A coming of age story set in today's harsh melting pot society, trying to draw the line between racism, morals, love, friendship, and secrets. Shouldn't there be several lines? Between, like love and friendship, or morals and love, or racism and secrets?
The episode guide on IMD was just as semi-literate and clichéd:
Ticoon's new found popularity has him dealing with some unwanted attention from a new friend in sheep's clothing, something he could of never have imagined but is very accepting of.
- Ok, it's wolf in sheep's clothing; the cliché doesn't work with "friend."
- Could of never have imagined? Try "could never have imagined."
- The something he is "very accepting of" must be the "unwanted attention," but how can you be accepting of something unwanted?
As Ticoon's, Virginia's and Brody's relationship blossoms so does the money, catching the eyes of the authorities, as well as straining the already tender relationship with Everett
- Does money blossom?
- A tender relationship can't get strained.
But it's on Amazon Prime for free, it stars Charlie Gillespie, and Ticoon looks hot, so I watched the first episode.
Holy bait and switch, Batman. This guy isn't Ticoon, Brody, Virginia, or Everett. He's an extra used to sell the show.
This is Ticoon Kim (pronounced as in tycoon), played by an actor named Ticoon Kim. Nepotism much?
In Act 1, Ticoon's father thinks that he needs "more culture," so he signs him up for an inner-city basketball team.
Wait -- that's culture? How about a class in Chinese calligraphy? Or Korean poetry? Or Shakespeare, depending on what culture you're going for. Sports aren't culture.
Ticoonis the only non-Jamaic an, the only person under 6'5", and the only person under 28 years old on the team, but his teammates are still completely accepting. One of the 28-year old 6'5" women even offers to have sex with him: "Me gonna break off yo' dick," she promises.
Then Brody (Charlie Gillespie), a long-haired androgynous type, intervenes. So the outcasts are going to bond?
Even more oddly, Brody's sister appears to be dating the bully Will. She must be a holdover from 1980s nerd movies, where the It-Girl is dating an obnoxious jock with no redeeming qualities, just so she can be won over by the sexual prowess of the nerd.
Ticoon has two friends his own age, Arnold (Matthew Edmonson) or Jacob (David Knoll), I'm not sure which, and Sonny (Eshaan Buwadwal). They get together later to discuss "pussy." For instance, Ticoon's crush is "Justin pussy," meaning that she'll only date Justin Timberlake or Justin Bieber (rather a small number of options).
No, it' a good thing; you aspire to become a "pussy fam."
Apparently Brody isn't an outcast after all; he's the coolest guy in school. When he says "What up," Sonny, overwhelmed by his coolness, exclaims, "Hey, yo, Big B, can I get a BJ?"
Arnold/Jacob points out that BJ means "Blow job," and he is embarrassed.
Brody's courtship of Ticoon is stunningly homoerotic, from confessions of "I like you" to hands on shoulders to request to meet in the bathroom. So obviously homoerotic that I'm sure it's canon: they're going to be a gay couple.
But it doesn't work out that way. Fast-forwarding through the rest of the series, which seems to be about a basketball team and a marijuana selling business (but it's legal in Canada, yo), I see a lot of scenes of Ticoon dating, and a lot of scenes of his two friends discussing pussy. They get girlfriends, too, yo. Brody and Ticoon are never alone in any scene ever again.
Another bait and switch.
Not to mention the extremely annoying pseudo-rap talk. Nobody talks like that, yo. And the profanity! I don't mind an occasional "fuck," but every third word? And every fourth word is "pussy."
Surely they meant cats.
My grade: F---.