Euphoria: Potomac Falls’ Take


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What do PFHS students think of the show of the popular HBO show that concluded its second season on Sunday, Feb 27.

Euphoria is a show streaming on HBO Max that became extremely popular after its release in 2019. The show follows a group of high school students struggling with identity, love, friendship, and more. Millions were blown away by season one and couldn’t wait for another. After Covid-19 hit, the release of season two of Euphoria was delayed for over two years. People either love or hate the series, so, what do some people at our school think of it?

I’ll give my review first: I adore Euphoria. It’s so beautifully put together and touches on a lot of issues students may face in high school. While I think it’s a bit unrealistic in a lot of areas, I’ve heard that it actually depicts LA high schools very well. Regardless, I think the actors and actresses are perfect for their roles, and the series is unbelievably good. I was blown away by the first season and even more so by the second. The cinematography is one of the best aspects of the show and one of the top reasons it’s so incredible.

Millions of people are very fond of the show, including senior Anya Datta. “I really love it. The way they did Rue’s episode was so powerful and so beautiful. It showed the raw pain and craziness that comes with addiction and that was so intense. And the relationships and the toxicity is so real. It’s literally immaculate. It’s a 10 out of 10,” said Datta. She had been streaming the show since it first came out in 2019 and was super excited for the second season.

Another student who is a fan of the series is senior Koryn Lai-Harris. She only started watching Euphoria when she caught wind of the second season approaching. “I watched it later than probably a lot of people, but I love it just the same. The writers and crew really slayed, especially this season. Every episode is so iconic and crazy. It’s like a 1,000 out of 10,” said Lai-Harris. 

While most people I know who’ve watched Euphoria are fans of it, some just can’t get into it. “I watched season one, but it’s a bit too extreme for me. Some episodes are a bit uncomfy. I get that it’s supposed to be emotional and raw, but it’s just not for me. It’s a five out of 10,” said junior Carlota Echeverri. The series’ themes are a little intense, and this may be too much for some.

Whether you like the series or not, Euphoria is without a doubt a show unlike any other. It covers each character’s own problems and highlights the struggle of dealing with them. Some claim the series glorifies addiction, violence, and sex, but others think it serves as a warning sign against these issues. According to Oxford Languages, euphoria is “a feeling or or state of intense excitement and happiness.” The series contrasts this definition and brings the dark side along with the light.