When a favorite character disappears from your television screen and the actress who brings her to life appears on a new television show, chances are, you’ll be watching the new show. Selfie is the sho her face is the star of.
Selfie, Season One Pilot (2014) ABC TV Review
Social media is an addiction for Eliza (Karen Gillan). As the top producing sales representative for her company, Eliza is more excited about the number of “likes” she has than real life friendships. That’s all before her entire life becomes a joke when a video of her fashion disaster and losing her boyfriend goes viral; oh, yes, and all of this happens in front of her co-workers. Desperate to leave behind that image in the rearview, Eliza returns to work hiding from the snickers of her co-workers. Willing to change that, she enlists the help of fellow co-worker and marketing guru, Henry (John Cho) to help rebrand her. Only trouble is, neither one realizes the challenge this task was going to be.
If you’ve been seeing promotional spots or read about this, the familiar ring it gives is spot on. This new half-hour ABC comedy is inspired by My Fair Lady and it could be a darling little series. Though it’s only a “first impression,” I do like Selfie. I like what the writer’s do with the story, and enjoy being able to watch a 20-some minute show that puts a smile on my face. As a friendly warning, I will say, if you’re a purist, I’d advise you steer clear of this. It’s definitely 100% a loose update on the classic. However if you like something like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries or Emma Approved, you might like this fresh, “hip” update on a familiar tale.
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Aside from the clever antidotes (which I’ll chat up more later on), what I like best about this is the opportunity to see Karen Gillan in something else. She plays a completely different character in this, which is what makes seeing her in American television such a fun experience. Eliza sets up to be a brash, uncaring person who is actually hiding a fragility. Then there is John Cho. I love this dude’s character equally well. He plays the “proper professor” very well and like Eliza, there is going to be more to his character; there’s a really cute scene between he and Eliza at the end of episode one that will – hopefully – set up a relationship.
Because of its 21st century setting, the writers takes liberties in adapting this and make Eliza selfish. She’s now a social media kind-of terror, who cares nothing for those around her and is happy to make fun of embarrassing flubs in cyberspace. Until she becomes that person. In order to make the show relevant, I actually think it’s a clever way to bring the story into modern times, plus it doesn’t hurt that the characters are easy to like. As someone who doesn’t watch 30-minute comedies, I will say that the pacing seems too quick, but that’s minor in the face of enjoyment. Starting off as a darling show in the 2014 line up, if the creator is smart, this can impart lessons. If not, it’s still a cute thing to consider adding to your DVR.
Have you seen the pilot? If so, what did you think? Share any thoughts below. If not… chime in with what you expect from Selfie.
Content; there are references to Eliza’s dress and her ability to close deals because of how she dresses. A woman is dating a married man, which she supposedly did not know about. We see an Instagram photo of a naked woman with hands covering her breasts. There may be one or two profanities. Selfie, season one pilot is TV-14.