With the end of Pretty Little Liars comes Freeform’s next, hopeful, lady-loving hit, The Bold Type, which focuses on three women as they endure the rough magazine world, and rough world in general.
The Bold Type premiered Season 1 Episode 1, “Pilot,” and Season 1 Episode 2, “O Hell No,” together, so we got a double-dose of these women on their quest to greatness and satisfaction. For a network that is so often just focusing on relationships, this series has started off the complete opposite: it’s about these women finding themselves in their work, rather than in their men (or women). This is the feminist series everyone’s been waiting for.
Season 1 Episode 1
We’re introduced to Jane, Sutton, and Kat at a very normal time in all of their lives. It’s not their first day at the magazine or anything like that; no, Jane’s just gotten promoted to being a writer, while Kat escaped the assistant trenches two years prior to be the Social Media Director, and Sutton is still working her way to finding where exactly she wants to be at Scarlet Magazine.
So, the only real change in their lives is Jane’s promotion. Which gives us an ease into the lives of these ladies and makes us feel like one of them. There’s no significant event that starts off the show, it’s just a natural time to begin. That’s just one of many praises for the series.
Jane is a small-town Colorado girl who moved to the city with big dreams and she’s achieved those dreams, while we don’t know much about Kat or Sutton yet, other than that Kat was “overly praised” as a child and that’s where her confidence lies. The writers are doing everything they can to paint these three ladies as being “normal,” but not taking away what truly makes them special, which is a blessing because more people can find their themselves in the characters.
The pilot was a little rocky; it definitely seemed the writers didn’t quite know where they wanted to go or what they were going to do with the characters, which is why we saw Jane writing “How To Stalk Your Unstalkable Ex,” which thankfully turned into “How To Get Over It When the Guy You Love Leaves You At A Train Station.” Also, Sutton’s main story was her relationship with board member, Richard Hunter, and her friends finally finding out about that.
Meanwhile, Kat was given the interesting story of working with Adena, a proud, muslim lesbian, and trying to get her to give her consent to an article scratched at the last-minute. From there, it turned into Adena being held unfairly in her home country’s airport due to contraband (vibrators), and Kat had to learn the hard way that she (and social media) can’t fix everything. Unfortunately, it seems like Kat’s had a relatively easy life, so The Bold Type is going to be teaching her the real lessons the hard way.
And bless the writers for making Jacqueline a boss bitch, rather than a bitch boss. Jacqueline is the boss everyone wants and she’s really very noble and respectful. She’s fought her way to running Scarlet, but she’s also empowering, understanding, and very caring, especially toward her employees. We’ve only seen the beginning of how she’s trying to help these girls grow, and it’ll be interesting to see how her time on-screen will develop as the series progresses.
Season 1 Episode 2
“O Hell No!” focused mainly on Jane’s never having an orgasm when she’s assigned a “Best Orgasm” piece by Jacqueline. Despite being in a relationship for so long, Jane’s never had an orgasm and has always faked it, leading to a wonderful article about how many women fake it and why it shouldn’t be a shameful thing if they don’t have one.
Also in this episode is Jane’s love interest, Ryan (Pinstripe), a sex and relationship writer from a competing men’s magazine. While it was a concern of mine how the series would handle the girls in relationships, the series does it wonderfully. Ryan is just a guy in Jane’s life, and his story only empowers hers. As you’ll see in coming episodes.
The series successfully creates a healthy, feminist environment between the three girls and their boss, and puts a bit of everyone in each girl. There’s something relatable about all of them, and while you may identify heavily with one (for me, it’s Jane), the others are just as interesting to watch. Scarlet is like a dream job, and while it’s sure to have struggles in the coming episodes, let’s just focus on what we have now: three young women working for a magazine they love and not being dragged down by relationships, but built up by the environment they work in and the people they interact with.
The Bold Type is the series everyone has been asking for.
What did you think of The Bold Type Season 1 Episode 1 and 2? Will you be sticking around? Which girl do you identify most with? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!