You can't get any more zeitgeist-y than Quarterlife, the new MySpace web-show that bills itself both as from "the creative minds behind My So-Called Life" and a "new social-networking site for artists, thinkers, and doers." What's not to like, except for the whole social-networking thing? Oh, right.
There have been 13 ten-minute episodes so far, and here's what you've missed: our girl Dylan is a considerably less-endearing, blander Angela Chase in her twenties who works at "Women's Attitude" magazine and doesn't know what to do with her life. Then she starts blogging because she's a "writer," often addressing her webcam directly between bouts of pacing her bedroom.
She lives with a bunch of her friends—all stock characters straight from the "twentysomething character handbook" that surely must be out there somewhere—and there is actually a lot of sexual tension between the male and female members of her household! They're just like you: they worry about selling out a lot, and people at work forget their names sometimes.
Sadly, the website Quarterlife and its social-networking capabilities is actually used and referenced in the show. You can even "upload and share media—across the web!" The show also features people sitting around using computers quite often, which, as we all know, is inherently fascinating.
The Quarterlife-as-interactive-experience website is absolutely stuffed with content—some of it vaguely humiliating—that no quarterlifer in possession of anything even resembling a life would ever be able to slog through. There's a column by Alexandra Robbins—not the author of the show's script, but the author of "Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis," whose columns range from "How Do I Get Over My Fear of Failure?" to "One Reason It Rocks to Be a Twentysomething Today."
"We were all geniuses in elementary school, but apparently the people who deal with us never got our transcripts, because they don't seem to be aware of it," Dylan says in an early episode.
Apparently NBC got the transcripts, because they picked it up the series, written by Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick from MSCL and thirtysomething. TV-watchers, someday soon you are in for a lot more dialogue like that!