We live in dark times, Insanity and chaos reign, corruption chokes civilization, and the most moronic voices possible are given the most prominent mikes. But there is hope. There is ONE voice of reason that can cut through the noise, ONE opinion that transcends all others, and its revival is past due.
She gets the call. She slams down her vintage 90s cord phone. She laces up her army boots, zips up her green jacket, and stands at the doorway, arms akimbo, ready to perform her calling and slap some sardonic sense into this sick sad world. Ladies and gentlemen…it’s time for the return of Daria Morgendorffer.
“Hosanna! Hosanna!” the citizens of Lawndale shout, waving palm fronds and cheering as Ms. Morgendorffer walks down the street, showered in a blizzard of confetti and accompanied by a mile-long marching band flanked at both ends by trumpeting elephants. The day has arrived! She has really returned! There is hope for us yet!
Daria ascends the stage, about to unleash her wisdom to the starving masses, accompanied by her best friend in all the world, Jodie Landon———wait, WHAT?
“DARIA & JODIE” (wt)
The iconic animated franchise is reinvented through the eyes of heroine Daria Morgendorffer and one of her closest friends Jodie Landon. These two smart young women take on the world, with their signature satirical voice while deconstructing popular culture, social classes, gender and race.
Writer: Grace Edwards (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Loosely Exactly Nicole,” “Inside Amy Schumer”)
Two things: one, I always felt Jodie was underused in the original series. Two, I’m just happy to get Daria back at all. But since when is Jodie one of Daria’s “closest” friends? Why are we pretending Jane Lane doesn’t exist? I don’t understand what’s going on here.
This proposed revival of Daria is part of MTV’s larger plan to rekindle interest in the cable network that has long since felt irrelevant in the current culture. But just in case you get the idea they know what they’re doing, MTV’s other plans include another live-action Aeon Flux and three new tepid reality shows, including one revolving around getting ghosted on social media.
With people who have written for Tina Fey and Amy Schumer behind it, I’m pretty optimistic about the hands Daria is being left in, even if this whole “Jodie” thing leaves me confused. The revival has only just been announced and has no release window.
Sing it, Splendora!