“This is your real life. You’re already living it.”
If you have cable then you most likely have seen ads for AMC’s new show Dietland and you’re probably wondering what the heck it is. I too had never heard of the show or the book it was based on but my interest was piqued and I decided to check it out. I’ve breezed past the first three episodes and I decided to tell you what I think about the series so far in case you too were on the fence.
The show follows Plum Kettle a plus-sized ghostwriter for a teen magazine who is trying to get weight loss surgery. Her life is pretty grim with a Miranda Priestly knockoff boss who likes to use Plum to make herself look good, a sad sack diet group that’s an exercise in torture, and surgery goals that get further and further away with each new hurdle. One day Plum gets introduced to an organization called Calliope House and is offered $20,000 to go try their program. Around the same time the magazine Plum works for is investigating a leak and Plum’s boss is anxious because a group going by the name of Jennifer threw one of the magazines creepy photographers off a building during fashion week.
And that is literally all I know about the show, I can honestly say that so far I am intrigued by it. I enjoyed watching the first three episodes and am planning on coming back for the next one, but I’m still on the fence about really liking it. Part of that is I just don’t know how I feel about Plum, I almost like her I just feel I don’t know enough. The show had quite a task setting up Dietland and introducing us to Daisy Chain (the mag Plum works for), JENNIFER (the terrorist group killing men), and Calliope House (the feminist group interested in Plum) so at times you get a little overwhelmed. It’s easy to forget the actual characters in the story so I’m excited for things to calm down so we can learn about the people living in this world.
Overall Dietland is an entertaining strange show with lots of twists and a great premise. I can see the potential for it to be a really amazing series because it’s gritty with a feminist message which is perfect for this particular time. I also hope they continue to throw in little pop culture references like the Terry Richardson one in the first episodes. It’s could fall of the rails but I hope not because so far Dietland’s an enjoyable show that’s definitely worth watching if not just for its originality.
So have you seen the show or read the book? Will you be tuning in? As always let me know in the comments below.