WARNING: This post contains spoilers and Euphoria touches on sensitive topics. Here’s a heads up from the show’s star, Zendaya, as well as the note shown before the episode.
HBO’s Euphoria made its debut and the series premiere drew a lot of attention, some many responses focusing on the sex, drugs, and nudity, while others labeled the show “upsetting” or “disturbing.”
Here’s how HBO describes the pilot episode:
The early scenes in this episode offer a look into Rue’s life leading up to rehab. From her very early childhood she’s diagnosed with OCD, anxiety, and ADHD. She’s heavily medicated and says she doesn’t remember much from ages 8-12.
We also see Rue habitually sneaking Xanax and then cut to her finishing rehab. Within the first 10 minutes, you’ll feel like you know the character or at least know a good deal about her.
I’m pleasantly surprised by the format of this series, which features a lot of really cool, unique shots that make you feel like you’re in a dream. It’s also narrated by Rue, who admits she’s not the most reliable.
We meet other characters, like McKay (left), who is interested in a girl named Cassie and seems like a decent guy and Nate (right) who doesn’t. Nate proves to be a douche throughout the episode.
We also meet Jules, who is new in town. Her storyline is focused on her skipping a party at McKay’s house to meet up with someone from an app named “DominantDaddy.”
There’s also Kat who, as the episode description says, is being pressured to lose something.
As the party begins and Jules links up with DominantDaddy, hookups happen and a little bit of chaos ensues amongst various characters.
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