And just like that Skam has come to an end. For those who have been there since the beginning, it has been two years of watching a group of Norwegian teenagers live and love. For those of us who came to the series more recently, it has been a nonstop whirlwind of emotions that at times were overwhelming. Truth be told, they still are. There are a dozen or more television shows centered around teenagers on at any given time so how is it that a show centered around teenagers from Oslo Norway managed to capture the hearts of millions of people worldwide?
This is a question television execs are no doubt asking themselves right now in the vain hopes of capturing a little bit of Skam’s magic. Executive Producer Simon Fuller is sure hoping that by remaking the show for American audiences he will be able to capitalize on the show’s success. But the truth is it won’t matter how good or bad the remake might be because it will never be the original. Skam, like every other show that has changed the nature of the game, was/is lightning in a bottle.
When I first started watching I wasn’t expecting to fall in love. I’m not sure what I was expecting but I wasn’t expecting that. And I didn’t fall in love, not at first. Like a lot of other latecomers, I started with the third season after coming across the show’s gif sets on Tumblr. At this present time, I’ve discovered more shows through social media sites like Tumblr than I have through any other means. By the end of the third season I had fallen in love with Isak, Even, Sana, Jonas, Mahdi, and Magnus. I didn’t know much about any of the other characters but I knew enough and I liked them enough to want to go back to the beginning.
It was during the first season that I truly and completely fell in love. I connected with this season on an emotional level that I hadn’t before with other shows and that is because of Eva Mohn played by Lise Teige. For all of my younger years and a good portion of my young adult years, I was plagued by insecurities. So much so that I found myself in an extremely toxic relationship which led to an extremely toxic marriage. I knew what Eva was feeling because I had felt them too.
It was through Eva’s journey from a lonely, insecure girl to a young woman who had her own friends and who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind that I fell in love with Sana, Chris, Vilde, and Noora. These five amazing young women had become my friends. I would never meet them. They would never know my name, but they were my friends all the same.
Isak, Jonas, and the rest of the Boy Squad were my pals, my guys. I loved hanging with them and watching their friendship evolve. My heart beamed with pride when Magnus & Mahdi so readily accepted Isak and through him Even. I loved that for Jonas accepting Isak was never even a question, it was something that had been set in stone since the moment they became friends. I cried when Isak told Even he was not alone.
I knew from the first moment I ever saw the Balloon Squad I would love them unconditionally. And not once did my feelings for them ever waiver. I loved how important Elias’s relationship with Sana was to him and how her happiness made him happy. I loved that even though Elias was in the right for standing up for his best bud Mikael that the thought he had hurt his sister weighed on him so immensely. My heart beat faster every time Yousef would steal glances as Sana. I anxiously waited to learn more about Mikael, Mutta, and Adam.
They had all become my friends and it was an honor to be allowed even the smallest of glimpses into their lives. For the briefest of moments, we were witness to the creation of lightning in a bottle.
Special thanks to: Julie Andem, Lisa Teige, Josefine Frida Pettersen, Iman Meskini, Ulrikke Falch, Tarjei Sandvik Moe, Ina Svenningdal, Marlon Langeland, Henrik Holm, Cenzig Al, Simo Mohamed Elhbabi, Yousef Hjelde El Mofty, Mutasim Ahmed, Sacha Kleber Nyiligira, David Alexander Sjoholt and many many more. I will miss you all.