**This was supposed to be posted on Friday, but I was unexpectedly and unhappily without internet all weekend so it’s Freaky Monday instead. The Friday schedule will be in effect though for part 2 and beyond.
Just as a general FYI, on the off chance that there are people who are actually watching the show for the first time along with the posts, I won’t be spoiling future storylines here. You can do so in the comments, just remember to put a big ‘ol SPOILER ALERT warning first. Cool? Cool.
High school, you guys. I think most people would agree that Charles Dickens’ opening line from ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ just about covers it: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I can’t think of a time in my life that was filled with so much emotional intensity, drama, mortification, vomit, bad hair and awkward sexual experiences, and yet…it was also one of the best times of my life, and a period I look back on with both intense nostalgia and an almost crazy desire to relive it. My biggest fantasy in life, I swear, is not getting horizontal with Timothy Olyphant (that’s a close second, though) – it’s that I wake up one morning in like a ’17 Again’ type situation, and have to relive high school with my current brain. But since none of the ancient Indian artifacts I’ve wished on at the stroke of midnight have worked, the next best thing is to live vicariously through television. So, it’s no wonder that I love, love, LOVE Freaks and Geeks.
There have been many, MANY shows about high school over the years, but there have been very few that actually got it right. I loved 90210 and Dawson’s Creek like everyone else, but they were more like you wanted high school to be (Drama! Shopping! Endless stream of reciprocating love interests! BMWs!), rather than how it really was. The only shows that felt authentic to me were FnG, The Wonder Years and My So-Called Life (this totally has to be another DVD Rewatch project, right?) – if I’m forgetting any, please don’t hesitate to yell at me in the comments, but no others come to mind.
I didn’t watch FnG for the first time until I had been out of high school for almost ten years (I missed it when it was on tv) and it was kind of a shock, how visceral the experience felt. I felt like I remembered having those same conversations, laughing at the same things, making the same mistakes as the kids at McKinley High – it was love at first watch.
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