Netflix’s ‘Trinkets’ is the Next Best Thing since ‘My So-Called Life’
by Got It Done Gal x #Boldgirl
The story that is the hardest to tell and attempted the most is the life of a teenage girl.
Think about it: almost EVERY television show wants to tell that story: Beverly Hills 90210, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and on and on and on and on. They all fail in some way, which is truly a disservice to teenage girls themselves — and teenage boys, and parents, teachers, etc — who could really benefit from seeing their struggles reflected in a REAL way on the television screen. The only show that has ever captured this, in my opinion, is the very short-lived MTV show My So-Called Life.
As the viewer, you feel the painful embarrassments, the yearning for something or someone — the yearning for ‘something to happen to you’ — that feeling that you’re not yet alive, you’re not real. All you want is to be real. All you want is to know things and have knowledge and experience and a point of view but you’re nothing but a conduit, an empty vessel through which a million things are passing and you don’t know yet which to grab onto and hold and which to let go of. You have no sense of time. You are so impatient it burns. You can’t wait for the future to happen, to have already happened. One night is an eternity. A summer away is a death sentence. Everything is life or death, especially the ABSENCE of something that really IS life or death. The boring and the mundane are unendurable.
Sounds like Romeo and Juliet — because it is! They are so young and impatient and that is part of what is to blame for their deaths.
I feel this when I watch My So-Called Life. Not even just from the central character, Angela — from everyone; especially Ricky who has absolutely zero resources for navigating his sexuality in a safe way. I will always feel that this show is so good for our society. It’s one of the rare times we witness existential angst from a teenage girl.
RECENTLY, on a whim I decided to watch a new Netflix show Trinkets. I devoured it in one sitting. Finally, finally a painful coming-of-age show about TEENAGE GIRLS that can even begin to hold a candle to Angela Chase! You guys, I LOVED IT. You know how I knew it did its job? I felt seen. I felt heard. I felt real. I felt like, this is it — this messy, messy, joyous, devastating, unbearably banal thing — I lived that. Trinkets goes even further into territories like domestic abuse (even from a high school boyfriend), how incredibly clueless high school boys are about the female anatomy as they, at the same time, try to dominate and exploit it (but they are really just trying to imitate their fathers, this is what they think a man is), the death of a parent, the inner conflict between finding utter comfort in your home/hometown yet not being able to reconcile that with also being smart and having opportunities and also having a tough exterior and also going to meet up with your dad and he stands you up.
And, maybe most painful of all, the intense love affair that is a platonic female friendship — and leaving it, because that’s what you are ‘supposed’ to do.
In addition to the whole show being good for society, the music is AWESOME. It’s all (or mostly) women, singing for empowerment or singing of pain and letting it be pretty or letting it not be pretty — just letting it be honest.
Here’s the Five Best Music Moments from ‘Trinkets,’ as told by Netflix: