Ever wonder what it’d be like to come across your future self? Four time-traveling newsies will experience just that in Prime Video’s upcoming series Paper Girls.
Based on the comic book series of the same name written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang, the science-fiction show follows four paper girls who are transported to the future during their paper route the morning after Halloween. The group jumps from 1988 to 2019 and, as they figure out how to get back to their own time, encounter their future selves. And all while trying to save the world from evil time-travelers.
Prime Video recently released the Paper Girls teaser trailer, and it offers drama, excitement, intrigue, and mystery in under one minute.
The teaser opens with a compelling scene featuring an undersaturated pink-ish, purple sky filled with stormy clouds and thunder rumbling. In all honesty, it’s a pretty cool-looking sight. But the four girls — Erin (Riley Lai Nelet), KJ (Fina Strazza), Mac (Sofia Rosinsky), and Tiffany (Camryn Jones) — running to look overhead, worry clearly written across their faces, is clear proof that it’s not something to be admired. It’s something of concern.
The trailer doesn’t quite highlight villainous activity or even much world-saving, so it sets up the show more as an adventure the pre-teen girls embark on — albeit unwillingly. But the included clips are compelling enough all on their own.
There are glimpses of gadgets, moments of bonding, and words of determination. The best part, though? When Erin comes across her older self (Ali Wong) in her — or maybe it’s their? — own house.
Their shared “Holy shit” really captures the essence of the entire situation they’ve found themselves in. But the closing scene where adult Erin’s disbelief is disproven when she opens the door to her younger self sporting a bloody shirt really drives home that something bad is happening without giving too much away. Let’s hope the rest of the girls’ encounters with their adult selves is as riveting.
It’s empowering and uplifting to see a series centered on a group of young girls who work together during an exhilarating adventure. I know 10-year-old me would’ve been stoked to have such a science fiction series to watch. Whether you’ve read the comics, still have yet to read them (guilty), or didn’t know they existed, it’ll be fun to see how this story comes to life on the screen.
Watch the teaser trailer for Paper Girls here:
All eight episodes of Paper Girls premiere on Prime Video on July 29.