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I guess it’s time to review a TV show. Spun off of the brain-dead classic Beavis and Butthead, Daria follows the female foil of the previous series’ titles characters. Since the previous series, Daria Morgendorffer has since become a cynical high schooler, who despite her high standards and morals, would prefer to observe her mad world rather than change it. The one person she considers a friend is her equally cynical yet more well adjusted Jane Lane. When one sees the characters, there is a fair justification for her jaded outlook. Though despite the empathy that one may feel with Daria, it is nevertheless a prevalent theme that she judges people too quickly. Caricatures and reasonable figures are littered throughout the series, and Daria judges them similarly simply because of the flaws they may possess. The prime example is probably Daria’s own mother. While she has her flaws, she is nevertheless one of the most reasonable adults in the series and often helps the protagonist. Characters occasionally show that they’re more deep than their quirks may make them appear.
Based on personal preference, this show is much more enjoyable than its predecessor, to the point where you could even forget that it was a spin-off (which should be the job of a good spin-off).
It’s generally considered to have a cynical tone, as most characters are fairly selfish. Reputation and appearance are what matters to most people. This includes Daria as well, as there are instances when she doesn’t want to sink to “their level”, even when it’s not necessarily bad thing. Stereotypical roles like the jock, cheerleader, sensitive teacher, and authoritative principal are found easily, and it isn’t very hard to simply dislike them for what they are, even if they’re only caricatures. Yet some stereotypes are deconstructed. Daria’s sister Quinn is one of the popular kids, but she is forced to conform to the standards of her friends despite clearly having a great deal of intelligence and motivation. Thus brings up the question; do we follow what is expected, or what is right.
This show is not without its flaws. Character animation is limited, and is mainly carried through dialogue. Sometimes, You don’t really know whether to think of it realistically or to treat it as a separate universe. But it’s all part of the fun.
This is a show that addresses topics that are still relevant today. I recommend it for those looking for a good contrast to some of the bombastic programming on today.