I love it. I love this series so much!!!! First of all if you haven’t watched Girlboss you need to go and watch it now!!!! Second there will be spoilers in this review so you have your spoiler alert so no moaning!!
The series overall is amazing, I love the style of the series and the soundtrack is absolutely amazing(little side note – you can find a playlist with the whole soundtrack on spotify).
Favourite songs from the soundtrack are :
- Whistle (While You Work) – Katy Tiz
- Je Veux Te Voir – Yelle
- I’ll Come Crashing – A Giant Dog
The characters are great and the whole feel of the series is quite real to life. There are a few of the episodes that I didn’t like as much however all together I really really enjoyed this series.
Episode 1 – Sophia
The opening scene of the first episode just jumps straight into the story and introduces you to the main character, Sophia, straight away. This scene when her car runs out of petrol and her pushing the car really captures part of Sophia personality. Her characteristics are portrayed even more when the tram is behind her but she is not going to be told to get out of the road because she will get to the gas station which is just slightly up the hill. From her interaction with the tram driver it truly shows her “There is a problem with my car but I will deal with it by myself” attitude.
I think the speed of the storyline is brilliantly done because in under 10 minutes you are introduced to the main character, her best friend and her love interest. You are also introduced to Sophia’s personality and how she interacts with different people.
The intro to ebay is quite sly being that it is when she is searching up vintage clothes while at her job in the shoe shop. But this really starts of exploring Sophia’s love for clothes, especially vintage clothes.
I really like the scene where she has just gotten fired and she calls her best friend. She begins to well up however she doesn’t allow herself to overcome with sadness.
Also I liked that the first place she goes to cheer herself up after being fired is the vintage shop. This shows the happiness that Sophia links with clothes and vintage clothes. If that is through finding a one of kind piece or just browsing.
I loved the editing of the vintage store scene where she is looking through some of the clothes and when she picks up an item, she turns to the mirror and suddenly her reflection is in this whole outfit that fits perfectly around this top. This really emphasises Sophia’s creativitness.
The fact that Sophia has such an extensive knowledge about clothes is emphasised when she finds the jacket. This is the turning point in the story and it happens in under 20 minutes.
The scene following Sophia purchasing the jacket is brilliantly done. The music is high energy which emphaises the new found energy in Sophia. Sophia is filled with a hell of alot of confidence as she has that “Damn, I look goooood!!” feeling which is just enhanced by her checking herself out in the shop window
I also liked dinner scene as it showed the relationship between Sophia and her dad. It is as if Sophia has tried doing so many different projects or jobs but her dad is so used to her failing at them or giving up that Sophia’s hope and energy about starting an ebay business is thrown back in her face but her dad.
However even though her dad doesn’t believe in her she arrives at home she goes straight to taking a picture and uploading it onto ebay.
The end scene shows her humanity and just her lifestyle in general but once she sees the price her hopes are fulfilled.
I thought this was a great first episode as it introduced the characters very quickly, the storyline was fast paced and all together set up the whole series extremely well.
Episode 2 – The Hern
The start of this episode starts off where the first episode ended. I love the music in this scene as it emphasises Sophia’s happiness. I also love that she is just dancing around in celebration about the jacket.
Also Lionel, Sophia’s neighbour, is a great secondary character. Some of his lines are so sassy and are great come backs to Sophia.
^ This is one of my favourite interactions between them!!!
The editing in this episode is beautifully done. In a way the music is emphasising her happiness and once she gets the hern, her happiness ends and so does the music!!!
In this episode one of the main story lines is Sophia trying to find more one of a kind pieces of clothing to sell for more dolla!
The scene of her going through all of the different stores and looking is really nicely edited. It has a good flow to it but in each little clip she gets even more and more irritated. Before long she just goes back to the original place where she found the jacket. By then she is in such a rage that it brings some humour to the interation between Sophia and the guy in the vintage shop.
Again the editing for the scene where she is searching for the state sales is brilliant. I love the fact they have a search bar in the frame showing what she is typing. In addition I love that they had Sophia’s imagination of who the clothes used to own to shown through a little clip that it looks like Sophia is looking at the scene through her window.
The final scene is great, I love the climax of the episode. Her day has gotten worse and worse, finally it has all climaxed up to a point where she is just too much and she is literally being rained on her parade!! Her rant concludes all of the turmoil she has had to deal with during the day and it makes an unusual ending however her rant sums up all of the hurdles she dealt with in this episode.
Episode 3 – Thank You. San Francisco
The intro of this episode starts with Sophia being very creative with clothes. It basically shows her creativeness.
(Little side note – I would love Sophia to style me!!)
Also in under 10 minutes it introduces what the whole episode is about. She needs to find a name.
The scene of Sophia trying to brainstorm names for her ebay page is great. By editing it with her moving from different places shows the time that has passed and that she has changed her location slightly to try and give her some inspiration. Also the song totally fits the scene.
When Sophia is walking along with Shane I love the composition and the colourful streets that are used in the background.
I also really like how the conversation between Shane and Sophia flows quite nicely. They are really comfortable with talking with each other.
The way they look at each other it just lovely. But I don’t think Sophia realises that she is slowly falling in love with him.
Also through the majority of the time that Sophia and Shane were talking while in the streets, they were in focus however the background was blurred/out of focus so it was like they were in their own little world.
In addition after watching it for the third time (I love it!) you catch that Shane talks about cheating on his last girlfriend which foreshadows Shane cheating on Sophia. I thought this was done quite carefully because it is close to the start of the series that by the time she gets cheated on you forget about it.
The scene where they are up in the tower and are looking out at San Francisco, I really like the lighting on Sophia’s face. It highlights her face beautifully. Also I thought it was quite funny when the tourists began to pour into the view point.
After she finally finds a name during the bus journey she starts to over think the name and I think that really emphasises the pressure that she needs to find a name or she cant sell.
I also like that she finds her name from the bar where she usually goes to and the dancing/singing scene is brilliant!!!
Episode 4 – Ladyshopper99
This episode is one of my least favourite episodes as I just think that its an irritating episode. It is fine but not the best.
It is a strange beginning with the bride weeping over a dress and then we go to a flashback to Sophia having the dress sent back to her. I love her attitude in this scene when she says “Dis, colour be a stain” so good!
I thought the count down to til the wedding was quite good.
Also can we take a little second just to express how great Nathan and his mum are. The slight montage of Nathan, Sophia and Nathan’s mum at dinner is quite funny. It goes from a normal dinner and then suddenly they are eating ice cream and singing you raise me up.
From episode 3 we know that Sophia hates bridges, so it is quite funny to see her coping meganism for crossing the bridge which is running and screaming. Also the editing between her screaming and the screaming art thing at the art school is just hilarious.
I quite liked the last scene where from experiencing what Nathan’s relationship with his mum is like that she could have a good relationship with her dad. So when she calls him, it was like she was opening up her feelings to her dad and then had second thoughts and just decided to leave the relationship as it is.
Episode 5 – Top 8
Again this is another episode that I guess isn’t completely needed however it does show the progression of Annie and Sophia’s friendship.
I like the editing of showing what they are seeing through the camera, I thought that was quite creative.
The modelling scene is really funny, from the interactions between Sophia and Annie to the model eating a fly.
The whole theme of the episode was again introduced in under 5 minutes. It was all about My Space and the Top 8s on My Space.
It showed how much people cared about being in someone’s Top 8 as Annie said “it is the only public way to say you love some one” which I understand but it ain’t the end of the world.
This episode was made up of flashback through key moments in Annie and Sophia’s friendship.
I quite liked the flashbacks. They showed how much Annie and Sophia have grown as people and as friends.
My favourite flashback was the last one when they are going Coachella. I thought it was funny when the truck driving calls them helpless little girls. Then Sophia is like “We are not helpless little girls” which is followed by Annie going “Help me its too high.” This was a great little line that made me giggle.
Basically the message of this episode was that you need to remember that you are always going to have friends to rely on and help you but you need to be respectful to each others thoughts and what each other finds important. Even it is being on your My Space Top 8.
Episode 6 – Five Percent
The opening was kind of awkward for this one. I found the sex scene kind of cringy just because of how awkward it was but I think it was suppose to feel that way. The fact they were having sex on money was quite funny however still cringy.
I really liked the montage in this episode where Sophia gets into a routine. Getting a coffee, sitting/letting people through at the Art school, changing the price of the tops and so on. Before long she gets bored of the routine and I loved the editing of slowing down the music more and more to show that her world is slowly coming to a hault.
Basically her screaming fit is her finally exploding from anger and boredness of her now daily life.
I thought the aftermath of her surgery was quite funny because she is drugged up when she sees the money on the bed I thought it was funny when she said “It’s because I was having sex on you!!”
Also I liked it that Annie was the one that was there when she woke up.
The song at the end I really liked because it was actually an acoustic version of the song that was playing through the montage of her daily routine thing but because it’s the acoustic version it kind of shows that she is doing her own thing and not just copying everyone else.
Episode 7 – Long-Ass Pants
This episode had its good parts but mostly I thought it was fine.
I thought the opening sequence was good because it showed that Sophia was on a roll with her ebay business and it showed the progress and effort that she is putting into the business.
Also I liked the editing when they had the text from Annie read out by Annie just to emphasise how she would say it.
The editing is also great when she finds out she has had an article on a website written about her but the music stops when she scrolls down and looks at the comments. This kind of shows that her happiness (shown by the music) is pulled to a stop when she starts reading the hate comments.
I found it funny when she bought the Long Ass pants then suddenly finds out that Remembrances ended buying the pants/trousers from her aswell. Sophia’s reaction was brilliant.
After this bit I kind of thought the episode was a bit annoying. I find the girl from Remembrances really annoying.
I thought Sophia’s explanation on why she changes and sells the clothes was really nice. But I thought it was interesting finding out why the Remembrances girl wraps vintage clothes in acid free paper and so on as the clothes that were her mums is the only thing she has of her mum.
By the end of the episode I thought it was nice that they understood why each other did what they do. However I thought it was quite funny when Sophia goes back to old habits by upcycling the dress.
Episode 8 – The Trip
In this episode I found it funny when Sophia and Annie kept doing the “Road Trip” chant! The fact Sophia has a survival kit just highlights the type of person she is.
Little side note – I love Annie’s outfit.
The contrast between Sophia and Shane’s relationship and Dax and Annie’s relationship is really shown in this episode. At the start it is Annie and Dax that are arguing and Sophia and Shane who are all lovey dovey.
However I think it was good that Sophia and Shane had their feud because that is just life after being away from each other for so long they didn’t know how to deal with each other.
Also can we just highlight how awkward the shower scene was.
Episode 9 – Motherf*ckin’ Bar Graphs
The opening of this episode showed the reality of trying to run a clothes business from a tiny flat. I thought it was quite funny with the domino effect that results in the worst thing that could happen wine spilling on a shirt.
Also the scene of her renting office space is quite funny, again I love her attitude.
I also thought it was quite a throw back when Sophia was using the trusty paperclip on the computer to help her make a bar graph. Brings back memories.
The dinner scene with her dad in this episode is such a contrast to the first episode. It shows how much Sophia has grown as a person. She is on time, she is well put together and she has a buffer(shane) to help her.
I also liked how you think that the result of the dinner has gone bad because you hear Sophia saying Motherf*kin. But actually its praising the bar graphs, I thought that was clever editing/script writing.
When her dad is wanting to sign the form in his name, in a way it is saying he doesn’t trust her to keep up this business. That just really sucks.
At the end I liked the editing when they are in the huge warehouse and it starts to show what they are going to make the warehouse look like.
Episode 10 – Vintage Fashion Forum
In this episode I found the scene where Annie is typing away in the Fashion Forum and makes them saying things that have dirty meanings is quite funny.
I liked how they edited like they were having a little conference.
I was really irritated that Sophie didn’t realise the full extent of what Annie does for her.
Episode 11 – Garbage Person
I thought it was funny when Sophia shouts at the carollers. She doesn’t have anyone to help her get out of this slump and now that she has been blocked on Ebay and has lost Annie her daily life has been shattered.
The fact that she went and bought back the jacket that started this whole problem, I thought that was a bit extreme.
I liked the editing of her buying the ticket, then going on the plane then showing where she has arrived at. It just allowed the episode to flow quickly.
We are introduced to her mum is a lot like Sophia however unlike her mum Sophia is a lot more driven.
I found the play or musical thing really cringy and thought it was quite pointless.
I liked that she finally decides that her dad is still there for her (slightly) and decides to have Christmas with him.
Episode 12 – I Come Crashing
I really like the swooping shot that goes through all of the bar and then ends up with Sophia and Annie.
It was quite funny when they were mimicking each others laugh and then finally got back together as friends.
Sophia realises she needs Annie!!!!
I absolutely love their first Nasty Gal meeting. So dramatic and just rounds up how perfect their friendship is.
Also the montage of them getting ready for the launch is really nicely done, it is quite satisfying seeing all of the posted notes getting taken off the wall.
It was also quite funny when Annie used the steamer and was just going “YYYYEEAAHH, Open those pours.”
I love Annie so much and she is the voice of reason when Sophia is basically having a complete breakdown.
It is ironic that she goes to see Shane to get a breather from all of the stress but turns out he is just another bit of stress and she walks in on Shane cheating on her.
Episode 13 – The Launch
It is quite sad that Sophia thought that she had to fake happiness just to try and cope with the launch. Also I thought it was quite clever that every time Sophia was thinking about Shane cheating they would play that one song very quietly as if its niggling the back of Sophia’s brain.
I like the montage of Sophia and Shane in bed and she is just needing to explode but she has enough on her plate at the moment.
FINALLY she admits it and see says everything that she wanted to say. But she took her time.
The grand launch of the website was quite funny because Nathan uses the tiny scissors. Sophia shows how anxious she is about the launch when she starts to press the refresh button over and over. But again Annie, her voice of reason comes to save her.
I loved Sophia’s entrance to the now transformed Warehouse. The streamers are beautiful and its just looks fabulous in general.
The transition from Sophia looking at the laptop to her taking the cork of the champagne bottle with a sword is so well done. So smooth and we get to see her party trip!!!
However I think that it is quite sad that she was still not over the break up with Shane. But by the end of the episode when she goes into the warehouse the day after the launch the music and her attitude shows clarity in life and that she is ready to work her but off.
Now this was quite different from my usual film reviews. Overall I really enjoyed Girlboss and I will rewatch it a few more times.
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