To be completely honest when Episode announced that they were doing a Pitch Perfect story I wasn’t that excited because I knew that there will be plenty of gem choices and things of that nature. When I found out there was an actual singing voices I thought that was pretty cool, but overall the story has a whole lot of drawbacks.
The gem choices weren’t that plentiful, but were placed shitly through out the episodes I could stomach. The one I remember the most is when you’re at audition and Beca offers to let you wear her old Bellas uniform from the first movie and you have to pay even though she offered it. If you don’t pay for the outcome you’re forced to perform in a towel in front of like a dozen people. Also I found out no matter how many gems you spend the Bellas still kick you off the team. I know it’s a game, but it’s sort of messed up.
Cliché Story Plots
I think the one I hate the most is the mean girl that plots against you for no reason which is Talia. Talia threatens to destroy you etc, etc. It’s nothing new. Then there’s Charlie, the boy you’re not supposed to be flirting with, but you do anyway. I honestly dislike Charlie more than Talia because in the first episode he’s pretty rude straight off the bat then his character does a 360 and he’s all nice and helpful with zero character development involved what so ever. And there’s a mysterious bad boy, who hates people. You meet him in the worst way possible also. You’re in a towel (the same one you will be forced to audition in if you don’t cough up some cash) and about to start showering and he’s in the bathroom showering as well and you here him sing. So MC gets it through her mind that throwing open his shower curtain while 9 times out of 10 would be butt naked. Even though he’s not mad it’s extremely creepy especially when you try to befriend him while wrapped in a towel.
The cast of the Pitch Perfect story is completely white unless MC is a person of color. There is one token person of color called Lolly I believe, but she say shit and acts extremely weird. The writers of the story erased every single person of color and member of LGBT community from the Bellas and even wrote Audrey into the story and she graduated off screen at the end of the second movie. I honestly don’t have a probably with any of the cast of PP, but it’s not cool how Episode failed to include minorities. It’s also extremely hypocritical because Episode has pushed for diversity in the past and even has standards, but they fail to follow their own rules (again.) As a person of color I am sort of hurt, but it’s just a game. The worst part is that Cynthia Rose and Lilly have been in EVERY Pitch Perfect movie unlike Hailee Steinfeld’s character, who is in the game. Flo who is played by a Latina actress named Chrissie Fit should have also been included, she’s been in two movies just like Emily. I just wanted to point out this was not okay.
Good job Episode Team!