Welcome to Queer Fudanshi. Let’s Talk. In this post we’re going to talk about Brown Girls Episodes 1-4.
Brown Girls is an American web series. The official premise goes:
‘Brown Girls’ is an intimate story of the lives of two young women of color. Leila is a South Asian-American writer just now owning her queerness. Patricia is a sex-positive Black-American musician who is struggling to commit to anything: job, art and relationships. While the two women come from completely different backgrounds, their friendship is ultimately what they lean on to get through the messiness of their mid-twenties.
My Thoughts Before Watching:
I really enjoyed watching the first four episodes of this series, so I’m ready to just dive in and watch the last three episodes. I wonder what will happen.
This is Brown Girls Episodes 5-7.
Where to Watch:
The Talk (Non-Spoilers):
This series is perfect. I have no faults with it. The conversations are so real that I sometimes think they’re improvised, the sets and design somehow come off as artistically messy, the characters are colorful and dynamic, and the story as a whole is simple and enjoyable.
Watch it. That’s all I have to say.
The Talk (Spoilers):
Again, this show is so interesting that I just get wrapped up in watching it and end up not taking any notes.
The real take away from this episode is that Patricia is a terrible employee but a great character. She doesn’t pull punches and that make for a lot of fun drama to watch. I’ve very used to seeing characters in similar situations try to pretend like nothings wrong and confront the boy later. But not Patricia. She wouldn’t even hide it on her face.
Honestly, I felt like the dude Jason deserved every bit of sarcasm and spice she was throwing at him. Yeah, at first Pat couldn’t get “Wtf?” off her face, but eventually she was like whatever. Then Jason had to dig his own grave and act like a jackass. He deserved to get burned.
The one person who didn’t though was Vanessa. I like that the camera followed her on her car ride home. At that point, it wasn’t only just about Patricia. It was then about both girls getting heartbroken and both girls being played with. I appreciate the show showing that similarity and solidarity that the characters, and I, never considered.
I love the setup of the props and scenes. The couch scene looked picturesque and the diner scene looked colorful and popped.
Somehow when you’re looking at it through a camera, a messy dining table can look like an hipstery, eclectic setting. Maybe the production team too the time to give the scene that effect, maybe I’m seeing too far into it. Who knows.
As for the conversations in this show, I really like it. They talk like I do with friends. This entire episode was all about the dialogue, but it didn’t feel as heavy as stories like Blue is the Warmest Color.
Overall, this was a nice episode. It was fun, it was representative, it was true, and it was beautiful.
Lela and Miranda have been all over the place in not only Brown Girls episodes 5-7, but the whole web series overall. I haven’t like couples like them before. (A certain couple in Entangled With You rings a bell).
That said, maybe all of that shaky relationship drama will make their happy romance that much sweeter. Certainly, the way they made up was deep and romantic. The “she isn’t me,” and “no, she isn’t,” lines were especially powerful. (That poor girl up who’s about to get dumped).
As for Patricia, I feel for her. As someone who’s also just getting on his feet as an artist, I understand the hesitation with being creative. Heck, I’m still dragging my feet on that Harry Potter Play fan fiction I promised (no, I haven’t forgotten). Because of that, I appreciated how her story ended with a “what now?”
Is this series coming back? ‘Cause I need more. I loved the realness that came off of this show. It felt a lot like they were just improvising because the conversations felt so fluid. Plus, these episodes were produce with high creativity and quality. The sets looked interesting, the camerawork was as fluid as the conversations, and the story was interesting.
I want more.