Sweet/Vicious is MTV’s newest darling and is being touted as a worthy successor to Teen Wolf. While the latter dealt with teens trying to protect their town from supernatural forces, the network’s latest black comedy deals with something far more real and vicious — sexual assault.
How the series portrays the topic is why the show is starting to gain some well-deserved attention. Sweet/Vicious premiered on MTV and the MTV app on Nov. 15, 2016. So far, it has been getting positive reviews. The show has been picked up for 10 episodes. Meanwhile, the second half is set to be aired next year. Controversial premise aside, there is more to the show than meets the eye.
What You Need to Know About Sweet/Vicious
The show follows two college students who become vigilantes at night. The story revolves around Jules and Ophelia, two women who try to fight sexual assault by hunting down rapists. In addition, they are exacting their own brand of justice on them. But it is their differences — one a sorority girl and rape victim, the other a hacker and weed dealer — and their burgeoning friendship that make the show even more compelling.
The show is helmed by three women: creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson and showrunners Amanda Lasher and Stacey Sher. This is quite a feat, considering that only 22 percent of new tv shows have female producers. And while Sweet/Vicious does touch on sexual assault and campus rape culture, it also explores female friendships and women’s complicated and multifaceted personalities.
The showrunners are not condoning or encouraging violence. Jules and Ophelia might be taking down sexual predators, but Robinson has made it clear that Sweet/Vicious is more about symbolically fighting back against a climate that demeans women and views sexual violence as trivial. Taylor Dearden, who portrays Ophelia, says that the show is more about how education can overcome this misogynistic culture.
The second half of the season might see Jules and Ophelia on the verge of being exposed. A trailer posted on the TV Series Finale site hints that Jules is starting to lose control. She seems to become more violent. Viewers would need to tune in to Sweet/Vicious when it returns on Jan. 3, Friday.
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