By: Escher Walcott
On Feb. 14, High Fidelity crashed onto Hulu screens as the perfect anti-Valentine offering. Opening up with a tumultuous breakup scene, I knew I was in for a heavily loaded, trigger-happy season. Inspired by the 2000 cult movie hit of the same name, High Fidelity centres around record store owner Robyn Brooks (played by Zoe Kravitz) and her tales of single life living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Forever my style icon, Zoe Kravitz fronting this show immediately got me excited and rightly so, as she brings such a convincingly real portrayal to Rob’s character as well as a dry sense of humor, which I instantly appreciated. Appearing cool with a casual swag about her, Rob is actually burdened with insecurities as many of us are. As she tries to navigate herself as a single woman moving through a millennial world, there are many key moments I could identify within this show that define the single experience so perfectly in this day and age.
GETTNG BACK ON THE DATING HORSE
At the beginning of Episode 1, Rob’s brother calls her up attempting to set her up on a date as it’s been a year since her breakup. “Have I introduced you to Caleb?” he asks. So, when is it time to move on? Everyone takes breakups differently which is why there is no clear answer to this question. What is for certain is that whenever you do get back out there it will always be nerve-wracking, you just have to bite the bullet. Rob does and decides to go on a date – too bad, she tries to make a dash for it halfway.
STALKING YOUR EX’S NEW BOO ON INSTAGRAM
In Episode 3, Rob discovers to her outrage that her British ex Russell is back in town and booed up with a woman named “Lily”. Practically brimming at the mouth at the thought, Rob whips out her phone and – you guessed it – stalks her on social media. We’ve all been there. “I just want to know what kind of person she is.” To her dismay, Lily doesn’t appear that bad.
MAKING OUT WITH A GUY WAY TOO YOUNG FOR YOU
When Rob meets hot Scottish rocker Liam in Episode 3, sparks fly instantly and before she knows it, she’s at his place enjoying a full make out sesh. As things get friskier, Liam lets slip that his last relationship ended a year ago after graduating from high school. Err, excuse me? I froze along with Rob. Age may just be a number, but there’s got to be a limit people!
SABOTAGING YOUR RELATIONSHIP BECAUSE YOU’RE IN PANIC MODE
In Episode 9 its revealed that Rob slept with someone else the night her ex had proposed to her. “I was freaking out…I wasn’t ready!” She confesses to Russell emotionally. Although she’s been obsessing over her ex up until now, the fact that she so impulsively cheated on him in the past begs the question – did she truly love him in the first place?
DISREGARDING A POTENTIALLY GREAT LOVE INTEREST
Remember that first date Rob went on in Episode 1? Well, his name was Clyde and he was a pretty decent guy. After a night of passion, the pair decided to cool things down and become friends. The pair have chemistry and clearly Clyde would love to pursue something more with Rob, but she continues to hold back. It’s not until Episode 10 that she realizes she could fall for Clyde, which proves possibly too late.