Sororities are like, so totally bitchin, right?! At least, that's what Charmed (2018) Season 1 Episode 6 wanted us to believe.
Or, I think that's what they wanted us to believe.
It's not that the episode wasn't enjoyable. It may have been Charmed's best episode to date. However the incessant need to drill the feminist agenda into viewers minds? It's getting pretty annoying.
Like, what's their damage, you know?
Related: Charmed (2018) Season 1 Episode 5 Review: Other Women
Don't get me wrong. I'm a feminist, and a show led by three strong female leads of color is always something I'll sign up for. I understand the desire to use a platform to break through the Hollywood glass ceiling. But there are ways to let your point be known without shoving it into your audience's faces.
When you stop letting actions speak louder the words and instead air on the side of exposition with every message you try and send, your dialogue gets clunky and you end up alienating more people than you draw in.
In my review for Charmed (2018) Season 1 Episode 5, I spoke about how lovely the writers depicted feminism, by exemplifying it through the actions of a specific character. There was no overuse of socially conscious verbiage. Instead, it was a subtle point on the power of women supporting women via character action and reaction.
The message landed beautifully.
"Kappa Spirit" takes two steps back in this aspect. Instead of showing us through character action, the episode decides to drill the idea that sororities aren't airheaded, haze-filled bitch fests through the mouthpieces of multiple characters.
Throughout the entire Kappa storyline, characters continuously preach to Mel about how fantastic and supportive sororities truly are. Both Maggie and Jenna insist that Kappa isn't about bullying, hazing, or negativity. That the sisters of Kappa house would never act so shamelessly. Instead, they blame everything on wine cooler loving ghost, Brenda.
Except here's the problem with that. Even if Brenda was a horrible person, that doesn't make Jenna embarrassing her in front of the entire college campus acceptable.
And it has absolutely nothing to do with Lucy pouring an entire pitcher of mojito on Maggie's head when she was trying to apologize.
At the end of the day, Kappa sisters may not be killers, but they aren't angels, either. And if the show is trying to prove that pledging a sorority is a healthy, happy and fun thing to do in 2018? They need to make their message a lot more streamlined.
Because from where I was sitting, Mel was making a whole lot of sense, and I'd take the Vera-Vaughn sisterhood over the Kappa one any day.
Beyond the Greek Life propaganda, the episode did manage to make some notable improvements, especially in regards to story structure.
Things are finally starting to slow down, and the plots of each episode are bei..