Every few weeks, it seems, there’s a new Netflix series to get excited about. Now that you’ve had time to catch up on “Orange is the New Black” and “Stranger Things,” it’s time to turn your attention to a new, albeit quite different, obsession: “Project Mc2.”
Haven’t heard of it? Well, if you’re a girl under the age of 20 you probably know that “Project” encompasses action figures, school supplies, a Web series and a Netflix original series. But even if you are not in the know, it’s a fun, original, clever show worth checking out when it returns August 12. Don’t worry, even boys are allowed to play in this sandbox.
Last summer, Netflix dipped its toe in the “Project” waters by quietly releasing three episodes following a group of brainy tween girls who join a secret organization of female operatives out to save the world. Now, a second and third season are on the way — and below are the reasons you should be excited.
So much is being written about how women need role models in pop culture. Yet, everyone gets excited about Wonder Woman being in “Batman v Superman,” and then it’s a disappointment. “Suicide Squad” doesn’t even seem to be representing Harley Quinn as many fans had hoped.
If true change is to be hoped for, you have to target the young — and here’s a show with four brainy, athletic women who can run circles around any misogynistic male.
“Hey girls, can you try and kick the ball back?” a group of bros laugh at the beginning of the Season 2 trailer, pointing to a soccer ball. “You can do it — use all your big girl muscles!”
When the return kick takes them down, it’s a moment worth cheering for — regardless of your gender.
Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead
As any parent knows, the concept of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) is a major buzzword, with the belief being that teaching your children those 5 fields will best prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.
While most cartoons are instead focusing on farting sponges and cereal-eating bears, “Project” provides substance with the style. Check out the adorable video below, and see how the show really is impacting kids’ lives.
Remember when you were a kid, and you wanted all the inventions that Data used in “The Goonies”? That’s the way the young kids in your life will feel as they watch McKeyla, Adrienne, Bryden and Camry help NOV8 save the day. Who knows? It might just give them enough of an engineering bug to become a real-life Q.
It speaks their language
Few things ring as hollow as when you’re watching a kids’ show, and a teen actor delivers a line clearly written by a 45-year-old guy with a mortgage. “Project Mc2” speaks the language of its demographic, is adorably sprinkled with up-to-date technology and trend references, and feels like their cool friend who wants to clue them in.
Having read the above, can you name one other show on TV that is anything like “Project Mc2”? Yup, the crickets are deafening.
Props to Netflix for trying something different — and for it actually turning out really good. With Season 3 launching in the fall, it seems like this “Project” is a success.