Hey everyone. I’m coming at you with a second new feature in one week. This is a feature I’ve planned to do for a long time, but just never really focused on doing it. Actually, I did focus on it, once. Then my laptop died and that edition died along with it. No fear though, one of the few nice things left for living in the U.S. right now are the numerous amount of new shows coming out.
I created First Watch so I could recap and discuss not only new shows, but also old shows that I watch for the first time. I’ve always tweeted my watching or (before Twitter), recapped my watching on Tumblr (Hello, Pretty Little Liars). I felt this would be a fun little feature to also hear other people’s thoughts. I’ll be doing episode, season, series and movie recaps and discussing the newest episodes of shows I watch. I’ll most likely inevitably have to try to combine multiple show discussion into one post. Wish me luck.
Note/Disclaimer: I do not own any of the images shared in this recap. They are all owned by Freeform.
I’ll be starting the first edition of this with The Bold Type from Freeform. I first watched this show last month when it premiered three weeks ago. The premiere was for the first two episodes but as this recap is already pretty long, I’m going to only discuss the first episode today. I will be hopefully posting the second episode Monday, July 17th.
If you have been missing the too soonly dearly departed shows, The Carrie Diaries and Jane By Design, Freeform may have just what you’re looking for. Fans of Sex and The City and Younger will be interested in this as well as we’re given looks into companies. If you’re looking for a light summer show that talks about important subjects, The Bold Type may be for you.
Inspired by Cosmopolitan editor, Joanna Coles, The Bold Type is about three 20-somethings year old women who become friends as assistants at Scarlet. Two of them are moving up on the fashion industry ladder. Jane and Kat have been recently promoted to a writer and social media director. Sutton is still finding her footing though and we’re not too sure what she’ll end up doing.
There is a lot going on in the world and sometimes it can be a lot to handle. The Bold Type is a fresh breath of air despite the natural New York City atmosphere. The Bold Type is not a superficial show by any means, though it can be easy to mistake it – and Scarlet by default – as such. Both deal with what can be at the first glance appear to be superficial aspects like fashion and makeup, but they’re tools for forming women. Who says a woman can’t love fashion and makeup and be strong, smart, capable and independent? It’s time to set these assumptions aside.
You’ll fall in love with Jane who is all too relatable when she must take a picture of her “first day as a writer” walking into Scarlet offices. She is also the character you would expect to take the show’s lead. The sort of shy, inexperienced, type A, eager, uncertain but confident of what she wants and trying to find her voice.
In the pilot we’re introduced to Jane who we discover grew up without a mom as she died when Jane was a baby. We hear that Scarlet was the older sister to Jane that she never had as she grew up in a home of brothers. In any other case, I probably would have rolled my eyes at the cheesiness. Jane definitely sells this to me though as I root for her. As a reader and writer, I know the impact that words can have, something as simple as a magazine can have a profound impact no matter where it comes from.
I love that the central focus of this show is the strong friendship between these women who support each other and don’t tear one another down. These women who can get in arguments and still apologize and show up
The first Scarlet meeting is kicked off with a little tongue in cheek comment from Jacqueline, the editor in chief as she says to a group of mostly old, white men,
“I am so happy to see all your bright, shining, young, ethnically, sexually, and gender-diverse faces this morning so we can hammer out the issues that really matter to today’s woman.”
I’ll be interested to see if there is more diversity added to this group or if it will focus on the main female characters we have now. Not that I would be against either because these ladies are amazing so far.
At first sight, Jacqueline can seem harsh as she denies all twenty of Jane’s proposals over emails. To be fair, twenty proposals, Jane? Twenty? Knowing Jane’s personality though, I understand why she’d submit more rather than less. In person, Jacqueline continues doing so until Jane hits the one topic she does like – her unstalkable ex. This is also the one topic that Jane does not want to cover as her boyfriend broke up with her randomly.
It is now up to Jane to figure out how to stalk her unstalkable ex. What does she do? She, Kat and Sutton take what appears to be an uber and drive by his house. Jane is very much against this idea but Kat and Sutton think it will be good for her.
“You know, maybe you can finally get some closure.”
“I have closure, it’s closed.”
Whatever you say, Jane.
They are narrowly caught after Jane’s ex starts walking up the street and the uber driver has gone to see if his name is on the call box.
There’s also a nice, quick moment between Kat and Sutton as Kat says “And, hey, look at all this legroom.”, Sutton replies “Oh, my God. I was just thinking that.” and the two share a high-five. I especially love the chemistry between these two.
After a somewhat successful attempt to stalk Eric, Jane tries to pitch a new idea to Jacqueline. Jacqueline will not have that though as she liked Jane’s idea. It’s now Jane’s job to get this article written. Does she? Well. . . She kind of writes an article called “How To Get Over It When the Guy You Love Leaves You Standing in a Train Station.” Jacqueline loves this article and Jane has successfully done her first article. Yay for victory!
Sutton is the character that we’re not quite sure of right now. She’s still an assistant as Jane and Kat are promoted. I do love this storyline for her though because she could end up anywhere. She’s stated she’s interested in fashion so I wonder if she’ll maybe do a fashion column or more behind the scenes work. I like being able to relate to Sutton because I could see myself not feeling the best if two friends were promoted and I were still kind of stuck.
Despite this though, she’s pretty busy. We see throughout the episode that Sutton is involved in a classic forbidden romance with Richard, a board member. Sutton gets adventurous at Scarlet with Richard with texting photos, not wearing a bra and stealing underwear.
In the pilot, Jane and Kat discover this relationship or fling. Kat immediately tells her that Richard would be fine if the word got out about them, it’s herself she would have to worry about. See what I mean about that tough love? I agree with Kat a million times over. It’s so typical in today’s society for guys to get high-fives for sleeping with people with little regard to the people they could potentially hurt.
I love that while Sutton may not know what exactly she wants at Scarlet, she knows what she wants from Richard. And that’s for “I want to be the girl you can’t stop thinking about.” Yes Sutton, you stand up for yourself! I already love her so much.
Kat is the clear go-getter character of the group from the start. She also seems like she’s a somewhat hard to love character, if you didn’t know her. Of course, she seems like the complete opposite as well. Kat feels like she would be a tough love character too. That friend that kicks you in the butt when you’re doing something wrong or something that could hurt you.
We learn that she was promoted from assistant after two years whereas it took Jane four year. She tells someone her friend “is having a moment” during Jane’s picture outside and the use of the word “Punani” in an article. She pushes about the Muslim Lesbian article as it hits all the boxes Scarlet is about. She quickly puts it on herself to convince the photographer to do the feature piece after hearing they cancelled.
Besides that storyline but also still related, Kat is trying to figure out these new feelings that are growing for Adena. It’s interesting to see this play out. The word “bisexual” has not been used yet in the show. It seems like Kat can either be straight or be a Lesbian, she can’t be bisexual. I hope this changes in the show or it will be very disappointing. This storyline brought out a vulnerable side to Kat in contrast to the rest of her generally-knowing-what-she’s -doing personality.
Finally we meet Adena who is the Muslim, Lesbian photographer. Adena doesn’t initially agree to the article as Kat attempts to persuade her, believing the magazine is superficial and unfeminist. Kat does end up getting Adena to say yes to the article without even pushing it. I would say this was due more to Kat’s personality than Scarlet brand. It seems like if Kat encouraged something, it could only be good.
The two shared a few very cute scenes with quotes to remember. It’s very believable to see that Kat is the social media director, she’s not afraid to stand up for herself and others. Their chemistry is very clear to see.
During a night of deconstructing vibrators to take back to her country, Adena asks Kat her sexual orientation. “Out and proud hetero”. I found the “out and proud” line to be a bit off-putting because there’s never really a question of “out and proud hetero”. This, of course, seems like it will be challenged as Kat wrestles with her feelings.
The pilot throws no punches as it shows the reality that people living in repressive countries face. Kat goes on to encourage her fellow employees to tweet for Adeena after she gets detained for attempting to smuggle the contraband.
“We are going to tweet that a woman is being held against her will simply for wanting to own her own sexuality — #FreeAdena — unless somebody has something better.”
This idea is shut down by Lauren who asks Kat how she thought this would be taken for Adena. Feeling overwhelmed, Kat lashes out at Sutton who says she can deal with it alone. This causes the second argument between our three ladies.
We discover at the end that Adena was released due to help from Alex’s friend and Adena refusing to sign a paper saying she was remorseful of her actions. This made me so happy and I can’t wait to see more Adena. I’m hoping the country where she’s from will be named because as of now it is just a generalized Middle Eastern country.
Besides the main cast, we also meet Alex who is a writer for Scarlet. He also seems to be the go-to guy when it comes to anything after watching the second episode. Alex is the one that goes to the party with Jane. He is also the one who helps get Adena released through connections. I love him so far and I hope he’s on the show weekly.
Next is Lauren. Lauren is still Sutton’s boss and she seems a little mean at times. I’m hoping she won’t be the villain for the series, but she doesn’t seem like she will be. I’ll be interested to see her character develop. I almost want to say she could be the kind of character that tries to sabotage Kat and Jane but maybe that’s just aftermath thoughts from watching Pretty Little Liars where no one is really good.
At the end, we’re treated to the most lovely speech by Jacqueline who tells how she’d always kept Jane’s thought about being an older sister in her mind. We see that the girls have also made up. We reach the iconic train screaming scene too which is my absolute favorite.
I loved how the girls screamed in the subway station as it flew by. I hope that will be something that’s repeated as the ladies deal with various life issues. The representation in the show is pretty good so far with Kat appearing to be biracial and possibly black, Adena being Muslim and a Lesbian and Alex being black.
What really makes the show shine are the women. You’ll be cheering for them and find them all, maybe, somewhat relatable. All three leads have amazing chemistry and I can’t wait to see them more. If Scarlet is the older sister of Jane, then Jacqueline is definitely seeming to be more like her mother now. I mean, she rejects a call from Beyonce. Beyonce. She appears to really care about her staff and I love that. Is it a little too sugary? Yeah, possibly. It’s still nice to watch though.
Being a bit of a Conservative Christian, i was put off by a bit of the sex references, but I do understand that is what goes in magazines. Other than that, I love The Bold Type and I can’t wait to watch more of it. The music in this show is pretty amazing as well. I would love to know what you think about it though!
“You know, there’s a lot more inside of a woman than what you can see on the outside.” (Adena) “Yeah, I know ’cause there’s a lot more inside of me, too.” (Kat)
“Why do you still wear a hijab? Isn’t it kind of contradictory?” (Kat) “I choose to wear the hijab. It does not oppress me but liberates me from society’s expectations of what a woman should look like. People tend to get uncomfortable when they cannot put you in a box. But I’ve always liked to make people uncomfortable.” (Adena)
“It’s gonna sound really dumb, but, uh, it’s kind of why I fell in love with “Scarlet,” ’cause when I needed it, it was like getting advice from an older sister that I always wished I had.” (Jane)
“It’s okay to not be fine.”
“But for those of you who say we are just a fashion and beauty magazine, I say, “Here’s the next great mascara “to give you bigger eyes to see the world. “Here’s a fabulous pair of jeans. Now go climb a mountain.” (Jacqueline)