When Dawson's Creek first aired in January 1998, I was a freshman in high school. I attempted watching an episode once but absolutely couldn't stand it, mostly because it reminded me of everyone I hated at school. Being 14 and a weirdo, I preferred anything on MTV like Beavis & Butthead, Daria, Sifl & Olly; my old stand-by The Simpsons; King of the Hill was still new at the time; and I would always stay up Saturday nights to watch SNL or at least program the good old VCR to record it if I had to get up early Sunday. So Dawson's Creek was seriously not my thing.
A mere fifteen years later, I was willing to give the show a second chance. It seems to strive to mirror regular high school life, but seriously some of the dialogue and situations are too unreal for me. And so begins...
Unreal Moments in Capeside, #1: The Pilot
Our very first glimpse into the world of Dawson's Creek involves title-character Dawson and his long time buddy Joey, who are both 15 years old, discussing why they should or shouldn't continue to have sleepovers on Saturday nights. I'm sorry, what? That's kinda whack. Why wouldn't they have thought of this earlier? Joey goes on about how it's wrong for them to share a bed now as friends because she "has breasts now" and Dawson "has genitalia", to which he responds he's always had it. And her retort? "There's more of it!" Ugh. Why I find this to be unreal: partly the fact that Dawson's parents allow these sleepovers, and mostly that Joey apparently didn't feel awkward about sharing a bed with Dawson until they were 15. Puh-lease!