Today, I thought that I would try something different. I’ve been wanting to do a review show on Youtube and give you an extended review on my blog. I stole this idea but I’m calling it The Light, the Dark and the Review (Sorry TGS). If you want to see the cliffnotes version of the review, you can click here.
About the Show!!!
Today’s review is about a series that is on a new Youtube channel called Wigs. Wigs produces high-end, original, scripted dramatic series and short films about the lives of women. Lauren is the tittle of the series. Lauren is a 3 part series that centers on Sergeant Lauren Weil who reports her sexual assault by 3 fellow soldiers and the aftermath. As a result of her report, she is forced to choose between what she loves and what is right. The series is written by Jay Rodan and directed by Lesli Linka Glatter. Watch below to see what she ultimately decides. Please be aware that view discretion is advised.
I thought that I would start with the obvious starting pointing: the story. So that’s where I’ll start. The story I think is a very relevant topic that has recently come to light: sexual assault in the military. Like you saw in the series, it tends to be swept aside, not allowing the victims to get the help they need. The series sheds light on what I believe to be the root of the problem: the way commanding officers seem to cover up the incident.
Characters and Character Development
Sergeant Lauren Weil-a mother of a five-year old daughter and comes from five generations of soldiers. She is very stubborn earning her the nickname Stub. There is a sense of pride and love for serving her country. When given the chance to go home after her husband was killed to take care of her daughter, she didn’t take it. She wanted to be part of the fight if there was going to be one.
Major Jo Stone–Lauren’s commanding officer. She appears to be very cold at first, but by the end of the series she can tell that she’s human. She almost breaks down in the final episode. You can tell that she didn’t want to bury the investigation, but didn’t have any choice.
As for the development of Lauren and Major Stone, I felt that it was a little rushed. I guess that is kind of to be expected in such a short series. I wish we were able to see more of what happens after and Lauren and Jo’s interactions, especially afterwards. I feel as though there were things that we don’t know about the characters that might be relevant to the story.
Actors and Acting
Let’s talk about the cutie Troian Bellisario. She is gorgeous. Take a look her for a second.
Excuse me while I pick my jaw from the ground.
She is a mix of Italian, Serbian, French, English, and African American. You can’t disagree with me on that one. Enough of that. It’s time to move on.
I was really blown away by her performance. This role took some major chops. Her character was on an emotional roller coaster the entire series and took everyone for a ride. I think that she didn’t fall flat acting opposite Jennifer Beals. I might go as far as to say that she might have outshone Jennifer.
To Beals credit, her character wasn’t that easy to play. She was commander of a base. She had to be stone faced, but still compassionate. She did amazing.
All and all, I really, really liked this series. It sheds light on what I feel is a major and important issue. It really affected me which I will explain in a future post. Though the resolution to the story wasn’t what I hoped for, it was what realistically would have happened in this situation.
I highly recommend any show that is on Wigs. You really won’t be disappointed with the content that they create. You can go and visit their channel here. As usual, you can leave any positive or negative responses below.