Lately, all I saw on Tumblr was Skam. I went investigating and… I binged the whole show (up until the currant episode) in one weekend.
Skam is a Norwegian webseries about teenagers in highschool. We follow their journey with friends, love, sex, school and parents. The show was already really popular in Norway, but now it is taking over the whole world. Every season there’s a new main character, still from the same group of friends or same school. It is now that Isak is the main character in season 3 that the show blew up. Isak is exploring his sexuality and discovers that he likes boys, which results in a gay storyline. Tumblr jumped on GIFs of the boys kissing and shared the images massively.
But I can’t blame them. I’ve binged the show, had no sleep and got no schoolwork done. It is so good. Realistic with a hint of humor. It is no simple soap. We can see very stereotypical girls and boys, but they each bring their own advice and thoughts to the table. It makes an interesting mix of friends, misunderstandings, opinions and important life-lessons.
You can tell that there has been put thought into how the images were shot. We can see a mix of close-ups and wide shots. There has been played with the color-settings to capture the atmosphere of the scene. Slow-motion is often used to dramatize or even humorize a scene. The music added to the shots has been cleverly used. They mix classical music with Norwegian music and the biggest pophits. The music is adapted to the emotion of the scene. Instead of being background noise, it adds something to the show.
If we’re talking favorite characters I have to nominate Sana. She seems like a very pessimistic girl who can’t be bothered about the problems the majority of the teenage girls are dealing with, like boys and sex. But when you need her the most, she’s the one who would kill for her friends. She stands up to everybody who tries to hurt her loved ones. In one scene she presents the greatest monologue about war and peace and power in the history of teenagers. If I ever had 20 percent of her coolness I would be happy. I really hope she will be the main character for season 4.
So, peeps. Find yourself the episodes with English subtitles (on Tumblr you can find them), follow the characters on insta (yes, the fictive characters have instagram!), and start binging. Be ready to fall in love.