Daria: Season 3
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The people of Lawndale just don't get Daria Morgendorffer. See, Daria was born alienated, and now she's just trying to make it through high school with as little human contact as possible. Daria lacks enthusiasm, but she makes up for it with sarcasm.
Includes all 13 episodes plus interviews from the cast and crew!
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|Actors:||Wendy Hoopes, Julián Rebolledo, Ashley Albert, Marc Thompson Tracy Grandstaff|
|Number of Discs:||2|
|Run Time:||294 minutes|
|DVD Release Date:||July 25, 2012|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 10 reviews|
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A Thoughtful Parody of the 'Daria' persona. May 07, 2013
By Katie Ridenour
When I first saw this show over ten years ago, I was a teenager about Daria's age. I admired Daria's dry wit and intense cynicism. Her ability to take every comment from the people around her and turn it on its head--I loved it. As someone who was bullied and teased from Day One in school, I admired the hard exterior that Daria used to shield herself.
But I just recently got Amazon Prime and I have been re-watching this series. My perspective on it has changed vastly. It's incredible how age and experience can completely change the outlook on something you've known for a good chunk of your life. It struck me the most in Season Two--See Jane Run--where Daria shows her real self.
The 'Daria' persona is further examined in "Through the Lens Darkly"--where Daria considers getting contacts and has this big dilema over whether something paltry like contacts, change who she is.
It is basically, this: Daria is an average teenager. Though she is well-read, she is really not that much different from Quinn. She and Quinn, in fact, are both very intense, emotion-driven girls. Quinn simply took that and went the ultra-girly direction and Daria went to ultra-nerd direction. Quinn obsesses about clothes, Daria obsesses about books. Quinn's room is the proverbial lively-gregarious and Daria's is the death-desolation-solitude. Both of them are extremely caustic and hostile towards their parents--who appear to constantly try to show they care and get them what they want. When showing brief glimpses of home-videos, its always Daria that is picking on and antagonizing Quinn. So its no surprise that Quinn took her identity in the opposite direction of Daria's. She has a large group of admirers and shallow friends that Quinn notably does not seem to emotionally connect with--possibly shielding herself. While Daria has very few friends and even has people who are kind to her that she won't consider 'friends', but also allows very little to anyone except Jane.
Daria is the prototype of the 'emo' kid. That has a horrible stigma now, I know. but remember, this show was around before 'emo' kids. Daria has no real problems in her life. She's extremely smart and studious, her parents love her, her family is extremely wealthy and financially secure. Like a typical teenager, she refuses to communicate with her parents about her life and respond to all their questions with non-answers that they somehow handle with extreme patience. Daria is not miserable--because she has very little to be miserable about. She uses her studious nature and introverted-ness to learn a great deal--but then lords it over others that she perceives as not being as 'good' as her.
Don't misunderstand! This is not an insult! Daria is a normal teenager. We all thought we knew stuff that we really had no clue about when we were teenagers. I did it, you did it, Jesus did it.
Daria can be extremely selfish, manipulative and unreasonable. It really struck me most in the episode I referenced earlier "See Jane Run". Jane joins the track team to show the abrasive gym teacher that the Lanes are not deadbeats. Jane is very, very good. Daria cannot be happy for her friend. She is jealous, selfish and condescending the entire time that Jane is on the team. Now, they wrapped up the episode with this idea that Jane quit because she was upholding a moral bar. This was complete crap. Jane knew that the athletes were getting perks from the teachers before she joined the team. She didn't care about the corruption. She used it as an excuse--because she caved to Daria's constant criticism and snide comments. Jane might have been far more afraid of Daria ditching her for joining track, than Daria was afraid of Jane not having time for her.
It was an episode, for me, that really juxtaposed Jane and Daria. It showed how starkly different they are. Think about it.
Jane's family is basically non-existent. She lives with her older brother, who doesn't seem to have a real job. She has other siblings that we never see. Their house is always in shambles. Her mother doesn't care about her or about Trent and their father is virtually non-existent. Jane doesn't really do that great in school most of the time and doesn't care to do great. Her throw-away comment in the first episode "I like having low self-esteem, it makes me feel special." is far more cryptic when you see what her home-life is like. Her character serves as the less-cold foil to Daria's constant barrage of insults. But Jane's life is so tragic and hard--it seems like she should be the more caustic one. Yet, she isn't. She puts up with Daria's constant complaining and obsessing. She is always there for Daria--and always tries to encourage her in her own Jane-like way. She is a lot more mature than Daria. But she also appears to be a lot less emotional. Jane shows almost nothing but cool acceptance of everything that happens. She doesn't panic, isn't ecstatic, rarely gets angry and never cries.
When I first saw the show ten years ago, I thought how cool is was to have this smart, brutal outcast making biting social commentary about her classmates and teachers--showing them all what's what. Now that I'm older, I just see an extremely insecure parody of the 'emo/indie/tragic' persona.
Jane was the real tragic one--and, like most every truly tragic person--she kept it hidden, right out in the open. I wish that Daria could have shown more interest in Jane--asked about Jane's life---or tried to help her. If we could have explored more about Jane personally.
But, that was the beauty of the show. It was all about Daria. And showcased how Daria isn't really all that much better or different than the Fashion Club or others like them. She was just desperate to portray herself as that.
I'd love to see a spin-off about Jane, though. She and Trent are a fascinating couple of characters.
Hahaha, this review made me feel old. I've changed a lot.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Daria <3 Feb 10, 2013
Daria is a GREAT great great show. One of the classics. There isn't a show like it that equals its humor and still age appropriate.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Witty, dry, perfect! Jan 23, 2013
A perfect show for the unrelenting rebel in all of us. Season 3 is a great continuation of the story.
One of the best shows MTV ever produced May 19, 2013
By Dr Venture
There are three series, all produced by MTV, that are integral to understanding Gen X humor. The first is The State, the second is Beavis and Butthead, and the third, Daria. Running for five seasons, Daria explored and skewered the 90s high school experience with almost laser-guided precision. By the third season, the show was coming into its own, and began laying the foundation for serious character development in season four. Episodes like "Through a Lens Darkly" start exploring Daria's self-image, and contrasts her own sense of vanity with Quinn's shallow self-absorption (much to Daria's dismay, of course). "Jake of Hearts" has Daria confronting her dad's mortality and two morning radio show goons. I'll leave it to the viewer to decide which one is funnier. (Spoiler: It's the morning radio show goons.)
The season has its share of fun episodes. "It Happened One Nut" pairs Daria with perpetual bonehead Kevin in employment at a mall nut stand. Any viewer who's worked at a mall store will feel the pain of the mandatory nut shack greeting that Kevin continuously gets wrong. "Daria! -The Musical" inexplicably has everyone burst into song as a hurricane ravages Lawndale. S'okay, though, because it's funny.
Finally, the season finale, "Jane's Addition" lays the foundation for the more serious character development and story arcs of season four by introducing conflict between Jane and Daria in the form of Tom. The show has used Jane's greater interest in boys ("See Jane Run") to add a bit of conflict before, but the writers double down with the arc introduced in "Jane's Addition."
Daria hit the ground running, but really started to hit its stride with this season. Season four would only get better.
Classic May 19, 2013
By J. Broccoli
Everything I ever wanted in a woman.
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