Three teenage kleptomaniacs meet at a Shoplifter’s Anonymous meeting. They don’t have much in common, except that they all have their own troubles. Elodie just moved to Portland after her mother’s death. Tabitha, a beautiful girl with wealthy parents, seems to have a perfect life but has an abusive boyfriend. Moe has a dad in jail.
I didn’t really enjoy any of the teenage drama series on Netflix until now. Riverdale, 13 Reasons Why, Insatiable… None of them hit the mark for me. I thought, perhaps I’ve finally outgrown teenage dramas. But I did like Trinkets. I realized I’m always a sucker for some teenage angst. I have just grown tired of the way dramas are carried out.
I don’t like it when a series, especially with high school settings, that have some deep dark secret running through the series affecting all characters, like Riverdale and Pretty Little Liars. I know that some people very much enjoy the suspense of it all, but it just isn’t for me, because really, it’s a plot device rather than a reflection of the teenage experience. It feels forced, even for a work of fiction. Trinkets doesn’t have that. Just real issues that real teenagers struggle with. It feels scattered at times because there is no focus, but that’s kind of how life is.
The entire show centres on female friendship, which is what I loved. Otherwise, a pretty girl with not-so-perfect life, a socially awkward wallflower, and a delinquent-but-studious girl would be all too cliché. There are love interests, but they are, for the most part, inconsequential. Some might say, “What is even the point of these characters then?” But high school is the years of ephemeral love interests, so it didn’t bother me. I think this series is an appropriate portrayal of cloudy, incohesive, confusing nature of adolescence.
The gripe I had is how people who clearly aren’t in high school anymore are so nonchalant about dating and being physically intimate with someone in high school. Many shows have this and I just… eek.
There’s another review on Vulture that I think described the show nicely.