Modern Love‘s “Am I…? Maybe This Quiz Will Tell Me” was ridiculously cute and somehow boring at the same time. And yes, we know how contradictory that sounds. But stick with us as we explain. The leads were cute in this. Katie and Alexa felt like real people and looked like actual teenagers; which is always a plus in our books.
If anything, this episode reminded us of how scary feelings are when you’re a teenager. Some people forget how intense it really is. But not us. We remember how it felt to have all these conflicting emotions making their appearance during the worst times. And we remember the not so great decisions we made based on that.
Katie, played by Lulu Wilson, is on the cusp of discovering something grand about herself. She knows and feels it in her bones that she is different. She doesn’t care for the guy her friends think has romantic feelings towards her. What she does care about is figuring out who she is and where she fits into this world, something we can all relate to.
And it’s through quizzes, as ridiculous as that sounds, that she gets to explore what kind of person she is in this big and scary queer world aka what happens when you first dip your toes into it for the very first time. Watching Katie explore these bits of herself felt raw in a way that felt relatable and sweet.
Same thing goes for Alexa, played by Grace Edwards, the love interest of this Modern Love episode. While she shares the same giddy feelings of self discovery and the awkwardness that comes from it, her character is a little more developed and understands that she does in fact what to “kiss the girl.”
Watching Katie and Alexa come together and share their first kiss, their first miscommunication, and their first clear and concise resolution, felt honest. But maybe it’s our age rearing its ugly head, but we felt like the whole story in “Am I…? Maybe This Quiz Will Tell Me” was a bit boring and predictable.
Us feeling that way doesn’t take away from the importance of such an episode. It just goes to show you that Modern Love really is trying to hit vastly different audiences in one season. And that we can still connect with all of them in one way or another due to us understanding the human condition and the complexities that comes with it.