Post by Brian Melanson on Jul 9, 2015 22:00:50 GMT -6
Jack I'm so happy that you edit my episodes for me and stick along for the journey, but still take the time to review them. So lets get to this mate!
Maureen is and always will be a personal favorite of mine to write.I knew when I created this teacher I wanted her to be apart of the students lives in a huge way. So having Maureen be that supportive teacher but at the same time hold her own as a character is something I love to do. As for the parallels, I never really see it as that. But It's interesting to see from someone elses POV that they are really the same in their own ways.
I definitely agree with Chris and Brady in that it was nice to explore secondary characters, and especially dig deep into the teacher side of things. Personally, I view the two main characters as Hayley and Maureen, because they often parallel each other and doesn't seem so much to be a supporting character to Hayley's journey, so much as they're following a similar path.
I probably already explained this but I'll just do the condensed version of it. With Hayley, she wants to Math Club. Blah blah blah. Maureen wants her to Drama and takes the slower approach with it, but with Riley. She doesn't take shortcuts. She will hit you with the god honest truth, no matter if it hurts your feelings or not. She will go against you to bring out the best of you. And I think she sees something in Hayley that Hayley has yet to notice. So it's nice to play with that.
It was interesting to me how their contrasting personalities managed to work in guiding Hayley in the right direction, and both scenes -- where Maureen gives the flyer over, and Riley egging Hayley on to prove how much she doesn't want to be "That Youtube Girl" -- really worked in piecing Hayley's world together, and really secured her into the position we were all expecting her to be in. So the journey getting her from A to B was a lot of fun to read, and I liked that it took a supportive teacher, and a rather selfish, "bad girl" (as Chris put it) to do that.
I loved this plot. I was a bit nervous to do it so early one, seeing as how it was still so early in the season. But I thought it would be a fun way to introduce the teachers and show how these students do under pressure *cue Queen*. But I did love Nellie's little scene. I knew from the start she would be the Know It All, but I did want her to be a HUGE part of The Barbie Dolls. So I think showing that you can pretty and smart was a fun trait for Nellie. And it was still a bit of a plot hole, which I just realized, that Nellie went and asked Hayley for help. But oh well. But yeah, I think this "Same Day" test thing worked out. I got the idea from my Junior year I think, and I remember how stressed everyone was and it was just funny. Funny in a sense of "Oh god why us!!??"
Moving on, the other big storyline of this episode revolved around all the students having tests on the same day. This called for examining how these students tackle school, and it was really fun to see their different perceptions on the situation, and their varying levels of dealing with exams. I mean, Hayley strikes me as the type of girl who is very passionate about getting good grades, and studying hard, and trying her best, but never quite seems to get the results she wants. Fiona is adorably oblivious to how important getting good grades is for her, specifically, which was a nice touch when she realised that she could be taken back to Australia. Danny doesn't seem to take it too seriously, and then you have Nellie who was a personal favourite within this storyline because she makes a point of being one of the prettiest girls in the school who just also happens to be one of the smartest. You don't have to be one or the other, and I liked that touch you had in there.
Hayley and Will are that story I never expected to start this early. I honestly was going to have it be a REAL long slow build that would take years. But then seeing at how this would add conflict to the story in a fun way, I changed those plans. And having Will/Katerina together is just funny because it's just so high school (lol) The Mean Girl with the Quarterback. In the next episode though, I really put Hayley and Will to the forefront and see how their relationship could be explored. Can they be friends or can they be more? And like I said before with Chris and Brady, its a nice slow burn with a pay off in true comedy.
Lastly, this episode explored a romantic development between Hayley and Will. I like how their first encounter has him realise he knows her from somewhere, and she automatically assumes its from YouTube and runs away -- only for us to learn that they share a class together. It kind of adds something new to their dynamic almost immediately, and I like that purely because its new, and different to her other encounters with students in the show. I don't really see this crush as coming out of the blue. I thought that was a weird thing to take away from the episode, considering the only interaction we had with Will and Hayley in the pilot was her seeing him with Katerina. I feel like this episode cleared up why she was so disgusted at the coupling, rather than went against what the pilot established? Anyway, I think it's kind of got a cliche vibe to the pair where the hot guy is with the worst girl in the world, and then there's this awkward, lil' chick who thinks she'll never have a chance, and he's nice to her and what have you... but I'm still excited to see where it goes.
I do 100% agree that this isn't really like Hayley. When I was writing this episode, I know I still trying to find my footing with the show and see where I could go with it. So I think I tried out making Hayley kind off be a bit mean would work (I don't remember my thought process honestly) or maybe I just thought it would be funny. I can say that it does change. Hayley and her friends work together and while there are still those "what the hell" moments, it's not as crazy as the one in this episode, where she's calling them stupid.
The only problem I had with this episode was the way Hayley talks about her friends. It's just something that makes me cringe a little because her friends all seem lovely to me, and instead of enjoying their quirks, she always seems to look at them funny for saying something or doing something that she perceives as "dumb." It's something you start to notice in sitcoms or comedies where friends are always digging into each other and don't seem to find the other one funny so much as annoying, and you're questioning why they're even friends in the first place. I'd like it if Hayley wasn't so *reaction shot of confusion and what the hell* in regards to her friends, and didn't say stuff like "I love them but they're dumb" in cut-away talking head shots, and seemed more like she legitimately cares about them and loves them, quirks and all. That's something I love so much about Danny/Hayley is that you can feel how close they are and how much they care about each other as friends, and it doesn't really translate to Hayley and her other friends, and so its a quality about Hayley that I hope she works on as the series progresses.
Okay, Indiana Malone....(get it?? cause Indiana Jones? But it's Indiana Malone??? he ran away from a ball???) BUT THANKS FOR THE REVIEW!!
Excited for the future of 101, man. The ball has officially started rolling (no puns please).