Like everything on the channel, it’s aimed at school-aged kids, so perhaps isn’t normally my cup of tea, but given it’s set in and filmed around Footscray, an area I’m quite familiar with, I was intrigued.
As this Age review notes, it’s engaging for adults.
While the main storyline is the characters getting a band together, a prominent theme is acceptance of gender diversity – which I know is an important issue to many of the younger people in my extended family.
There are some interesting subplots, and of course a couple related to public transport caught my eye. And I don’t just mean the fake bus stop totem they set up opposite Footscray station (see lead photo).
One of the teenage characters, Breeze, wants the freedom to catch a train on her own, to go where and when she wants, not be given a lift all the time by her helicopter parents.
Another character, Hex, struggles to afford the train fare from Ballarat, noting that it’s $23 a day.
Given this character is also a teenager, this is correct – the peak concession daily fare is currently $22.80.
Would they always pay the peak fare? Probably not. But you’re hardly likely to have this detail in the dialogue, unless Hex is also a gunzel.
And whether it’s $22.80 or $15.96, it’s perhaps a good (fictional) example of the problems of fare affordability and how it affects access to opportunity.
At that price, it’s difficult for the character, who has little money, to travel into Melbourne regularly.
From this Friday, Hex would only pay $4.60 per day.
Or perhaps that’s in there… I’ve still got a few episodes to watch.