If you were tired of all the Stranger Things pandering and wanted fresh content without complications. If you wanted something new and relaxing and something that could just kill your time, then I’m Not Okay With This might be just for you. The story is a ballad about teenage life and follows a similar trajectory of Stranger Things on different stakes. The lead is a young female and her basic characterization will make you think about Eleven.
Despite the similarities. the show navigates very different topics. While Stranger Things holds a linear chain of events, I’m Not Okay With This follows a simple arc. It relies on suspense to sell the good parts and builds on teenage adolescence very early as a form of communication. During the whole time, her character communicates with the audience as though she’s talking to her diary. She does so to update on anything crucial to the story. At the same time, she does this to channel her reactions, in ways that elevates her secrets. It’s almost completely gratifying because we are with her for every part of the journey.
I won’t say much about the issues with her relationships. The show made a point to keep transparency on this issue. While others gloss over relationship issues, this was not the case with I’m Not Okay With This. The show made relationships natural and real. Nothing felt forced and the characters felt free to express their feelings. This is one of the few shows that managed to express the complexity of dating on a more grounded level.
The show’s mysterious parts also unfolded naturally. The suspense was not sold as a crutch to prolong the episodes. Every episode felt like a natural progression of the other. Showrunners normally try to patch episodes by linking so many things that sometimes end up overwhelming the audience. You can find some scenes locked on small details that make the episodes feel dragged. This was not the case with I’m Not Okay With This. The show’s simple nature is its biggest advantage in this arena. I ended up feeling great about every episode and didn’t realize there’s only seven episodes.
This was my major gripe with the show. Even though it starts on a good note, the final three episodes have a better setup that make you realize the show could have started better. You even feel a little disappointed that the show ended on such a lot note when everything starts to gain momentum. It feels a tad rushed to end so soon.
Either way, in the hands of goodrunners, this show is set to go big if the second season manages to come through.
I'm Not Okay With This
Sydney is a teenage girl navigating the trials and tribulations of high school while dealing with the complexities of her family, her budding sexuality, and mysterious superpowers just beginning to awaken deep within her.
- New and Refreshing
- Double the internal capacity
- Slacks in-between episodes
- Slow start
- Underdeveloped characters