At a first glance, Ginny & Georgia feels like a mother-daughter story. This plot, however, gets complicated when their deep dark secrets follow and haunt them as these two characters try to fit in a new habitat. Thus, the major theme of the series is, “Will Georgia ever be able to wipe off her past life and provide a new start to her children?” or her children will commit the same mistakes and be forever stuck in a loop?”
Narrated in 10 episodes of 50 minutes each, Ginny & Georgia is directed by Sarah Lampert.
‘Ginny & Georgia’ Season 1 Summary
The story begins with Ginny, Georgia, and Austin miller who shifts to a new town, Wellsbury in England. Now, the peculiar thing about Georgia and Ginny’s relationship is that Ginny is 15 years old and Georgia is in her late 20s, which means she had Ginny when she was of her age. Georgia had a horrifying past. She was sexually assaulted by her stepfather and ran away from home at a tender age. She, thereafter, met all the wrong guys in her life and created a mess. Her motive to shift to Wellsbury is to start again after the sudden demise of her ex-husband, Kenny, who died of a mysterious heart attack.
Staying with an immature mom who constantly changes towns and husbands-like seasons, is not easy, but Ginny and Austin have to face the wrath. Due to this constant shifting, Ginny never had any real friends and for Austin, he is a struggling kid. Ginny is Georgia’s first child from her first unofficial marriage with Zion Miller. She is half-bred, Zion a black man, and Georgia a white woman. The outlook and discrimination regarding the mixed skins create complications in Ginny’s life which cause some teenage problems in her life, like feeling lonely at times, wanting constant validation, existential crisis, and so on.
Now, as the mother-daughter and the son move to the new town, there begins their new life, with new people around. In school, Ginny makes some good friends for the first time, but they suffer from some similar kind of teenage complications and everyone is fighting their own battle. Ginny, who tries to blend in with the teenage crowd, soaks their issues as well, and battles with teenage issues like relationships, first sexual experience, parties, bitching, and so on. Ginny has to face and tackle her mother’s past conflicts as well.
Georgia married all the wrong men because of circumstances and sometimes because of liabilities. It not only took away Georgia’s innocence but also turned her into a warrior. A cynical warrior, maybe. Georgia’s and Ginny’s major conflict is that Georgia has done it all, and thus, she is overprotective of Ginny. In short, Ginny is not allowed to do the mistakes that Georgia did, which makes Ginny feel chained. Even in school, people’s opinions and perceptions suffocate her. Georgia is really pretty, young, and charming and Ginny’s existence is overshadowed by her mother’s aura. Ginny & Georgia explores the constant friction between Ginny and Georgia as they try to blend with new people, new towns and combat Georgia’s past, which keeps making their life miserable from time to time.
On the script level, Ginny & Georgia is a wide canvas that tries to incorporate too many strokes but fails to highlight any. It doesn’t make an impact with any of the layers it promises. For the first few episodes, some gripping voiceovers by Ginny who narrates the story or minutest details about her mother’s character really grab your attention. But all those build-ups, amount to nothing in the long run, as the series quickly loses its focus. At a moment, it becomes a loud chatter that is speaking too many things and not meaning anything. Undeniably there are some really cute moments in the series that are going to make you tickle or blush, but then, in the end, it all feels like a compilation of cute scenes rather than a compelling story in itself. Sure you can write engaging dialogues like Tarantino to hook the audience, but what are the use of all show and no go? The characters give sane sweet advice, but they all sound like dialogues rather than the character’s own words. I’ll not even discuss character or character arcs, but there aren’t any. It’s all too faded.
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‘Ginny & Georgia’ Ending Explained
Georgia finally receives the money from Kenny’s will after she digs and steals his body from the grave to stop further investigation in the case. It was Georgia who killed Kenny because he was sexually harassing Ginny, and the event made Georgia remember her own past. A mother ardent to not let her past get repeated to her children can go to any extent and that’s what Georgia did. However, when the private investigator, Gabriel Cordova hired by Kenny’s ex-wife informs Ginny about her mother’s illicit crimes, Ginny can’t digest the conflicts further.
A mother who tried to stop the loop from repeating fails in the last. Ginny burns the house (not shown visually) and leaves with Austin on an old bike in their garage. Thus, at sixteen, Ginny actually becomes her mother, a run away from home with a child to support. The past repeated itself again.
Georgia, on the other hand, is celebrating Mayor Paul Randolph’s re-election. They are engaged and she is looking forward to spending a happy-hereafter living with him, unaware of the fact, that her children have already left town without her, in fact running away from her.
The private investigator, Gabriel learns that it was not only Kenny whom Georgia killed, but one of her past husbands are missing too. In the second season, the series will continue with its exploration of Georgia’s past, as she will also try to find Ginny and Austin. Ginny and Austin will be initiating their new lives without their mother and their survival will be depicted in the second season as well.
It would be genuinely apt to call Ginny & Georgia, a SITCOM rather than drama because it doesn’t fulfill the basic necessity of a drama, that is the story arc. The creators have created some flashy, flossy characters who are doing great to entertain you, and if it’s enough, then that’s all you get from the series, entertainment. Acting-wise? Well, emotional scenes are a test of an actor’s abilities and in Ginny & Georgia, they used too much glycerin, I guess. The tears were only in the eyes, not in the soul.
If you want to get yourself smothered in cute sweet moments of teenage life, to feel a bit less lonely, then maybe you can binge the series or just some episodes, once in a while. It doesn’t make an impact, after all.
Ginny & Georgia Season 1 is streaming on Netflix.
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