13 Reasons Why You Should Just Watch 'The Get Down'

13 Reasons Why You Should Just Watch 'The Get Down'

Netflix's sorely overlooked masterpiece is being left behind yet again.

With the new show "13 Reasons Why" arriving on Netflix within a week of Part 2 of "The Get Down," one of Netflix's most innovative shows has once again been swept under the rug. The first part of "The Get Down" premiered at the same time as "Stranger Things" and is still being left in the shadow of other Netflix series without any of the credit it deserves. So, in honor of the second part of season one's premiere, here are thirteen reasons you should binge "The Get Down" before anything else:

1. The plot.

There are a dozen storylines in "The Get Down," with everything from romance and crime to big dreamers and rebellious teenagers, but they're all interconnected by the central characters and their relationships to themselves and to their futures.

2. The aesthetic.

If you liked the style and look of movies like "The Great Gatsby," "Moulin Rouge," or "Romeo + Juliet," you'll want to watch "The Get Down." All three movies were directed by the director of this show, Baz Luhrmann, and the colorful, loud, rapid and magical feeling essential to his work is just as prominent here. The show is just gorgeous to look at.

3. The music.

"The Get Down" is essentially a hip-hop musical, since it centers around the creation of hip-hop and the dreams of a team of boys about to create a new style of music and a young soon-to-be disco star. The show is filled with original songs as their dreams begin to take shape. Also, not coincidentally, stars from Broadway's famous hip-hop musical, "Hamilton," appear throughout, so it's always exciting to spot them.

4. The characters.

Every character in "The Get Down" is worth writing about, since even the minor ones are given full stories and fleshed out characters, but my personal favorites are Mylene and Dizzee, mainly because they are so hopeful and have such bright dreams for their future. Other characters like Zeke, Shao, Yolanda and Regina are also fan favorites, but each character that appears on screen has some level of development and gives the show its bright, charismatic color.

5. The new look at coming of age stories.

Most recent coming of age stories center around the average suburban teen trying to make it through high school (like a certain recent Netflix release), but "The Get Down" is able to take the coming of age story and place it in the hands of young black and Latino artists in 1970s Bronx as a cultural and artistic revolution is taking place, giving that classic idea of teens finding their place in the world a new, creative look.

6. The history.

"The Get Down" is not simply a work of fiction. It is based in the real history of the creation of hip-hop and the Bronx of the 1970s. The show is filled with real footage from the 1970s used to set the scene and has characters react to actual historical events, like the blackout of 1977, which becomes a major plot point in the first part of the season.

7. The high energy.

Everything from the music to the story to the cinematography offers this bright and exciting energy that rarely dies down, so every moment feels like a dance and has a beat, leaving you still feeling it after you finish every episode.

8. The humor.

This show has some hilarious one-liners and quotable moments. I don't want to spoil any of them, but Zeke and Shao's fight and the entire crayon scenario are golden.

9. The writing.

The point of view character, Zeke, is a poet, so naturally all of the writing is as beautiful and over the top as possible. The dialogue is natural and funny most of the time, but then the writers will conjure up moments like Zeke saying he feels "calm almost like how God must be calm, you know, Mylene? Calm from loving," so writers especially should consider watching and learning this.

10. The costumes.

The 1970s setting brings some incredible outfits in the worst and best ways. Mylene's dresses are to die for.

11. The cast.

Many of the central characters are played by actors who were not so well-known before the show's release and who bring something really special to the show. It does feature some bigger names like Jimmy Smits and Jaden Smith, who are incredible, too, but the lesser known actors help emphasize the idea of kids trying to make it in the world.

12. The hopeful outlook.

This show has such a bright outlook, even in the worst situations, that so many current shows and characters in media lack. Through whatever hardships it has its characters go through, there's an overwhelmingly hopeful feeling to the show that is so refreshing.

13. The run-length.

The show only has eleven episodes at this point, so it's easy to start and finish. The first episode is film-length, but don't let it discourage you, because it's definitely worth it once you've started.

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Before you start doing any planning, you’ll need to come up with some kind of a theme. As long as it’s something that would appeal to the majority of college students, it can be just about anything. Once you’ve decided what yours will be, you can start telling all your friends about the great party you’re about to throw for them. Here are some ideas to get you there.

Pirate Theme

Dressing like a pirate has become a popular trend nowadays and not without good reason. Pirates are respected individuals of the past and have a reputation for being both mysterious and in touch with their wild side. Can you think of anyone like this? As college students, you and your friends may find these to be familiar traits of your own, too. A room full of young people dressed as pirates sounds downright intriguing. Your guests are sure to play their roles well even if they aren’t any good at acting.

Medieval Characters

If you’re not into the whole pirate theme, you can always try a Medieval costume party. I’ve seen plenty of these on offer at Costume Collection so you shouldn’t have trouble finding the one to match your party theme. Since the costumes are quite unique and inviting all on their own, you won’t have to rely so much on your actual invitations for getting your friends to come. Whether you or your classmates choose to be a Medieval princess or a simple peasant, you can further set the theme, by using glassware that looks just like the ones that were used in that era. 

As a matter of fact, you can incorporate the theme into the food you’ll be serving in a few different ways. Cupcake sword and shield toppers, for example, will both excite and amuse your guests like nothing else will. You can be extremely creative with the Medieval theme. For this reason, your party will be a big success with even your hardest to please college friend.

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Your anime lover friends will absolutely love you for this, so don’t be afraid to clearly overdo it on this one. Ninjas, school girls, and demons, are all welcome guests at this party. White, vampire inspired candles with dripping blood and ninja star napkins are sure to impress these partygoers. If you want to make your costume party stand out from the others your friends have been to, you can try some of these ideas. You’ll make the overall atmosphere of the party even more fun, by getting everyone together to act out a scene or two from your favorite anime or manga.

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30 Classic Vines To Awaken Your Once-Lifeless Soul

Vine is coming back and so is my happiness.

Vine, the beloved social media outlet that could turn six, short seconds into endless laughter. Every time someone quotes a vine, my once lifeless soul, is shortly awoken. When I hear the sweet sounds of "He on X games mode" or "I'm in me mum's car, broom broom," my eyes lighten-up and my heart skips a beat.

On behalf of society, I think it's reasonable for me to say: We miss you Vine.

We miss Gavin, Jared, Mrs. Kesha, and all the other weirdos Vine has blessed us with. But, as it's said, "in every darkness there's a light," and this light is Vine 2. Since there has been talk of Vine making a comeback, I have decided to create a list of some iconic vines that make me feel less deceased on the inside. Here are 30 Vines everyone needs in their life!

^ Vine resurrecting from its Internet grave and coming back into our lives.

1. "I love you biiiiitch, I ain't ever gonna stop loving you, BIIITCH"


This vine taught me that chivalry is, in fact, not dead.

2. "What up, I'm Jared, I'm 19.."

To this day I wonder if Jared ever learned how to read.

3. Take On Me Girl

4. The adorable avocado kid

This kid that taught all of us to always appreciate our Christmas gifts, even if it is just a single avocado.

5. FR E SH A VOCA DO

6. "Hi, my name is Trey"

We are all rooting for you Trey. I hope you still have shoe game.

7. I AM CONFUSION

I say "I AM CONFUSION" about 50 times a day.

8. IRIDOCYCLITIS

9. Corbin Bleu from Jump In?

An honest mistake.

10. Wow

I cannot say the word "wow" without saying it in his voice.

11. I can't swim

12. Barbecue Sauce

A personal favorite.

13. "Okay"

14. Chipotle

This one's for all my basic girls out there.^

15. Gavin

The poster child of Vine.

16. Adam!

17. This is my jam

Everyone loves a good dad joke.

18. Would you please not eat my pants?

College is the goat and I am the woman.

19. It's freakin bats

God bless the seasonal vines.

20. Mrs. Kesha

Everyone loves Mrs. Kesha.

21. Chili's

This is gold.

22. Saxophone King

Such beauty. Such grace.

23. A potato flew around my room

Wow. What a deep song.

24. If your name is Junior

We all deserve to be as confident as Junior.

25. That is not correct

26. I wanna take a nap

Me 24/7.

27. Country boy I love you

This is actually me from when I was in middle school.

Just kidding.

28. When no one in the group chat answers you

Happens to all of us.

29. Two shots of vodka

30. Hello

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