By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
The Home Box Office or HBO was founded back in the early '70s starting a whole new way to enjoy television, advertising ever since as an exclusive media broadcaster that promises to deliver the best quality programming out there. Critics are almost obligated to review HBO’s programming which is usually found very good by them, but the audience is not and some even say that their programming could be overestimated.
Skateboarding has mainly had reality TV shows featuring a famous or several famous skateboarders, shows like “Viva La Bam” “Life Of Ryan” and “Rob and Big” and that is as far as it could go, of course, we could also discuss cartoons or preteen TV-shows like “Rocket Power” which was huge back in the 2000s and if you still skate to this date and you're in your late 20s now, you probably saw it!
The Future Of Skateboarding TV
Now, we can't just focus on mainstream media of course, there are specialized channels (not only on tv) but also other sources of information like Zines and YouTube where we can get our favorite skateboarding related content, and let's face it, not a lot of people watch tv anymore so now you can find almost every channel as an online platform pretty similar to Netflix, and there has not been a “big budget production” for a long time involving skateboarding in a platform like HBO, but is it worth it?
Camille, Honeybear, Indigo, Janay and Kirt are planning to take you on a journey on the highly male-dominated skateboarding scene of NY, Focused on a spin-off of the movie released in 2018 “Skate Kitchen” by the same director Crystal Moselle, the series is a very promising “skateboarding drama” but we feel is mostly focused on other topics such as love affairs and the overall fight of the crew to be able to stand out in skateboarding world of new york, HBO is appealing to this new kind of style after the HUGE success of “Euphoria” and the style in this show is somewhat present but placed on a skateboarding context, which is also cool!
Acclaimed by Critics
The 6 episode series has been highly approved and rated an average of 7 out of 10 which is not bad at all, Rotten Tomatoes says the series is: "Earnest, audacious, and effortlessly cool, Betty captures the spirit of skating and friendship with style." Yet again, we are not so sure if those who wrote this know what the “spirit of skating” is at all.
We will leave it to your criteria, once you see it, let us know how you feel about it! We can tell you this much, the series seems a little of a skateboarding cliché but it involves topics that are there and we need to discuss! It's also a very good way to have a look at the contemporary skateboarding scene from a female perspective and it's overall going to be of great company for you especially now being confined to our homes and not being able to skate.
Another positive aspect is that the girls in the series actually skate and they are what's called “natural actors” meaning that you at least won't have to see someone pretending to skate and these girls ARE actually a part of the NYC skateboarding scene. Rachelle Vinberg, Nina Moran, Dede Lovelace, Kabrina "Moonbear" Adams and Ajani Russell have inspired a whole new generation of girls to go out and skate and stand up against those dudes that keep telling them to “go back to the kitchen”.
First episode premiered May 1st, we are still waiting for the next 5 and if you already watched “Skate Kitchen” we are pretty sure you are going to enjoy this SHIT®!
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