I got the delightful honour to review the first episode of ‘Make It Pop‘. Please don’t let the suggested hype make you wary of watching this masterpiece, where an alleged tween show is actually a sinister, biographical, dark comedy.
The first character we meet is this white guy similar to Skrillex, named Caleb. He’s just a white guy trying to get by, making some sick beats, and paying off his unbearable debt. Classic white guy stuff, y’know.
Then Sun Hi or Sun Hee (I feel like it keeps changing) arrives, vlogging about pointless things like all vloggers do. What is this? It’s air. Wow.
This is when I realised this is a biographical dark comedy of Megan Lee’s real life. They both blog, she’s now competing in the American market with CL, and Corki represents the murderous intentions of the K-pop industry tracking her down in America. This is the greatest plot twist in history.
‘THE USUAL SUSPECTS’ EAT YOUR HEART OUT
Next we come across Jodi, who is sassy and confident. At the same time, she bumps into the deputy headmistress, who is also sassy and confident. So I feel we’re gonna get some knee-slapping laughs from their run-ins. The deputy headmistress comments on her SICK outfit, which apparently breaks some rules or whatever, but we’re all thinking it’s F L A W L E S S (NOT BAD MEANING BAD BUT BAD MEANING GOOD, YOU KNOW?). Jodi also makes her own clothes, which I did when I was a teen, so I feel really connected with her character.
We meet the aforementioned Corki later on in the episode, she’s like some violin-playing, spy, mad scientist, and likely a murderer too. She’s mysterious, and totally unwilling to treat Sun Hi as a human being. She doesn’t want Sun Hi uploading vlogs with her in it, likely because she killed a person and doesn’t want anybody to recognize her. Sick.
Also, the actress who plays Corki is a total babe. No idea what her age is, so please don’t kill me.
They all go to this sick as fuck school dorm place. Hogwarts can’t top this. It’s a totally real, totally a piece of modern art. Incredible.
There are loads of well written and heart-warming scenes in this episode. A few that really standout to me:
1. When Sun Hi really wants to be the lead. The whole school are in the hall, welcoming new students and stuff, normal hall things, when Sun Hi awkwardly stands up and flaps her arms about. Next thing we know, she’s fucking singing.
So compelling, when will your fave shows?
2. WHEN THEY MEET CALEB!!!!! This is my favourite part, guys. Sun Hi and Jodi introduce themselves to Caleb in the hallway, which is a TOTALLY NORMAL segue into how they hear his sick beats.
NOT SICK LIKE THE PLAGUE, SICK AS IN AWESOME, YOU KNOW?
3. Sun Hi and Jodi get locked in a locker … fuck. After finding out that their third roommate could be a mass murderer, they go on the hunt to find more information. But instead of doing anything productive they end up in CALEB’S locker, where they decided on having sex or something because they were trapped. PROGRESSIVE QUEENS, throw ‘Saving Face‘ in the trash, this is your new shit.
My rating: SICK out of 10. You’re welcome.