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Quarterlife Show Premiere Is Disappointing

Quarterlife . . . May Not Have a Life

Look, I'm great at suspending my disbelief for TV shows — I am an avid Lost viewer, after all. But the portrayal of the Internet and blogging in new show Quarterlife is just too much.

I was so excited when I heard that this show (which I'd never watched on MySpaceTV before) would feature the main character as a blogger — a lot of people have personal blogs nowadays, and I was hoping the show could explore the impact of a female blogger who blogs about her friends and personal life. Sadly, the show opens with the terrible line "Why do we blog? We blog to exist." Really?! What does that even mean? Dylan Krieger — the main character and blogger — has a MacBook. Our similarities end there.

For what I think about Dylan and the hilarious Internet portrayal,


Dylan is a self-absorbed, insecure voyeur who watched one too many episodes of My So-Called Life as a teenager and now suffers from tortured artist syndrome. Not a starving artist, of course, because Dylan is obviously a college grad from a nice, rich suburb. Her problems are as annoying as she is: She's upset that, as a recent graduate who's landed an amazing job as an editorial associate at a magazine, one of the ideas she spouted off in a (very common) moment of self-righteousness has been stolen by another employee. Dylan also suffers from "I'm a writer" syndrome (you know, where she can't stop saying it aloud so everyone knows how much better than them she is) and the illness in which one is convinced other people are not worthwhile unless they're artists.

Now, let's discuss the blogging. Dylan uses a MySpace-like profile on the not-so-fictional Quarterlife social network (which they dismiss as being "in beta," like that matters anymore). From her profile, she takes a video of herself and makes a video blog. I hate the word "vlog," but was anyone else annoyed that they never brought the term up? It also killed me when they said things like, "Are you upset that I blogged you?" At one point, one character says "You have my face all over the frickin' net!" Since when is it called the 'net? Since that Sandra Bullock movie came out?

And what about this weird importance they seem to place on blogging? All of Dylan's friends are very impressed that she has a blog on a social network site at a time when everyone and their mother has a personal blog. They are also very upset that she's saying personal things about them on her "blog" — what, do they think she's getting picked up on digg?

This show has tons of cred — as far as TV goes, Buzz reported that these are the producers of My So-Called Life (and the writing team includes Devon Gummersall, aka Brian Krakow), and as far as geekery goes (Macs and Final Cut Pro, oh my!), this show should have been a shoe-in to my TiVo schedule. Bitsie Tulloch, who plays Dylan, was even a cast member on Internet sensation lonelygirl15!

I'm really disappointed with this first episode, but I'm no quitter. I also remember the terrible pilots of some of my other favorite shows, so I'll give this a chance to find itself. And hopefully the writers will find themselves in front of a browser in 2008, figuring out "the 'net" for today's audience.

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1stharbinger 1stharbinger 9 years
I love this show. I've been watching it for weeks online. So, I'm gonna step up and defend it. First off for all of you who say "I missed it" - go to where you can watch all the episodes up to now. NBC didn't create it or have a role in it. It's been around for ages. the "net"- I say it like that. My friends say it like that. There's no need to turn into internet snobs. "vlog"- If you don't like it why would you be annoyed she didn't use it? And the blogging thing is just an intro into the characters, it divulges from that really quickly. Anyway, it's a fun show, 10 minutes twice a week are perfect bite sized portions, and I love it. nuff said
Food Food 9 years
i almost sad that i missed what sounds like an awful bit of television. great review though!
Jerry-Steakhouse Jerry-Steakhouse 9 years
I heard that NBC bought this pilot at a novelty shop.
luckyEmmie luckyEmmie 9 years
I watched the first few minutes when it was on MySpace, and I couldn't even watch it to the end. You've pretty much covered all my reasons why: it's lame and completely out of touch. as someone in the thick of her quarterlife crisis, i have no problem with her blogging, just make it seem REAL, for heaven's sake. it seems as though the MSCL/Thirtysomething folks are still stuck in the '90s (and I remain to this day a devoted MSCL fan). Just not worth watching people try and fail miserably to represent my life.
hayworthgilda hayworthgilda 9 years
you did put it perfectly, melyshka. and if you're a total glutton for punishment as I can watch Marshall Herskovitz talk to (oily NBC Chairman!) Ben Silverman about the show. It's the saddest interview ever -- the NBC guy keeps talking about "new media" and "social network" and clanging all his corporate buzzwords around, while tired Herskovitz is clearly sadly resigned to having to jump through the hoops of an idiot 30 yrs his junior.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
I hate that "you put my face all over the frickin' Net" line so much! Does anyone, um, say "net" like that? Does anyone actually say "it's in beta"? I'll be honest, I've seen a couple of later episodes and they're a bit better (mostly because the blog stops being such a huge part of it), but I'd be surprised if very many people make it past this first one.
melyshka melyshka 9 years
thanks geeksugar! i also agree with you about her deleting her "vlog." unless the writing vastly improves, i think it's pretty much dead on arrival. the idea is interesting, but some theory isn't good in practice.
sahayra sahayra 9 years
Glad I didn't watch it. It sounds stupid.
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
The most annoying part for me is how the whole group is crushing on each other. Grrr, that can be so frustrating with shows. Sometimes I can't stand when shows do love triangles and this one is taking it to a whole other level. I can see it getting annoying already because we the audience know she's in love with her friend but ...GASP he doesn't know! Blech. Thank God for Lost!
Tech Tech 9 years
I forgot to add what a hypocrite I thought she was--at the end, she deleted her video confessing her love for her friend. Why does she get to spare herself internet embarassment, but not her friends?! Don't dish it out if you can't take it, sister!
AnnieMarie AnnieMarie 9 years
I agree with you 110%, great post! I was totally disappointed, not only with all of the reasons you listed above, but with the overall shallowness of the characters and their storylines. As someone who is dealing with being "quarterlife" right now, I think that there are much more pressing issues that having a schoolgirl crush on your roommate or having someone at work steal your idea (most of us are dealing with real things like parents getting older, careers we don't like, going back to school, etc). They seem like a bunch of good-looking, whiny, rich kids with silly problems and say things like "on the net" and "we blog to exist". I too, will probably watch the show on Sunday, because there isn't much else no and I hope it gets better, but I'm not counting on it.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 9 years
this show was awful. i thought it was a joke show.
jelibeann jelibeann 9 years
Happy to hear everyone feeling the same way I felt...I was really looking forward to this show (was a HUGE My So-Called Life fan), but was extremely uncomfortable watching Dylan desperately try to channel Angela Chase...not mention watching the rest of the cast desperately try to fumble through the awkward script. I am, however, TiVoing for Sunday :)
mnp mnp 9 years
It doesn't sound like a show I could get into either. Plus, if you're going through your Quarterlife Crisis, the last thing you would do is sit there and make a video blog about your life. I'm entering my pre-Quarterlife Crisis and I definitely don't want to isolate myself any more from the rest of the world by creating a video blog for random strangers to view.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Yeah, it doesn't sound like a show I could really get into. That's such a shame. I hate the word "vlog," but was anyone else annoyed that they never brought the term up? It also killed me when they said things like, "Are you upset that I blogged you?" At one point, one character says "You have my face all over the frickin' net!" Since when is it called the 'net? Since that Sandra Bullock movie came out? Mmhmm. These are all little things that would definitely make me roll my eyes. Out of touch with cyber-reality!
Tech Tech 9 years
Melyshka, that's the perfect, to-the-point way to put it!
melanie-RN melanie-RN 9 years
i was so disappointed in this show. I was uber excited to see it, but was seriously let down. I agree, she did watch entirely too much My So-Called Life as a teenager. These tragically hip people are not living in the real world. I may watch it again, just to give it a second chance, but I'm not having very high hopes for it,.
melyshka melyshka 9 years
this show was awful. as i said to a friend on IM last night while watching it "together," "this show was written by older people about younger people for older people."
KWM KWM 9 years
Yeah it was pretty painful to watch. I just don't understand why she would do a video blog if she is going to say such revealing things about her friends. Why actually "write" it anonymously, you know since she is a "writer" and all. Also, seriously, her friends were upset for like 2 seconds and then they got over it and she carried on. Does not seem very realistic to me. All that being said, I do already have my tivo scheduled for Sunday.
Angelica Angelica 9 years
I am going to give the show a chance, but I completely agree with you. I must admit, I was really excited she was a blogger after getting hooked on Gossip Girl, but there's no comparison. It definitely has My So Called Life energy, but the vlogging and tech references are goofy. You are right geek, "we blog to exist"?!!! Come on!
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
LOL Geek, I thought she was annoying also, her quirkiness was way over acted! I also hate the term vlog. I thought it was OK I'd like to see where it goes considering all her friends already know about it and they watch her "vlog" every day. I mean why didn't she do it a "blog". Also am I the only ones who think the characters all look like they are 30 something more than 20 something?
nancita nancita 9 years
GREAT post, geek. I wanted to watch the show but I missed it. But I must say, it sounds like it would annoy the crap outta me too.
syako syako 9 years
OMG she's a blogger?! Like, a real life blogger? That's freakin' amazing! What an interesting girl. What an interesting plot.
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