<<I trust you, Felicity. This is my drama: for better or for worse, I always believe in you.>>
When I used to come back from high school starving, I often had to wait for my brother to return, hence to avoid eating the plate and the tablecloth, I used t turn on the TV hoping there was something decent that could distracted me. Of course, lunchtime was my mother’s turn to choose what to watch, but from time to time she let us select the series provided it was something she liked too. That’s how I started watching “Felicity”.
It was the end of May, the school luckily was almost at the end but that meant classroom work in a burst, so the idea to get out of that nightmare and start the university where – naively I thought – I could handle all my time, was a real relief. “Felicity” gave the impression that college was a wonderful place for meetings and network.
After three years with the same people, and two others ahead, it looked like heaven! Not that I was not happy with my class, at least with part of it, but the image of American colleges is always idyllic and makes me want to go not so much to join classes (almost always unjustified absent) but for the dormitories, the refectory, the everyday jobs, the study groups (which did everything except studying).
Today we are full of TV series of this kind, but “at that time” it was new, so I was fascinated.
Years later I discovered that it was the first project by JJ Abrams, one of my favourite authors (“Alias”, “Lost“). But when I started it, it was a breath of fresh air during the lunch break between school and afternoon duties.
As long as I lived with my parents, at lunch there was practically always pasta * (a meal that I do not prefer), so I directly associate pasta with the vision of this TV series, and now I could not watch it eating something else … Felicity tells about a time in our life that is common to all of us :
how will my life look like? sprinIt does it with lightness, irony, certain funny jokes, but what I want to emphasize, and for which I recommend this series even after so many years, is that it is not the usual obvious teen-drama, the authors during the four seasons have used many tricks to talk about socially relevant topics such as violence against women, homosexuality, immigration or addictions, and they did it in an clever and judicious manner without ever falling into ridicule.
It is a very contemporary TV series, which totally involves the viewer, the rhythm is relaxed, the lights dim, the soundtrack is engaging and fitting to this “inner” context. It is also fun to immerse yourself in the air of the late ’90s, when almost no one had a mobile phone, there were still videotapes and the internet was used only for research in the library.
In short, even if in the age of pay-per-view we are literally overwhelmed with new TV series, I recommend taking a joyful drop into the past and discover this show, which I’m sure will soon become your new obsession!