Some time ago I wrote a review on Heathers, a very dark comedy featuring Winona Ryder. It’s one of my favorite 80’s movie, so I was pretty excited to hear that a TV show based on the film is in the making. So far, only the pilot is out, but boy, I’ve got some stuff to say about that…
The Heathers are the most influential and popular group at Westerburg High. The leader is Heather Chandler who vows to destroy the social life of Veronica, another member of the gang, when the latter called Heather a fatty in an angry outburst. However, when Veronica wants to take action, things escalate quickly…
Where do I start. This whole thing is just beyond awful. I sincerely hope that the rest of the show never airs as it was quite a challenge to soldier through this pilot episode.
You can tell not only that the show is based on the movie but that they desperately want to imitate it. Spoilers: It doesn’t work. Compared to the angry and dark 80s film, the TV show is a pale wannabe satire. There was not a single moment in the entire episode that actually made me laugh. You can tell where things are supposed to go and what the show runners wanted to achieve, but it’s just not working out. They take on several aspects that are already annoying in real life but without adding anything to it. So what is transferred to the screen is also boring, annoying and will have you rolling your eyes. For providing any criticism on the issues addressed, the show is lacking depth. So far, there are only superficial scenes gracing topics that one could elaborate or criticize on easily. For that’s not enough to make the show worthwhile – heck, it didn’t even make me laugh. The jokes are either to flat or they are trying to make fun of things in a way that simply is not funny at all.
To be honest, just about everything about this Heathers re-boot feels forced. The choice of characters, the choice of topics addressed – intended to mirror reality, it’s just a weird and over-the-top copy of what somebody at Hollywood imagines to be a critical take on today’s society.
I could go on listing points here for quite some time, but you get the picture. The 2018 version of Heathers can’t even compare to the original movie but is instead a failed attempt to criticize today’s society.
Did you watch the pilot? Let me know in the comments what you think!