Netflix originals have been known for being either a hit or miss. They’ve come out with some amazing movies and tv shows such as Dead To Me or Always Be My Maybe, but they’ve also had their fair share of epic disasters. Their latest show, Trinkets, could go down as one of their best.
Netflix normally doesn’t care how good or bad the content is, they’re in the business of just providing their clients a constant flow of something to watch. If only to distract us from our real lives. But Trinkets takes a look into high school and makes us nostalgic of the past.
The story follows three girls from vastly different social and economic backgrounds. They would never have made contact if not for their one shared interest – shoplifting. They all meet in shoplifters anonymous and realize their better friends than they thought.
Trinkets tackles abusive relationships, infidelity, personal tragedy, stereotyping, social expectations, revenge porn, and the importance of strong friendships in a single season.
A show like this can often get too heavy, but Trinkets keeps it light with breaking up the tension with jokes and a female bond that left me nostalgic of high school.
Elodie is the quiet new kid in school that uses shoplifting as a coping mechanism to deal with her mom’s death. But when it comes to her friends, she would take a bullet for them any day.
Moe likes to hang out with the “outcasts” at school but has a few secrets up her sleeve. She has a fierce desire to stay off of anybody’s radar and not move from the social role she was assigned. But like Elodie, she is fiercely loyal.
Tabitha is the basic, rich, popular girl in school who only cares about what color lip gloss she’s going to wear next. At least that’s what people see her as. But we’re in for a rude awakening if we try and make assumptions about who she is. The societal pressure for her to be perfect pushes her into an abusive relationship. And the consequences of that follow her throughout the entire season.
The idea behind Trinkets is to show the side of a woman the rest of the world wouldn’t see. To show that each of these girls is more than their stereotype, more than what they were labeled as. And even when someone’s life looks picture perfect from the outside, they could be feeling the world crumble beneath their feet.
And quotes like “What else we gonna do? Sit around here mourning somebody else’s poor choices? No, we ain’t no basic bitches,” remind us who we are and that we will always get back up on our feet.
Trinkets includes some storylines and dilemmas that an average high schooler would (hopefully) never face, but the essence of the problem remains the same.
I definitely recommend watching this show. It reminds us that with a friendship built on love and trust, there isn’t anything we can’t get through.
Also published on Medium.