Exploring the art of storytelling.
The writers took a big leap in season 5b. A full year has passed since the previous episode of Awkward. The characters are back home for the summer after their first year away at college. This was a big risk taken by the Awkward writers, but it was a smart move. This gives the show a fresh start, and I have no idea what to expect.
At the beginning of “I’m the Kind of Girl Who Found Her Voice in College,” Jenna got a phone call. “Yeah, of course I’ll pick you up. Yep. Meet you at the curb. Hey! Do you want to spend the night? Yay. Ok. Can’t wait. I love you too,” she said to the person on the other line. Immediately, I wondered if it was Matty. Later on, we saw Jenna waiting in her car outside the airport. We saw Matty walk by carrying his bags. Could it have been Matty who called? But then Jenna hid and said, “Oh god, Matty! The one person I’d hoped I’d never have to see ever again.” Once again, we were tricked. Next, Tamara appeared and we found out that she was the one who had called Jenna. This whole beginning was well executed. Immediately, it pulled me in… what happened to Jenna and Matty?
Obviously, a focus of “I’m the Kind of Girl Who Found Her Voice in College” was that Jenna had finally found herself (hence the title). The costume crew did a great job of representing this through Jenna’s new wardrobe style.
I’m glad that this half of the season will focus on Jenna’s career and not just her love life.
Though, the big mystery of the rest of the season will be figuring out why Jenna and Matty broke up. Last we saw, they were happy and in love. What happened between them to make them feel so bitter towards one another? I have a feeling we won’t find out the truth for a while. Tamara and Jake don’t even know what happened.
I’m sick of the Jenna and Matty drama. It’s been going on for so long and it’s starting to get repetitive. We’ve been down this road before. I hope the writers have something new up their sleeves.