I Am Not Okay with This Takes on Netflix and Portrays Teen Angst with Superpowers


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Caedyn Lipovsky, News/Opinion Editor

Angst. It’s something most of us experience as teenagers. We are all experiencing new feelings and changes, and sometimes that can cause us to become extremely irritable. Many series and movies show this feeling in a typical perspective. For example, To All the Boys I Loved Before show the usual boy meets girl situation with the characters experiencing new feelings that they’ve never felt before. However, the new Netflix series, I Am Not Okay with This, takes on a new perspective, portraying these feelings in a literal and catastrophic way. 

The series is based on the perspective of its main character, Syd Novak, portrayed by IT star, Sophia Lillis. Syd is a teenage girl who has just lost her father to suicide and is faced with new feelings of anger and confusion. In addition to these new feelings, she also experiences sudden episodes where she gets so angry or panicked that she breaks or moves something. At first, she is in denial, but after she angrily throws a rock at a sign and it tumbles backward, she realizes that she might have “superpowers.” In addition to these newly discovered superpowers, she also struggles with her sexuality, where she is trying to figure out if she likes the odd boy next door, Stanley Barber, or her best friend, Dina. All of these emotions lead up to the plot ending, but you would need to watch the series to see. 

The series is definitely one to watch with Rotten Tomatoes giving it an 82% stating that, “as awkward and charming as adolescence, but with twice the supernatural twists, I Am Not Okay With This‘ first season at times veers into shallow territory, but Sophia Lillis’ strong performance keeps it afloat.”