Squaresville follows the adventures of two suburban misfit teens, as they struggle to remain best friends, grow up, and make the world a little better. And their adventures remind me of the kind I had when I was younger. Hanging out in parking lots waiting to be abducted by aliens. Guerrilla gardening. Figuring out life. That’s right. I did that growing up. (Maybe not the guerrilla gardening. Or the figuring out life, but I’m working on it.)
These girls are real and they’re awesome.
Mary Kate Wiles plays Zelda and her partner in crime is Ester, played by Kylie Sparks. These two knock it out of the park with their performances. They bring a real honesty to Zelda and Ester that I love. They make it look almost too easy, which makes it that much more impressive. These characters really come alive for me which make their stories seem so much more interesting.
Of course stories are interesting to me when I can find pieces of myself in characters. I see lots of pieces of me in Zelda and Ester. The other pieces of them are full of people I know or used to know. When you put all of that together you get characters that are “relatable.” I can watch a show with characters I relate to all day. That’s a great job by the actors and the writer in this and bodes well for me watching more of Squaresville.
Speaking of writing, let’s talk dialogue. I’m a little obsessive about dialogue and it’s one of the things that can make or break a show. If it sounds stilted or fake then I’ll turn it off before it’s even started. Dialogue in Squaresville is really well done. Yeah, these two are smart, but they don’t feel pretentious. It also doesn’t feel like a writer trying to sound like a teenager. That’s hard to do and Enlow nailed it. There are some great lines scattered around that make the show pop. My personal favorite so far is:
E: You don’t even know what you want.
Z: Doesn’t mean I don’t still want it.
Come on. Tell me you don’t love that.
I also have to say that after only seeing Episode 1 and a few clips, Mary Kate Wiles may be one of my new favorite actors online. She really does carry the show and is spot on for the part of Zelda. She’s got a great personality and charisma that jumps out of the screen. She reminds me a lot of Allison Scagliotti, which is a compliment. Don’t think I’m not keeping her in mind for a character or two (wait, what?) for Weird Girls.
At the end of the day, this is definitely a show you should watch. I honestly couldn’t stop thinking about how it almost seems like a sister show to what Weird Girls is going to be. Take a look at Episode 1 right now and let me know what you think.