Paper Girls is a mystery, science fiction show brought to life by Amazon Studios, based on the comic book series by the same name. The TV show follows four girls all starting their paper route on Hell Day, the day after Halloween. Paper Girls stars Sofia Rosinsky as Mac Coyle, Camryn Jones as Tiffany Quilkin, Fina Strazza as KJ Brandan, and Riley Lai Nelet as Erin Tieng. The four girls unwittingly get caught up in a conflict between two time-traveling factions, and their worlds are turned upside down.
The first season of Paper Girls opens strong, subtly highlighting the different lives that all four of the girls lead in 1988 simply by showing the audience their morning routine. From Erin starting her first ever job with the support and worry of her mother to Mac, who tries to steal her brother’s Walkman as she is alone in setting off early. The pilot episode brilliantly shows the subtle struggles that four girls endure in 1988 and their naivety in situations from the new girl Erin (Riley Lai Nelet). Compared to Mac (Sofia Rosinsky), who understands the dangers of the world and more so on the fateful Hell Day.
An interesting viewpoint of Paper Girls is the point of view. The dramatic scenes and battles between two warring factions of time travelers are nothing more than a backdrop for most of the season. Instead, viewers get to witness the four girls come to terms with futures they could never anticipate or the consequences of their unrealistic expectations and wasted dreams. Viewers get that rare insight of physically confronting the embodiment of hope and expectations with the child counterparts of the girls in comparison to the reality of the world with their adult counterparts.
One of the biggest complaints, or room for significant improvement is the pacing and control of the story. In a few episodes, it feels as if the big, dramatic things happen at the very start of the episode with nothing really to follow through. With this being an eight-episode season, this season felt it could have been six episodes, with four episodes focusing on each girl and confronting their own fate and future instead of the odd mixture that was put out.
Without spoiling, as the episodes continue, Mac (Rosinsky) has one of the best character arcs in the show. With expectations and the embodiment of hope shown in the younger counterparts of the four main girls, Mac is one of the characters that truly captures all the harsh realities of her own timeline and the worry and hope for a better future.
Paper Girls is an interesting coming-of-age story, but when it comes to the coordination of time travel and attempting to explain the finer details, the show does lose itself a little in the finer details. It remains as its own unique thing, and hopefully, the pacing and storytelling can be improved, should it be picked up for a second season.
Final Score- [6/10]
Reviewed by - Leigh Doyle
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