Euphoria Season 1 Episode 6: ‘The Next Episode’ Review

[Header Image: Algee Smith as Chris McKay | HBO]

This episode’s cold opening is on McKay who we see has been pressured by his father from a young age to be a successful football player. Like all of the episode openers, the events we see help to give us some insight into McKay and explain some of his actions. Again, however, it doesn’t excuse his horrible behaviour in this episode and in previous ones. Don’t get me wrong, he definitely seems like one of the nicer guys on the show but still, there’s a lot to be aware of too.

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Euphoria Season 1 Episode 5: ‘’03 Bonnie and Clyde’ Review

[Header Image: Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn and Zendaya as Rue Bennett | HBO]

It felt natural to have Maddy’s cold opening next, especially after what happened to her in the previous episode. While we do discover what life has been like for her growing up as well as getting more of an insight into her, we also get inside her head for some of the events that we’ve seen so far this season, giving us yet another angle.

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Euphoria Season 1 Episode 4: ‘Shook One Pt. II’ Review

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So this episode was way more intense than I was expecting it to be. I had heard a lot about the carnival scenes – mostly positive – so I was really looking forward to it but I was not expecting for it to be as captivating as it was. To say I was sitting on the edge of my seat, eager to see what happened next, is an understatement. But before we get to carnival, let’s talk about the cold opening because it does connect.

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Euphoria Season 1 Episode 3: ‘Made You Look’ Review

[Header Image: Johanna Colón as Kat Hernandez | HBO]

The cold opening for episode three revolves around Kat which, considering the things she went through in the previous episode, isn’t a total surprise. There’s an obvious routine when it comes to the cold openings. Firstly, they’re told to us by Rue. This really just adds to the idea that she is the primary main character because we see a lot of her story and while everyone does get a decent amount of focus, their stories feature Rue doing a voiceover. Secondly, we usually dive back to when the character (aka the subject of the cold opening) is relatively young and is experiencing a specific moment (or series of moments) in their lives.

In this case, we see that Kat fell in love when she was eleven years old but when she comes back from a trip weighing twenty pounds more than she did before she left, her boyfriend breaks up with her and other people begin to comment on the way she looks. It was made pretty clear in the very first episode that Kat had some a lack of self confidence, especially when it came to the way she looks. Despite the negatives of episode two in terms of that video being leaked, we do see a big change in her for this episode.

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Euphoria Season 1 Episode 2: ‘Stuntin’ Like My Daddy’ Review

[Header Image: Jacob Elordi as Nate Jacobs and Eric Danes as Cal Jacobs | HBO]

The cold opening for this episode follows Nate with a closer look at Cal as well. It’s really no surprise that things are so messed up there but oh boy. Something I appreciated was that when things started to get really dark with Nate during this episode, his actions were never excused. Instead, his past simply offers up an explanation for why he decides to react the way he does.

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Euphoria Season 1 Episode 1: ‘Pilot’ Review

[Header Image: Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn and Zendaya as Rue Bennett | HBO]

Ever since it first aired, it seems like Euphoria has been all over every social media that I use. Pretty much everything I heard about it was positive and if anyone didn’t like it, it seemed to be because the show just wasn’t their thing and not because it was bad. While Euphoria did peak my interest almost instantly, unfortunately, due to time and a long list of other shows to watch, I had to put this one on the back burner until now. Finally sitting down to start it, I completely understand why it’s so loved and highly praised.

It only took ten, maybe fifteen, minutes for this first episode to completely hook me. By that point, I couldn’t tear my eyes away and I was wholly invested in knowing where the rest of this story was going to go. There’s just so much about episode one that draws you in. The introduction and primary focus on Rue (Zendaya) and Jules (Hunter Schafer) is perfectly balanced with getting us situated with the overall show as well as giving us a brief (but still important) insight to some of the characters we’ll be exploring throughout this first season (and in the future).

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