The only unrealistic thing about Julie and the phantoms becoming friends that fast is there was no scene of them lightheartedly but intensely sharing all of their trauma as a back and forth of “oh that happened to you? Well it’s not the same but in the same vein, this happened to me!” “Well while we’re on the topic of that one time I-”
Like yes queers make friends that fast but you always end up just talking about your shit as a form of bonding and the fact that Reggie didn’t casually reference being yelled at only for Luke to bounce off that is unrealistic honedtly /j
I'm so deep into the book incorporated canon I actually don't like Luke mf Patterson anymore. Like HOW CAN YOU BE BEST FRIENDS WITH SOMEONE, MAKE A BAND WITH THEM AND TWO OTHERS THEN PROCEED TO EXCLUDE YOUR ORIGINAL BESTIE LIKE LUKE MATE THATS SO BAD OF YOU
[image ID: there are two panels, both screenshots from episode six of julie and the phantoms. the first screenshot is of julie standing outside the garage with a blank expression. there is text over her reading ‘me watching jatp for the first time and expecting bare minimum or just plain shitty lgbtq representation’. the second is of reggie, luke and alex inside the studio. luke is on one knee with text over him reading ‘julie reggie and luke being heavily implied to be bi/pan’. reggie is on his left with text over him reading ‘likeable canon gay characters whos relationship isnt pushed aside’. alex is on lukes left with text over him reading ‘literally the entire fucking flying solo episode’. all three of them are doing jazz hands. end ID]
I just realized in episode 5 when the boys are amazed by Calebs performance Willie says “you guys should come back when he shows one of his movies. I mean for Titanic, he literally floods the entire place.” And the guys just smile and nod because....they don’t know what titanic is.
Something really important about JatP that I don’t think we talk about enough is how Julie’s grief and recovery is actually realistic. Usually in TV or books or any media really, the protagonist has this thing they can’t do, but then they do it once and suddenly by some miracle it’s like they never even found it difficult in the first place. They can do it every single time without fail like their issues were never there at all and their grief (or whatever caused their inability to do the thing) was so trivial that it could be forgotten about just like that.
Julie and the Phantoms doesn’t do that because that just isn’t how grief and recovery works. It’s far more complex, and some days are worse than others. Some days it’s impossible to do the thing, or to do anything at all, and some days it’s much easier. Julie’s grief is so beautifully portrayed because when she plays Wake Up, she isn’t “cured”. We see her struggle to go through with Bright, and after the boys ditch her at the dance she’s pretty much ready to give up once more because music has hurt her again. We see these ups and downs she goes through because her grief and recovery isn’t a constant victory, it’s a fight she has to win and there are times she feels like she’s losing. Even by Stand Tall, she hasn’t gone through this major unrealistic change where she can play music without any struggle - she very nearly gives up altogether. But she doesn’t, she keeps fighting, she pushes herself to move past what’s stopping her.
Because that’s how it works. I’m sick of media telling us that recovery is easy. It’s so refreshing for a show to tell its audience that recovering from something isn’t a straightforward thing to do and that sometimes you have to push yourself to move past it. Julie’s grief and how she deals with it is such a natural thing and it’s such an underrated part of this entire show.
Y’all I just had the stupidest idea for a jatp crack fic that takes in like an alive AU
So somehow it gets leaked to the press that one member of Julie and the Phantoms is gay but
And Alex isn’t comfortable being out to everyone yet so the others make it their mission to draw attention away from him and naturally they make it a competition to see who can make the most people think they’re the gay one whilst refusing to confirm anything (and it’s against the rules to publicly do anything overtly romantic with someone of the same sex cause that would make an unfair advantage) so
There’s a ton of speculation and media bullshit but LITERALLY NO ONE THINKS IT’S ALEX
LIKE HE’S JUST QUIETLY DATING WILLIE AND MEANWHILE
JULIE COVERS A GIRL IN RED SONG WHILE WEARING A FLANNEL
REGGIE GOES TO A GAY BAR WITH FLYNN (a lesbian) (and it doesn’t violate the rules because he frames it as going as her wingman)
LUKE WEARS A TANK TOP TO A GIG WITH RAINBOW COLORS BUT OUT OF ORDER
FLYNN IS A FORCE OF CHAOS WHO FINDS THE WHOLE THING HILARIOUS AND HELPS ALL OF THEM
THE OTHERS FIGURE OUT (cause in this universe they haven’t yet) THEY’RE NOT COMPLETELY STRAIGHT EITHER BECAUSE OF THIS LITTLE STUNT CAUSE AFTER A WHILE OF EXPLORING THE CULTURE OF THE QUEER COMMUNITY TO CONVINCINGLY COVER FOR ALEX IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE PRETEND ANYMORE
And eventually of course when they’re all comfortable with it they go on the record and ‘surprise bitch we’re all queer here.’
Anyway I’m totally gonna write this at some point but if anyone else feels inspired by this idea please feel free to write your version of it.