One of the things that I have never had done out of fear is having my Tarot cards read. Look, I may not believe in a lot of things, but I don’t fuck with spirits and fate. Nope. I don’t want to know what could or would happen to me.
As episodes go by with Pretty Smart, I start to like it more and more. I feel like these characters jump off the screen more and more. They are playing stereotypes and I get that. But I also feel like that at a certain point they are telling us to stop thinking of things a certain way and see that people are more.
Lord, I think that the Xanax I had an hour ago has gotten me feeling all introspective.
The roommates all know each other really well, and apparently Claire has a habit of loosing things. She can’t find her phone, which leads them to all look and Grant finds Solona’s tarot cards.
With the stuff that they find in the couch, I am wondering how often they look in there.
She ends up reading the cards for everyone and Chelsea’s says that the will find love soon. Now, if you’re like me, you’ve watched enough television in your life to know this is some foreshadowing shit.
But Grant is the one who takes his really serious. He’s gotten the tower card and this is all about danger.
I wish that I believed in something as strongly as Grant believes in this tarot card. He and Chelsea are off to work and with every sound, he freaks out. He truly believes that he’s in danger, even though Chelsea is doing everything that she can to convince him that it is not real.
She even tries to convince him by pressuring Solona to tell him that it’s not real. She just keeps getting more and more annoyed, but keeps her cool. Chelsea is way too hyper focused on Solona’s orange sports bra.
Which hey – it is cute. I honestly think we should all be wearing more neon. I wanna buy something bright orange, but I am on a shopping ban. Though, writing that I have to say, I am an adult and can buy whatever I want.
Nope, nope… shopping ban.
Solona ups the commitment to the tarot cards and tells Grant that it could be danger to him or people around him. She’s trying to keep calm, but she’s also not going to let Chelsea have the upper hand in this moment.
But Chelsea isn’t going to back down either.
Look, I am not a big believer in things like tarot cards either. But watching Gregg Sulkin play Grant and run around and freaking out over the possibilities of anyone getting hurt is so endearing and adorable. Gregg is actually funny, which I will be honest, I didn’t see happening. I looked at him as more of a “heartthrob” and he was there for his abs. But I know he can act. I get it. I just really hate the “dumb” stereotype that they’ve given his character.
Meanwhile, Jayden is upset because his friend invited Claire to go out with them to Laura Dern theme night. He loves Claire, he truly does. But he likes his nights out with his gay friends, without her. In his everyday life, he’s around straight people all the time and he likes the nights where he is with people who understand him on a different level.
Claire doesn’t get part of Jayden. She loves him and he loves her. But she doesn’t understand the way he is with his friends. He doesn’t want to have to explain everything to her.
And yet, rather than tell her that he doesn’t want her to go, he suck is up and takes her with.
Friendship is a two way street and you need to be able to be honest, but for these two, they are so close that they want to protect each others feelings all the time. Jayden, while ever so annoying, is also a man finding his way.
He is kinda and caring and doesn’t want to upset his friend, but when the two are paired together to reenact a Laura Dern movie scene and she goes off script, he looses it. He just wants a space where he can be himself.
His authentic self.
And feel understood.
The thing that I love about this show is the way that even though it is completely outrageous and everything seems wrong – the truth is that they find the right in each other. These characters gather strength and perseverance from each other.
And they find a piece of them that is missing through each other opening their eyes to the world around them. It goes to show you that you may not all be believing in the same thing, but you find a way to find common ground.
And you find strength in your friends.
As the day ends and you think that the tarot cards are wrong, Chelsea starts to choke and Grant is there to save her.
Look the chemistry between Grant and Chelsea is there. It’s palpable. But the thing is, I don’t like a potential sister love triangle.
That’s what gets me. If it wasn’t that he said that he was in love with Claire, it would have been a different story. But I am having a hard time rooting for them, even with all of their chemistry when I know it will cause an issue between sisters who are trying to find their way.
That I have a hard time getting behind.
- Chelsea figuring out that she likes Grant and wanting to tell him – love and hate
- Grant saying that he needs to talk to Chelsea too, makes me nervous for Chelsea
Pretty Smart is streaming now on Netflix.