Last year, at this same time, I rambled on and on about a really cool webseries.
And now I am back to rhapsodize about the newest season, which has just finished its first batch.
Out With Dad Season 3.1 continues on the journey of Rose and her dad Nathan. A teen girl coming out to her dad.
As I mentioned the first time, Out With Dad entered my radar when @Taliana83 informed me of this made in Toronto award-winning webseries. The show featured a teen living with her widowed father and right away both are wondering if she is a lesbian.
As that premiere season rolls along, the girl Rose deals with that question, as does her dad Nathan. Eventually, after much internal debate and gentle careful prodding from her dad, Rose comes out.
Moving forward, Rose also has to deal with her feelings towards school friend Vanessa, whose disapproving religious parents prove to be an obstacle. And she meets another girl, Claire, who is a very free spirited and openly out teen. Team Vanessa and Team Claire became a byline of the series.
And now we have the beginning chunk of season three. Show creator Jason Leaver, who also writes and directs Out With Dad, spearheaded a fundraising drive for this current season. With the goals mostly met, these first six episodes were released, and a surprise announcement accompanied it.
Vanessa’s Story, telling the tale of what happens to Rose’s first crush, and it looks like a very different take on a coming out story. So far only the trailer, shown here last week, has been released, and my anticipation of this spin-off is massive.
But back to the main series. To tide us over till this season started, Out With Dad did a bunch of web shorts involving Rose spilling her feelings in mini bursts of emotion and thoughts dealing with her life and issues. Each entry of Rose’s Video Diary ends with the character breaking the fourth wall and asking the viewer a direct question related to whatever her topic was that video. And with SPOILERS on we continue onto this season.
We start with the now of Rose, played by Kate Conway, and Nathan, now played by Jonathan Robbins, who have just finished moving. Rose is slowly moving into her own with a relationship, as is her dad, who is trying to keep it on the down low. The development of Rose as she enters this new phase of her life is explored, as is Nathan’s reaction to it all. By the time we reach the conclusion of these six episodes, a new status quo emerges, all made clear in a very special chapter.
Sometime soon, either later this February or in March, the next block of episodes will go public, alternating with Vanessa’s Story.
With the evolution of each character constantly changing, constantly morphing with both good and bad shaping them and their lives, we see Rose, Nathan, Claire and Vanessa becoming people. And the next stage is set for this drama which very much transcends its initial premise and ventures into new/old territory of just dealing with plain old relationships.
The tapestry here is large and diverse, with the Out With Dad universe reflecting all of us. Season 3.1 proves that yet again.
…is currently reading Divergent by Veronica Roth.