Rinzy Reviews ‘Euphoria’ Season One (2019)

Network: HBO

First episode aired: June 16

Starring: Zendaya, Elordi Jacobs, Hunter Schafer, Sydney Sweeney, Eric Dane, et al.


Euphoria is the most realistic teen show you’ll find on air at the moment. The way it handles mature themes is most certainly commendable. Unlike idealistic beliefs, high school kids experiment – they have sex, they do drugs, and they consume large quantities of alcohol even though it’s illegal. Euphoria does its best to tell a realistic story around these themes without romanticizing the idea or making light the struggles of real life people.

Zendaya as Rue is one very interesting character. Her struggle with drug addiction is quite relatable. Actually, most of the characters actually are relatable. In Euphoria, we see teenagers struggling daily to cope with teenage stuff, and sometimes adults secrets – like with Nate Jacobs.

Euphoria‘s season finale left me with mixed feelings. To put it simply, I expected more, but seems the show’s more concerned with setting things up for future season than laying most of its cards on the time, which may be fine for most people, but not me (for some weird reason).

Nate (Elordi Jacobs) is depicted as a character struggling with demons inherited from his father’s secret. He’s let these demons define him for so long, that he’s obviously lost his way, and would do anything to maintain status quo. I wanted him dead by the season finale for what he did to my Fezco, but that didn’t happen, which is both good and bad . That I hate the character so much is testimony that he’s a good one and that the actor and writers have done a great job. I’ll like to see him pay for his sins; poor upbringing isn’t an excuse for bad behavior.

The acting in the show is phenomenal; the casting is perfect. The characters are intriguing, and their personal journeys fascinating. Zendaya does some of her best work yet here. She’s got a way of making you root for Rue to get her way even though you know she desperately needs helps with her addiction. Rue and Jules (Hunter Schafer) have a lot to talk about next season; I hope their fairytale love survives the bomb of the former leaving. And talking about bomb, Maddie has a weapon of mass destruction in her possession, Nate’s dad really should be scared.

This season was a good one, and I’m glad I got to see it. The cinematography bringing, costume, and make up constantly translating what the characters are feeling onto the screen is commendable, and one of the reasons I just can’t get enough of the show. Although I’m not really happy with the season finale, I’m still excited for the future, and the many ways the show can progress. Great job as always, HBO.


Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

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