High School. No one wants to return to high school – at least the people I know. Hell, it’s the place that I wanna avoid more than anything. I definitely want to avoid the mean girls from high school. Those bitches made my life miserable.
While I won’t ever be sold on anything having to do with high school, I am finally sold on Not Dead Yet. The show is a gem.
And the show excels because of Gina Rodriguez and Hannah Simone.
While I don’t think that I could ever have a job writing obituaries Rodriguez’s character of Nell excels at them. Her latest assignment though – her high school nemisis. Definitely not an obituary that she wants to write.
Piper Ashford is an internet celebrity. She’s part of the culture of influencers that we’re all subjected to on the daily. So with millions of Instagram followers, Nell gets a chance for the front page by writing Piper’s obituary.
While I can understand Nell’s trepidation I have to admit, I love that Lexi gives no fucks. She’s basically just like we’re moving on from that and even if you don’t like it, we’re doing it. Part of me thinks that Lexi feels threatened by Nell and then there is another part of me that thinks that she really just wants to be friends with Nell.
But I am leaning towards the threatened by.
When Nell seems hesitant to write the obituary, Lexi decides to make it a competition. Nell and Mason (the intern) will compete for the front page. While I would like to say that this is a shitty approach, I have to admit, competition can be motivating.
But what that means is that Nell’s going to have to go to Piper’s memorial. She’s at the wine bar, talking to Cricket about it, and you can tell that Nell feels somewhat put out by it. Yet, at the same time, you just know that this memorial is going to teach her something.
We live in a world where life is sometimes measured by the amount of likes and followers. Piper’s entire life is based around that concept. For Nell, she’s always thought that Piper was self centered and shallow. Listening to Piper, you know that she felt that she was admired and loved. Yet, when you have to have your funeral/memorial sponsored and the people that you considered your best friends don’t even show up.
No one even wants to speak on her behalf.
So Nell does. She does in a way that is so kind, so supportive, and shows so much growth. I have to admit that there was a part of me that cried, and a part of me that really just found inspiration in all of what Nell had to say.
What I stopped to realize is Not Dead Yet isn’t a show about obituaries, it’s a show about living your life to its fullest. It’s a show about finding joy in the moments. It’s a show about learning and growth. It’s a show about finding laughter and finding yourself.
But it’s a show that you laugh with.
Now there is more in this episode. Sam and Dennis are fun characters. I’ve said this before and I will say it again – this is Gina Rodriguez and Hannah Simone’s show. So I do love that they have storylines that make both of them shine.
Dennis is terrified of playing basketball, because of the past. He was made fun of when he was younger for missing a shot. But Sam, she’s not having this. She’s going to help him get over his aversion to sports, she says.
Now I am not one to understand this at all – immersion therapy. Like let me live in my fears and let me be.
Long story short, I felt like this was a way for us to have a glimpse into Dennis, which I did enjoy. I just haven’t really fell for the character yet and feel no connection to him at all.
So if I am supposed to – I am missing out.
- Honestly feel like we need Brittany Snow on TV more
- Cricket is my favorite friend.