Euphoria is the experience of pleasure or excitement and intense feelings of well-being and happiness.
For those who may not know of the HBO series “Euphoria,” it stars Zendaya as the lead character named Rue, who has some serious drug issues and is now forced to deal with them after an overdose. Due to the nature of the show, it is highly advised to acknowledge some of the scenes, although tastefully done, can be triggering. The series is narrated by Rue as she navigates returning home from rehab the summer before her junior year.
What makes this show so special is that most things depicted are true. So much of the things you are witnessing on screen are actual things that are going on and it's amazing to see a show like this get these conversations started about such issues and topics.
With characters so relatable, it's sickening to see so much of yourself jump off the screen even in the smallest similarities. Zendaya thrives as the drug addicted Rue as she struggles to be better for her family and catch the next high. Zendaya does an amazing job oozing authenticity within the character as there are multiple points in the show that help you understand why she is dealing with issues of drug addiction.
Aside from our main character Rue, we also have numerous likable and relatable main characters such as Jules, Fezco, Ka, Cassie and Chris Mckay.
The first episode depicts these characters in situations some may see as taboo but are extremely accurate in today's generation. One of the main characters is transgender and another wants simply explore her sexuality in a way that hasn't been shown on screen much. This show has definitely broken barriers to depict an accurate representation of the current Generation Z.
Although the story of the characters are enough to tune in, the music produced by the series' music composer Labrinth, whose original content along with the unique takes on cinematography, take the series to all new heights. With only one episode out and another on its way, this series very easily has already solidified its presence on social media as well as left many people wanting more.
With the show being on HBO, it's important to point out that it now has the opportunity to be truly authentic and as graphic as it needs to be to depict these characters and their situations in the most transparent ways. With the music being another huge component of the show, Labrinth makes sure the scenes and music organically fall into place with one another as you can see how each scene is done in such a carefully thought out way.
On top of everything else, the story that is explored in episode one drives you to want to complete the series as it shocks you; by the time you realize what's going on, you will be begging for another episode. With a wonderful cast and truly riveting storytelling, I am looking forward to where the shows goes and can't wait to see where the ride of Euphoria takes us next.
Echo Grade : A+