Shrill: Season 1, Episode 6 “Troll” [Season Finale] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Annie talking to Amadi.
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In the season finale, Annie meets her troll, Vera has a bit of a breakdown, Fran and Annie have a fight and so much more.


Network
Hulu
Director(s) Shaka King
Writer(s) Craig DiGregorio
Air Date 3/15/2019

You And Him Aren’t That Different: Annie, Fran, Ryan

Annie knows Ryan probably isn’t on her level. Yet, with her committed to dating him, she wants Fran to lay off, but that isn’t going to happen. So, to try to push some form of empathy, she compares Fran to Ryan since they have commitment issues, among other things. As you can imagine, this pisses Fran off to the point she doesn’t talk to Annie and ignores her calls.

Burning Bridges With Minimal Ability To Swim: Gabe, Annie, Amadi, Vera

Gabe, after feeling vilified by Annie’s viral posts decides to post a rebuttal. One which attacks her, and other fat people, and leads to Annie calling him out. This back and forth gets heated to the point Annie just quits and asks Amadi to come with her since she got a hit on where her troll is.

This leads to a few different things. The first is a visit to Vera, who is smoking weed, seemingly in her feelings for she realizes she is becoming like her emotionally abusive mom, and so she heads to Vancouver for no rhyme or reason. Following that, on Annie’s wild goose chase, Amadi is forced to realize that Annie is not the kind of friend he needs considering he has his own stuff going on with his wife Cindy, and their children. Thus leaving Annie alone to confront her troll.

Awesome: Annie

Annie flipping out on her troll.

So, Annie confronts her stalker, and he is someone who, well fits that mold of a troll people believe someone is. You know, how people troll and hate on those who have the confidence they don’t. Leading to what becomes a strangely amicable exchange, to a point, until Annie rejects them and he flips out. Leading to Annie busting a window out of his car to leave the season on some form of an exclamation point.

On The Fence

That’s It?

Don’t get me wrong, Annie quitting her job, her mom heading off to Canada, and telling off her troll are highlights but with it not being clear if and when a second season may happen, this all seems anti-climatic. Pushing the idea the show may not have been so much about story as much as it was about representing people who look like Annie and having a message for them and their hates.


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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 4 “Pool”Annie finds herself taking on her insecurities, even Gabe, after going to an inclusive pool party.
Director(s) Shaka King
Writer(s) Samantha Irby
Air Date 3/15/2019
  • Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right: Lamar, Fran, Annie, Ryan
  • Paradise: Annie
  • Do You Hear Yourself Right Now?: Vera, Gabe, Annie
Season 1, Episode 5 “Article”Annie hits another post out of the park, but the fallout from her article may unravel many relationships she has built.
Director(s) Gillian Robespierre
Writer(s) Sudi Green
Air Date 3/15/2019
  • Who Works For Who?: Gabe, Annie, Amadi
  • Bullies & Trolls: Annie, Vera, Bill
  • One Step Forward & Two Steps Back: Annie, Fran, Ryan
Season 1, Episode 6 “Troll” [Season Finale]In the season finale, Annie meets her troll, Vera has a bit of a breakdown, Fran and Annie have a fight and so much more.
Director(s) Shaka King
Writer(s) Craig DiGregorio
Air Date 3/15/2019
  • You And Him Aren’t That Different: Annie, Fran, Ryan
  • Burning Bridges With Minimal Ability To Swim: Gabe, Annie, Amadi, Vera
  • Awesome: Annie
Season 1, Episode 3 “Pencil”Ryan is given a chance to really step up, show he is boyfriend material, as Fran’s brother Lamar shows up and brings up something done in the past.
Director(s) Andy DeYoung
Writer(s) Dave King
Air Date 3/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
Bill Daniel Stern
Lamar Akemnji Ndifornyen
Cindy Leslie Grossman
Kayla Esther Povitsky
Amadi Ian Owens
  • Things Were Going Good: Vera, Bill, Gabe, Annie, Fran, Lamar, Ryan
  • You Aren’t The Only One: Kayla, Cindy, Amadi, Ryan, Annie
  • The Best Way To Get Over Someone: Lamar, Annie
Season 1, Episode 2 “Date”While Annie gets to celebrate her first published article, things get kind of weird with Ryan. Actually, very weird as he attempts to do a 180 on their relationship.
Director(s) Carrie Brownstein
Writer(s) Aidy Bryant, Alexandra Rushfield, Lindy West
Air Date 3/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
Janelle Gretchen Corbett
  • The Bigger, The Better: Annie, Gabe
  • New Attitude: Annie, Vera
  • Second Chances: Annie, Fran, Gabe, Ryan, Janelle
Season 1, Episode 1 “Annie”While diversity has come in the form of different skin tones, ethnicities and sexualities coming to the forefront, Shrill breaks ground.
Network
Hulu
Creator Aidy Bryant, Alexandra Rushfield, Lindy West
Director(s) Jesse Peretz
Writer(s) Aidy Bryant, Alexandra Rushfield, Lindy West
Air Date 3/15/2019
Genre(s) Comedy, Drama
Good If You Like Stories About Growth

Perspectives Rarely Focused On

Isn’t For You If You Fatphobic
Introduced This Episode
Annie Aidy Bryant
Gabe John Cameron Mitchell
Ryan Luka Jones
Fran Lolly Adefope
Vera Julia Sweeney

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