Trinkets: Season 1, Episode 1 “Mirror Faces” [Series Premiere] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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From what it appears, this book adaptation could become one of Netflix’s newest YA hits – if it plays its cards right.


Network
Netflix
Creator(s) Amy Andelson, Emily Meyer, Kristen “Kiwi” Smith
Director(s) Sara St. Onge
Writer(s) Amy Andelson, Emily Meyer
Air Date 6/14/2019
Genre(s) Young Adult, Drama, Comedy
Good If You Like Moody Teenagers

Kleptomaniacs

Fish Out Of Water Lead

High School Drama

Isn’t For You If You Aren’t Much For A Wallflower Lead
Introduced This Episode
Elodie Brianna Hildebrand
Doug Larry Sullivan
Spencer Parker Hall
Jenna Dana Green
Rachelle Haley Tju
Tabitha Quintessa Swindell
Moe Kiana Madeira
Brady Brandon Butler
Noah Odiseas Georgiadis

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The Introduction

After the death of her mom, Elodie finds herself moving from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Portland, Oregon. Needless to say, the move hasn’t been easy especially since now she lives with her slightly estranged father Doug, his new wife or girlfriend Jenna, and her little brother Spencer. All of which, in the pilot, seem nice, but with only seeing her dad may be a few holidays out of the year before, the living situation is awkward.

Things at school aren’t that much better. A girl named Rachelle becomes Elodie’s pity friend and isn’t afraid to say that out loud. As for alternatives? Well, Elodie doesn’t find any so she does what usually makes her feel better – shoplift. For around the time her mom died, she accidentally took some Starburst, and in feeling like she was given something during a time her mom was taken away, it lead to stealing feeling like balance.

And strangely, stealing is what leads her to gain some semblance of friends. One being Tabitha, a rich girl, whose dad has connections that make it so, after she is caught stealing, she just has to go to klepto meetings which are like AA. Elodie ends up there too, after being caught in a convenience store, as well as a girl named Moe.

Moe is a bit of an odd one. From what it appears, she and Tabitha were close when they were kids but when Moe went alternative and Tabitha preppy, it seems they split off. However, in stealing at the same store, the three girls find friendship, even if they don’t use that term just yet.

Highlights

Elodie Sits On That Border Between Being Too Brooding & Sympathetic

Elodie (Brianna Hildebrand) smiling towards Tabitha.
Elodie (Brianna Hildebrand)

Full Disclosure: While there aren’t a huge amount of productions on here of hers, we consider ourselves a Brianna Hildebrand fan. With that said, what you have to appreciate about her character Elodie is how she straddles that line of being this brooding girl who has the right to mourn her mother, and a cheaply sympathetic figure. You know, the kind which has a “Woe is me” vibe that makes scenes feel like a drag.

However, while grieving, we’re given multiple moments when Elodie seems capable of bouncing back and showing us a bit of personality. One which might be a little bit mischievous, based on her stealing, yet also mischievous in a good way. Take how she drops French fries on Tabitha’s boyfriend Brady.

The Potential Storylines of Moe & Tabitha

Speaking of Brady and Tabitha, those two seem like they will create quite an interesting storyline. When it comes to Brady, it is going to be him being abusive. If not rough in ways you can’t ignore, no matter how much Tabitha tries to set it aside. Also, when it comes to Tabitha, considering how she has a second IG account to show her interest, be it photography or life, so comes a raised eyebrow. Add in maybe being insecure about her physical features, and it leads to slight Tosh, from Five Points, vibes.

As for Moe? Being that she seems less privileged than Tabitha and Elodie, that is her draw. Granted, her being this low-key badass makes her seem generic, but they might do more with her. Something beyond a secret dating life with this boy Noah and a general attire of all Black. At least, that’s the hope.

On The Fence

It Is The Perfect Episode Length

As intrigued by this show I am, I will admit that if this was an hour, I would struggle getting past the 35th or 40th minute. Mostly because, while comedy is listed as a genre, it’s not a funny haha, or comic relief kind of comedy. There are comical moments, but most of the show is dry. Not so dry you can’t make it through a half hour, but you definitely recognize that the lead trio need one another to push you to watch this all in one sitting, or until the finale.

Trinkets First Impression: Positive (Watch This)

Perhaps the sole fear of Trinkets is whether it has longevity. While the leads have hooks, there is the question of whether they can keep you interested for hours and hour vs. this being an hour and a half movie? Yet, this is being labeled positive if only due to the hope the actors can keep this interesting for approximately 5 hours.

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