Creators: Amy Andelson, Emily Meyer, Kirsten Smith
Cast: Brianna Hildebrand, Kiana Madeira, Quintessa Swindell
Seasons: 1 (2019)
Trinkets, a Netflix original, is based on the young adult novel of the same name by co-creator Kirsten Smith. It hinges on the drama surrounding the lives of three high school teenagers who meet at Shoplifters Anonymous. Elodie has just moved to Portland, Oregon, Moe, is a smart-alecky go-getter and Tabitha, has a life that seems perfect but is the opposite.
In American teen dramas, shoplifting seems to be a phase that kids go through. In Trinkets however, the the three girls shoplift in order to cope with other problems in life. Though only Elodie has a story that’s compelling enough for one to sympathise with her shoplifting habit.
Elodie is dealing with the sudden death of her mother. This is what forces her to move in with her dad and step-family in a new city. Moe has problems trusting men as she has been raised by a single mother in the absence of her absconding father and Tabitha ostensibly has the perfect rich family and perfect handsome boyfriend. But her parents aren’t happy together and the boyfriend is abusive. Even though the problems are heavy, they weigh lightly on the characters. The girls breeze through life so what you get is a frothy teen drama.
Perhaps what’s most engaging is the chemistry between Elodie, Moe and Tabitha. They’re a fun bunch to watch and the way each stands up for the other is the highlight of the show. The episodes build up to a surprise ending, which suggests the story is going to be taken forward by subsequent seasons.
Moe, played brilliantly by Kiana Madeira, steers the story. Brianna Hildebrand is charming as the sweet yet weird Elodie and Quintessa Swindell does an able job as Tabitha, an Instagram queen stuck in damsel-in-distress mode for life.
Trinkets is an easy-going, fun story about female friendship likely to appeal to lovers of light-hearted teen dramas.