Notes on Master of None

(warning: there might be some spoilers ahead)

Is it too brave of a declaration to say that Aziz Ansari’s Master of None is a must-watch television show for millennials? With popular culture riding on the millennial wave, it’s easy to get lost and be confused with the numerous references and experiences of the millennial generation. However, with Master of None, millennials will probably have an easy time to relate to the numerous references and experiences of the characters in the show.

The show is centered around Dev (played by Aziz Ansari), a 32-year old actor who is navigating his life around New York City, while juggling his career and several relationships. In the series, viewers will meet Dev’s friends, his parents, and his love interest, and how his relationships with these people affect his life.  At the same time, viewers will also discover how Dev navigates his career— especially in the aspect of race.

What makes Master of None decidedly different from similarly-themed shows is that it’s deliberate in depicting thought-provoking topics, while making it digestible for the viewers to understand it. For example, the episode “Ladies and Gentlemen” tackles the inequality between men and women at work, and how women constantly face the danger of potential sexual predators around them. The episode also shows how we (women and men) can be feminists in our own ways. In this case, Dev showed his support for his female co-stars by giving them the spotlight in the TV commercial that they are working on, after he expressed concern that the women in the commercial are being used for eye candy. On the other hand, the episode “Parents” is a funny, refreshing take on understanding our parents’ struggles and victories. The episode comically depicts the struggles and hardships of Dev and Brian’s immigrant parents, in order to provide Dev and Brian the comforts that they are experiencing in the present. This episode will make you rethink how we view our relationships with our parents, and how their struggles can help us appreciate them better.

Aside from these thought-provoking topics, the show celebrates its uniqueness through the its depiction of food. The show is a feast for foodies everywhere, with numerous mentions and tacos and pasta for viewers to be excited about. In addition, food in Master of None has been a force in building relationships between the different characters in the show.

When it comes to the millennial experience, Master of None depicts how technology has influenced the millennial generation navigate and face life. The show also depicts Dev’s indecisiveness about his future, and his indecisiveness towards his relationships. The indecisiveness, and the increasing reliance on technology are two characteristics that have shaped the millennial generation. As a millennial writing this, we have tools like the internet and social media to show us the numerous options that we can have in order to go where we are supposed to be, but every single day, the choices being presented to us through these mediums have made it more difficult for us to ultimately decide on the path that we want to take.

As a final verdict, Master of None is an offbeat, earnest, and heartwarming show that engages its viewers to rethink and re-evaluate their relationships and life decisions, while enjoying a taco and a glass of iced tea (or a helping of carbonara).

 

7 Things I Learned From Parks & Recreation `

Parks and Recreation is one of my favorite television shows, next to How To Get Away With Murder and The Newsroom. While I do admit that I haven’t watched the first five seasons of the show, the last two seasons of the show gave me enough reasons to love it. Along the way, I’ve also picked up some valuable lessons from the series, which is an obvious sign that Parks and Rec has grown on me. Now that the show is about to end, allow me to share seven life lessons I picked up from the show:

1. TREAT YO SELF. 

Whether you’re down or you’re in a celebratory mood, don’t forget to treat yo self. But treating yourself is not just limited to buying fancy things, it’s also about taking care of yourself.

2. It’s perfectly okay to be weird (and hate on everything in the process).

April Ludgate is probably my spirit animal. She blurts out the most random and inappropriate things, and never gives a fuck about them. The most important lesson here: just be you.

3.  Breakfast food is the ultimate quick fix to life’s problems. 

If all else fails, go to the nearest restaurant that serves breakfast food 24/7. Everything will be alright.

4. Give everything you’ve got. 

Ron Swanson said it best. Find something that you love, and give everything that you’ve got.

5. Treasure the people you love. 

Ann and Leslie’s bestfriendship is something that’s worth emulating. Sure, they have pursued separate paths already, but despite the distance, they continue to support each other in every way imaginable. And that includes texting your best friend every thirty seconds to remind her that she’ll be fine.

6. Trust your instincts (but guide them properly!!). 

Note to self.

7. It’s okay to mix up pop culture references (and not care). 

Ron Swanson does NOT give a fuck about popular culture…because he IS his own popular culture. It sounds a little vague, but here’s my point: you don’t need to be totally in the loop about everything, because it can dizzying at times.

All in all, Parks and Recreation is one of the few television shows that really made a mark on me. Sure, I’ve picked up a love for meat and breakfast food because of Ron Swanson, and I’ve learned how to embrace my weirdness because of April, the show has also taught me how to love myself, and treasure the people I love. Yes I sound extremely cheesy, but when you become emotionally invested in something, there’s no way to contain your feelings (especially when your favorite things are about to leave).

Skins (UK) vs. Skins (US)

Found this picture on Tumblr featuring the Skins US and Skins UK cast. Here’s a list of my observations:

1. WHY THE HELL IS MAXXIE A GIRL? Maxxie should be a hot, gay version of Sam Evans.

2. The British version of Tony is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay waaaaaaay hotter than his American counterpart.

3. In fairness, medyo cutie pie si Sid.

4. American Effy is also not as hot as British Effy. I will cry now. American Effy looks like a little girl, while British Effy is a bombshell.

I shall stop nitpicking the US version of Skins now.

MORE STUFF I FOUND OUT ABOUT SKINS US:

 

1. The American version of Maxxie is a lesbian cheerleader named Tea! And, deyumm, she is pretty. I was looking forward that Maxxie will be a hot gay guy that will trample Kurt Hummel. Instead, I got a hot lesbian cheerleader!

2. From Anwar to Abbud. Anwar’s name is changed to Abbud! *repeats to self Anwar is “different” from Abbud*

3.  Jal is now a Korean girl named Cho. Awesomeness. I’m thinking that Cho is also as intelligent and sharp as Jal.

4. Cassie is now Cadie.

Okay, I can’t wait for Skins US now. I’m excited to see if Skins US will live up to the legendary reputation of Skins UK.