex and the City except with more drugs, money, and fame. Overall, I would highly recommend this show to anyone that has interest in these kinds of topics. After watching the first episode, I wanted to keep going because I liked it so much. My brothers used to have Entourage parties at our house every Sunday, when a new episode aired; they always told me how good the show was but I never took the time to watch it. Now that I have started it, I don’t think I want to ever stop. Although many might say that there is a stigma upon the show because it is meant and appeals only to guys, yet they couldn’t be more wrong. I recommend to both men and women to watch this show, you won’t be disappointed.