Hey, you up?
We missed you guys and we have some really good excuses for our short ghosting stint. To make it up to you we are going to share our newest obsession, Skam.
Skam (which translates to Shame in English) is a Norwegian TV show about a group of teens that go to the same school and get into all sorts of angsty shenanigans. It is the new Gossip Girl, Degrassi, The O.C., 90210, Skins etc. A tale as old as time, yet Skam manages to take all the familiar ingredients and serve them up piping hot and fresh. Skam is wildly crazy throughout Scandinavia and the rights to reproduce the show were just bought to create an English version.
Let me count the ways Skam is obsession worthy. First of all, the show is experienced through a combination of platforms. Each week 6 mini scenes are released online without warning or consistency. The scenes are released "as they happen" although they are prerecorded. You can also follow instagram accounts for each character and they will post photos that go with the scenes or give you clues as to what is coming up. Obviously we have not experienced this part of the show since we've been binge watching seasons with subtitles found on Reddit, but it sounds COOL.
The authenticity of the show is impressive. The show creator spent half a year traveling around Norway interviewing teens, and it shows in the realistic plot lines and relevant issues tackled. The actors on the show are in high school, or just out of high school and each character in the show was created based on the actor. It is such a breath of fresh air to see typical teenagers doing typical teenager stuff. The range of issues tackled is impressive, important, and influential. The latest, and arguably best Season (3) follows Isak as he grapples with his sexuality, falls in love and comes out to his friends. Previous seasons have dealt with drug use, cheating, religion, rape, depression, cyber bullying to name a few.
Just do yourselves a favor and check it out by following this link.