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Shows We Watch that You Are Inexplicably Not Watching: Huge 
28th-Jul-2010 08:35 pm
Why we started watching it
* It's written by the writer of My So-Called Life and her daughter. The Gojirawitzes are suckers for mother-daughter projects. Plus My So-Called Life.
* Nikki Blonsky, who blew us away in Hairspray.

What it's about
Ostensibly, a group of kids at fat camp. Really about being an awkward teenager. Which the Gojirawitzes were. I know, you are shocked.

Things we love
* Blonsky's sardonic, sarcastic, secretly poetic Will. She is fucking awesome.
* Raven Goodwin as shy SF geek Becca. She reads our books. She organizes a LARP. Love.
* Basically everyone on this show.
* That there are no villains - the pretty you-don't-really-need-fat-camp girl turns out to be actually really nice.
* Favorite line from this week, delivered by the crusty old chef (the dad from Sixteen Candles) as he pages through a discarded teen magazine: "That Lady Gaga sure works hard at whatever it is she does. I just hope she has people looking after her."
* Hilarious takes on the utter inanity of Twilight.
* Just a really nuanced portrayal of a bunch of people.

Things that are shockingly no big deal
* A boy is knitting during free time, while the other boys are playing guitar or talking about chicks. He's just chilling and knitting. No big.
* A character identifies as asexual. No big, she just is.

Yes, SWWtYAINW may become an ongoing series. We watch a lot of shows you may not be watching.

EDIT: There are recaps! [h/t living400lbs!]
29th-Jul-2010 12:41 am (UTC)
FYI, if you get into geeking over what happened in a show, a fat-acceptance blog is posting recaps and discussing them.
29th-Jul-2010 12:53 am (UTC)
*goes over to read right now* Thanks!
29th-Jul-2010 12:48 am (UTC)
This show sounds completely awesome.

Also, co-writer Savannah Dooley was one of my classmates at Bennington. No lie.
29th-Jul-2010 12:49 am (UTC)
I was hoping that it'd be good. I'm glad to hear it is! :D
29th-Jul-2010 01:08 am (UTC)
Been watching it ... Love it!
29th-Jul-2010 01:09 am (UTC)
we had been wary of it over at fatshionista before it premiered, and I just started a thread yesterday discussing it now that we're 5 episodes in:


me, I'm all about it. I'm very fond of Becca (Raven Goodwin), who is totally rocking the role of the SCAdian, LARPing, dresses in bodices, knows her way around a crossbow and writes her journal in runes, but still, for all that, isn't the *nerd*, just a shy and not totally played for laughs geeky girl.

Also if you go for tie ins, the official site, http://abcfamily.go.com/shows/huge/blogs has the journal entries of various characters for meta. Will's for Movie Night, in which she mocks Twilight Phantasma, is priceless.
29th-Jul-2010 01:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, Adam and I were like "This could go well or very poorly," but we are loving it.

Becca's awesome, and I am also loving that she is not The Sassy Black Friend. This show keeps avoiding stereotypes, which should not need to be cause for celebration, but is.

Oh god Phantasma hee!

29th-Jul-2010 01:22 am (UTC)
I want to like it. Ostensibly, it hits all my buttons. But the show is so joyless and arid that I've given it up after three eps.

But I hope SOMEBODY likes it better than I do, because I want Nikki Blonsky to keep getting work!
29th-Jul-2010 01:24 am (UTC)
You should keep watching. *nod*
29th-Jul-2010 05:04 am (UTC)
Hulu has episodes 1 and 5, the network site only has episode 5... How do I find 2-4? Will 5 work without the intervening context?
29th-Jul-2010 05:17 am (UTC)
silver, crystalとphalenopsisを、white roseやdenfareと一緒にあわせる。
29th-Jul-2010 09:28 am (UTC)
thank you for this rec. i'm 32 mins into episode one and loving it. it's great to see some bigger bodies on television for a change and the characters are wonderful - i do like that there are no villians.

and it has david hasselhoff's daughter! she is very pretty.

~a long time lurker
29th-Jul-2010 09:29 am (UTC)
or villains, even.
29th-Jul-2010 11:49 am (UTC)
I've never heard of this show. I wonder if it airs in Canada. Hmm.
29th-Jul-2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Caught the talent show episode. The whole thing felt very mean-spirited and unpleasant, super-counter to its buzz. I'm not sure I could go back to it.
29th-Jul-2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, SWWtYAINW may become an ongoing series.

Oh please, oh please! I'm always looking for TV recommendations.
30th-Jul-2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
It's so hard to stay on top of all the new shows these days and ABC Family does a horrible job promoting.

Downloading this now though cause ABC Family shows are always in the very least entertaining and I love Nikki.
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