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Review- Paper Girls Ep. 1: Growing Pains

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Based on the comic book of the same name by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls begins on November 1st, 1988, where we meet Erin Tieng (Riley Lai Nelet), Tiff Quilkin (Camryn Jones), Mac Coyle (Sofia Rosinsky), and KJ Brandman (Fina Strazza), paper girls of the Stony Stream neighbourhood.

During her round Erin is jumped by a group of bullies, the other girls help her, and they run and hide in an unfinished house to recover one of Tiff’s walkie-talkies. Soon they run into two hooded men, if that was not weird enough the sky turns purple! The girls leave and head to Mac’s house.

On their way there the purple sky freaks them out as does all the flashing lights, Mac freaks out when she gets home and accidently shoots Erin with a gun. The girls try to get Erin to the hospital nut are grabbed by the same hooded men they met earlier and dragged to the woods.

Suddenly the men are ambushed and killed by a group identifying themselves as the “Old Watch”, one of whom gives Tiff a mysterious device before the girls run away and Erin is miraculously healed.

During a scuffle, KJ accidently kills an Old Watch member with her hockey stick prompting the girls rush back to Erin’s house where they find Erin’s older self (Ali Wong) in the year 2019.

Verdict: 6.5. The cast seem to gel well together, and I am optimistic this will grow further as the series develops it just seemed to all be a bit rushed for a first episode. Perhaps it could have benefitted from being a longer introductory episode? You don’t seem to have the chance to process something before the next thing happens. That said it is still a fast and fun ride that I will see through to the end.

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