As some of us are eagerly waiting for the next episode of the Pakistani teen web series ‘Midsummer Chaos’ to air, I thought it’s the perfect time to put forward a review. Here are all the spicy details and my opinion.
The infamous web series that went viral for all the wrong reasons is set to release its third episode in the coming week. However, it won’t be surprising to say that we all have quite a few questions regarding the last two episodes.
What Is The Web Series About?
The web series is directed and written by Ahmed Sarym and is centred around the fictional lifestyle of elite kids from Islamabad who are having harmless summer fun before going off to college.
The five main characters are Sameer – the badass influencer, Haris – the whiny best friend, Alynah – the weird/detached girlfriend, Kyra – Alynah’s friend who moved to Pakistan from Canada and Meher Bano who is full of mystery. Amidst their fashionable outfits, parties and alcohol it’s evident that they’re all battling with something – heartbreak, absent parent(s) or an identity crisis.
Though the web series is packed with multiple elements and themes (drama, friendships, love, betrayal, etc.) that makes a perfect Netflix hit, it still didn’t get a heads up from the Pakistani audience. The desi viewers labelled the show as something completely unrelatable.
I agree with the fact that the privilege and lifestyle these characters have is far detached from a normal Pakistani teen’s life. However, the plot (no matter how lazily it may have been constructed) is not entirely that far from the truth. The lifestyle depicted is quite common amongst elite kids in Pakistan and this show portrays the life today’s elite youth is choosing to live, mostly in private.
Opinions Came Pouring In
People on the internet had a lot to say regarding the plot, the acting and of course, Mehar Bano.
Midsummer Chaos Ain’t It
Teen dramas aren’t new in the entertainment industry. Rich kid dramas like ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘Elite’ are blockbusters, and let’s be honest, we still love watching their clips. However, the stories are relatable and kind of fun to watch. At the end of the day ‘Midsummer chaos’ is just a generic teen story ‘adapted’ for a Pakistani audience and we’re having a hard time keeping up. It seems that this web series, two episodes in, is already headed for the ‘Riverdale’ route instead – i.e. really lazy plot paired with really, really bad acting.
What A Mess
The only thing the last two episodes left us was, confusion. The way our dear characters stretched the last word of every sentence left us cringing. Their biggest concern was to attend a party, bruh, don’t they have pending assignments or something?
The unnoticed troubled behaviour of Sameer. THE ACCENTS! The weird 5-second argument between Alynah and Kyra. The 18 year-olds dealing with their 28-year-old problems. Jeez. The list won’t stop, but I must, because let’s be honest the issues with the series are many and we don’t have all day here…
The Mystery Woman?
The only reason I might watch the next episode is the mysterious girl at the end of the first episode, the character played by Mamia Shajaffar. I assume her to be Harris’s subconscious; who knows? Nevertheless, Midsummer Chaos seems like a guilty pleasure we’ll be binging (or hate-watching, who knows) no matter what our opinions may be.