OpenTV has yet another series millennials can latch on to with pride. You’re So Talented, written, directed by and starring Sam Bailey, takes place in Chicago following the life of a young actress and her millennial misshaps.
Bea is the one artsy friend we all have in our lives, struggling to make ends meet but still happy being able to do what she loves. After losing her boyfriend and an acting gig in the same day, she feels as though the world is out to get her and the dreams she had always hoped for, just won’t happen. Beautiful scene arrangements and natural dialogue give the series an authentic touch. A shower curtain between Bea and her friend Jesse in the bathroom as they speak in the first episode provides a extra kick to the isolation Bea to feels during her sulking spree. In the scene Jesse tries to console her and remind Bea that it’s all a part of the universe’s plan when Bea replies by saying “Fuck the universe”.
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Without her mother around, her older sister continually harasses her about her future, as would any older sibling. That familal pressure surrounds her in every other episode. Her parents aren’t presented at all in the first season, foreshadowing the independence everyone goes through after leaving the nest in their twenties. Bea is a character minorities can invest in, from uncomfortable altercations with non-minorities and people outside of her generations, the situations she gets thrown in to all seem to be of her doing. Self-destruction plays a role in her life especially when it comes to men.
She finds herself in the arms of a poet, who isn’t looking for anything serious like most artsy men. The acting skill of Sam Bailey is not all the way professional, however the way she reacts to things with a natural awkwardness, such as every encounter with her sister, make up for it. All in all, this series is one to remember with its honest comedy and loving characters.
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