I've only watched three epsiodes, but I can tell you that if you only have thirty minutes to spare, epsiode two is the only one you need to watch.
Netflix has been on a roll with its original series and the new show Easy does not fall short of its predecessors. I first heard of the show from Kiersey Clemons (total sweetheart), and since I only follow/stay updated with "the lowkey but great" actors and artists, I knew this had to be something special. The first episode was alright, but very hetero and sexist and patriarchal- and in the way where it states these problems and seems very socially aware, by painting these misogynistic characters as fools, but the solution ends up giving in to the patriarchy and honestly what's the point in that (also my problem with other shows, but I won't get into that now).
The best part of the first episode was that Chase (played by Clemons) was introduced. What's neat about the format of Easy, is that each episode revolves around a character or couple and their relations(hip). Most characters appear in about two episodes as their story arcs intertwine with one another in this city. There are few characters of color, but they are pretty much the best characters, so I guess we're suppose to be satisfied with that. And episode two revolves around Chase meeting and becoming smitten with Jo ((played by Jacqueline Toboni (total babe))).
What makes this episode the best (so far) in my opinion? It's QUEER and NORMATIVE and NOT OVER OR HYPERSEXUALIZED!! (I cry)
This hint of homo in a poolfull of mostly hetero, is beautiful.
This epsiode made me laugh out loud, giggle, "blush", scream, and just carry on in an uncontrollable way.
When we first enounter Chase and Jo in this epsiode, we know it's going to be about them. The camera follows Chase, then follows Jo, and once they look at one another, we get the gay vibes. And we're hype.
I am very anti-spoiler, but I will say how important these characters are to me.
I was conflicted, because I, of course, saw myself as Chase, and really admired and wanted to date Jo.
But then I realized -I'm also Jo.
Jo is pretentious and artsy, but not in the suffocating kind of way.
She's vegan and I'm not vegan (like Chase), but if I dated a vegan, I would most likely experiment with veganism, because I wouldn't find enough motivation elsewehere (other than the phrase: "not your mom, not your milk"). And it would also make cooking and eating out (pun intended) a lot easier -point that Chase brings up.
Jo's style is very sophiscated androgyne,suave and effortless. While Chase is the trendy femme. Both very me. The body hair positivity, indifference and normativity is so refreshing here! And where we've previously seen characters who have body hair, they are usually outcasted, ostracized, or deemed the "weird one"- and not in a good way (take Gabby, Adam's sister in HBO's Girls).
Social awareness was topic for discussion -though only regarding body hair, veganism, and sustainability, where I would have loved a discussion on race since Chase was cast as a black woman (and had a black BFF) and Jo was white.
The laziness and student appeal and activities for these tweny-somethings was very relatable and charming.
I highly recommend watching episode one and two (one is really gross, but introduces Chase). There are a bunch of famous white actors whose names I can never remember, so maybe that will be of interest to you and you'll binge all eight episodes. But as for me, I'm good with epsiode two.