Trinkets is reminiscent of many other high school dramas that are currently streaming on Netflix.
This post for Trinkets Season 1 is spoiler-free.
Based on the novel of the same name by Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith, Trinkets (2019, created by Amy Andelson, Emily Meyer and Smith) features a trio of female teens—Moe (Kiana Madeira), Tabitha (Quintessa Swindell) and Elodie (Brianna Hildebrand)—from the same high school, who become unexpected friends after bonding with each other at a Shoplifters Anonymous meeting.
To be honest, the only reason why I bothered watching the first season of Trinkets is because I love any shows that are set in high school. But after watching the 10-episode season, I feel like this series is reminiscent of many other high school drama programmes that are already on Netflix. I for one found Trinkets to be very similar to Netflix UK’s Sex Education, with the exception of the main plot being different—one is about sex; another is about stealing.
Trinkets promoted itself as a show about kleptomaniacs—this is accurate, but however, as you continue watching you will find that the series is very much grounded and focused on the lives of Moe, Tabitha and Elodie, rather than being entirely about stealing things.
I feel that the series has an eloquent take on depicting the struggles of high school misfits, but TBH, Netflix has been pushing out the same kind of content (referring to the variety of teenage shows) recently which makes me think—what’s the point of investing in the same content all the time? People will get bored eventually especially if the TV characters aren’t that interesting.
With so many youthful content being promoted by Netflix, audiences will find that many supporting actors who star in Trinkets have previously starred in other Netflix titles before. Do you remember the high school jock Scott from 13 Reasons Why who was not a dick like his pals? Well, you certainly won’t love him in Trinkets because he plays a douchebag character named Brady (Brandon Butler). Another character who appears in Trinkets from 13 Reasons Why is Tony’s mysterious older boyfriend Brad, who plays Luka (Henry Zaga) in here. Do you also remember Brook’s best friend Murph from The Perfect Date? Well, he’s unlike anything from the movie, as his character Noah (Odiseas Georgiadis) has a much cooler and confident persona in Trinkets.
Something that I found interesting about Trinkets is its effortless and organic representation of the LGBTQ community. It’s so apt and timely of Netflix to promote this series during #PrideMonth as it goes in line with their whole @prism campaign. Coincidentally, two out of the three lead actresses are also part of the prism campaign.
While Trinkets fails to offer any unique character arcs or major plot lines that makes sense, the series makes up for that by having an incredibly vibey soundtrack and characters that are full of heart. I would only recommend you to watch Trinkets if you have time to kill and you love watching strong female friendships unfold. If not, please give Trinkets a miss.