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Selfie 1.01 “Pilot”

September 27, 2014

Although this series has yet to air, it’s first episode was released online a little over a month ago.  I managed to catch it on Hulu and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The series follows social media obsessed, Eliza Dooley, played by Karen Gillan, who in the pilot episode discovers that the friends she thought she had, aren’t really her friends because they all exist within the tiny screen of her cellphone.  Social tragedy strikes her image when she learns that the guy she’s fallen for has been secretly married.  Not only that, but she learns this on an airplane that leads to her vomiting and spilling said vomit all over herself. People on the plane take to social media about this (much like in real life) and this causes Eliza to go into hiding until she meets Henry Higgs, played by John Cho.  She requests to use his expertise in rebranding in hopes that he will be able to make her more appealing to other people in the real world.

What I like about this show is that despite its exaggerations, there is definitely some truth to what its expressing.  Society is completely and utterly stuck on social media and there are several Eliza Dooleys out there who simply don’t know how to engage themselves in the real world anymore.  Even I would put myself into this category.  I’m not saying I’m as extreme as her, but something as simple as making a phone call can cause the greatest amount of anxiety within myself.  There is NO REASON why I should feel that way.  I talk to people all the time, but for whatever reason, the idea of making a phone call feels like the biggest intrusion in a world where sending a text or private message on Facebook seems so much simpler, less intrusive, and less time-consuming.

This show has a lot of potential.  There are several hilarious situations that I can think of that could come out of this premise.  Although the ending of the first episode was a little corny, I found myself looking forward to this strange duo of Eliza and Henry figuring out what it means to be a human being again.  Eliza is not the only flawed character by the way.  It’s revealed that Henry agrees to help Eliza so that he could bring her as his date to a wedding.  Looks like both of these people have some issues in the friends department, but it’ll be interesting to see how they make it throughout the rest of the season.  I’m sensing maybe a love connection by the finale.  This show at its core stands for the human connection and that is something that I deeply care about.  I think there will be a lot of epiphany moments that will directly relate to a huge audience that watches the show.  This show has heart and I think that at the end of the day, that’s why it’s on TV…oh and it’s funny.  LOL

For now, I’ll leave you with a funny scene from the Series Premiere.  For more reviews and news on Selfie stay tuned to my blog!  And you can catch all new episodes starting with the Series Premiere on Tuesday Sept. 30 at 8/7c on ABC!

P.S. HOLY GOODNESS!  I just found out Karen Gillan played Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy.  Eliza Dooley is a HUGE departure from that, so good for her!  Say NO to typecasting!

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