Why y'all should watch Julie and The Phantoms:
POC LEAD: the female protagonist, Julie Molina, is played by a Puerto Rican actress named Madison Reyes. Julie is adorable, lovable and finds her love for life through music, her family and her friends. Her strength shines through her interactions with her family and friends and her relationship with her deceased mother. We also get to see the home life of Julie's family, her dad, Ray, her little brother, Carlos, and her tia.
BLACK REPRESENTATION: Julie's best friend, Flynn, is not a background character or part of Julie's entourage; she is her own person. She has layers and she has a personality and not to mention, the greatest fashion sense. She has goals and dreams, she's a go-getter and musically inclined, a DJ, a trumpet player and she is honestly the greatest friend. She is independent.
OPENLY GAY LEAD DRUMMER: Alex is one of Julie's ghost band mates. He is real and complex and deals with ANXIETY but most importantly, he doesn't fit any boxes that entertainment has created for what a gay man should be. He is a dork and the cutest dancer and most importantly, he has a story. He forms a friendship with another boy, Willie, and they don't immediately fall into a relationship which I love because it is so important to show the slow development of any relationship, especially one that is so important to so many people (but please willex canon in s2). Anyways, it is incredibly beautiful to see their slow and sweet relationship dynamic.
FRESH PLOT: even though it is a remake of the Brazilian show by the same name, Julie and The Phantoms still has its own quirks and the creators took many many creative liberties to make it unique and a one of a kind show about a girl and her ghost band.
THE ERADICTION OF TOXIC MASCULINITY: Alex and the other two phantoms, Luke Patterson and Reggie are so distinctly layered. They are sensitive and not afraid of emotions. They each have deeply intricate stories dealing with their families and their experiences.
DEALING WITH GRIEF: All four protagonists deal with grief in their own ways: Julie trying to deal with the pain of her mother passing, Luke running out on his parents, Alex with coming out and recieving a lack of acceptance from his family and Reggie's parents going through a divorce before he died.
KICKASS MUSIC/SOUNDTRACK: the show revolves around a band so, of course, they have fire music. I've been listening to the show's music on repeat for the past week (especially see: "Unsaid Emily", "Flying Solo", "Wake Up", "Edge of Great" and "Bright"). One thing that I find badass on another level: every band performance is live- non of the pre-recored, lip syncing stuff.
FAMILIAL LOVE / FOUND FAMILY / BEST RELATION DYNAMICS
NOT A CRINGY VILLIAN
CUTE 90s BOY FASHION
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What if season 2 starts with
Hollywood 1995 with the same orpheum close up as last time, before the camera switches to inside of the orpheum. Bobby is pacing and Rose is sitting on the stage with her legs dangling off, watching him.
“They wouldn’t miss this,” Bobby says. “Somethings wrong.”
It would be an awesome parallel to the first scene of the first episode
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Do you ever think about how in Wake Up Julie sings “and I’ll use the pain ‘cause it’s part of me and I’m ready to power through it, gonna find the strength, find the melody, ‘cause you showed me how to do it” and by Stand Tall that’s exactly what she does? She thanks her mother because she’s using the pain of losing her, the memories she has of her, the love and grief she still holds for her to power through it and perform with strength because Rose showed her how to do it even when she wasn’t there. Not only that, but the way it relates to the boys too - they showed her how to fall in love with music again. She performs for them as well, knowing they helped her find the melody once again. She really comes full circle, huh.
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jatp but the boys crash land into the studio when rose gets hit by nostalgia and plays their cd the day she gets her diagnosis
the boys are there to help her get through everything, while she’s there to be the mom they never had and halfway through julie starts seeing them. rose nudges them to start jamming out together in the studio while she rests in the couch, watching her daughter radiate all that is good in the world. sees how that one boy looks at her like she is the actual sun
urges them to form a band, to start playing music to crowds
the day rose passes away, the boys are right there with julie and carlos and ray helping them through their grief. rose appears in front of the boys right before she crosses over, and makes them promise to never let julie give up music
to never let julie distance herself from them or jatp because what they have is magic and one day they’ll really see its power change their life
she tells them she’ll always be with them. within the very fabric of the music they make
she tells them she loves them and she’s so proud of every single one of them. tells them she’ll be seeing them
and floats away
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