I’m going to start this article with a tweet that sums up the entire internet’s reactions.
I just found out what Midsummer Chaos is pic.twitter.com/7cX60uyctC
— Ismail (@thehalfspaces) June 13, 2021
And just in case the tweet isn’t enough, here’s a comment.
“The only thing wrong about this drama is that it exists.”
That’s one of the YouTube comments under the video and if you think I’m starting too harshly, it just means you haven’t watched the show yet.
For those who don’t know, Midsummer Chaos is a “coming of age teenage drama” which sounds like an oversimplification of the plot, it’s that rich.
No, sorry, the only rich you’ll find in this episode are the characters who are so randomly written and played out, it’s like putting together a 100 piece jigsaw puzzle where every piece belongs to a different game.
Doesn’t make sense? Neither does this show.
As the name suggests, Midsummer Chaos is a chaotic world of English accents and exotic names (or is it just the accent?) where friends “go way back” and yet still become enemies within seconds. It’s a world where, if you want to fit in, you need to roll your Rs (Sameeyurr, yaawrrr, etc.), and use bro as a common adjective for everything and everyone you find exciting or go way back with.
And I’m not even talking about the endless parties in shady places, girlfriends who aren’t girlfriends, and all the invisible drinking that’s going on in the show. They’ve also graced it with a broken – or non-existent – plot, 3 mood swings per character per scene, and robotic dialogue delivery, speaking of which: Is Sameeyur’s mom okay? Is she not happy with her life? Will they make a coming-of-life spin off for her in the next quarter?
The only thing that made sense in the whole 14 minutes 41 seconds are these two dialogues:
These, but applied to the whole episode.
Another saving grace for the whole show – if you can justify calling it that – is the name. It’s truly a Midsummer Chaos. These tweets just prove it.
Midsummer chaos is so relatable. i literally went to a party yesterday with my model friend where my ex began hitting on me and i threw him in the pool and then i got into a fight with my politician friend who i gO wAy bAcK with. God! It’s like theyre spying on me😩✋
— Amna 🇵🇸 (@mithaychawl) June 13, 2021
To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Midsummer Chaos. The sociopolitical commentary is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of Marx and Engels most of it will go over a typical viewer’s head. There’s also Haris’ nihilistic outlook, which is deftly wov-
— luliwa (@alishbalishba) June 13, 2021
After all the hype about Khushaal Khan (if you know, you know).
khushaal khan got one whole day of twitter simping over him and then midsummer chaos happened
— yusra ४ FREE PALESTINE (@wastelandkilos) June 13, 2021
I did forget to mention the “leave me alones” but this TikTok sums it up.
Midsummer chaos cast every 2mins: pic.twitter.com/F1i8HNkGNw
— mysh 🇵🇸 (@gayomarlic) June 13, 2021
Also, to prove my point.
“I watched midsummer chaos for the plot”
The plot: pic.twitter.com/fCIx2AAMli
— vase⁷ (@TAEHYUNGZERO) June 13, 2021
I mean… we go way back, dude.
Oh wow Midsummer Chaos themed restaurant in Lahore!!! pic.twitter.com/flL4bol4Vs
— Rizwan. (@RizwanTakkhar) June 15, 2021
You can’t even blame the relatability trope, it’s that sad.
Remember that the problem with Midsummer Chaos is not that it’s “unrelatable” – so is Breaking Bad unless your dad is a teacher at Beaconhouse selling crystal meth. Great stories come from all different walks of life and can include characters not even remotely similar to us.
— Taha Tariq (@TahaTariq) June 14, 2021
Honestly, guys, if this show had even one redeeming quality I’d have raved about it to balance out my rant but really, it’s just a sad show with a sad cast and a sadder Haris because he’s lost his best friend and girlfriend in a single episode, and he can’t even act 😞.
Also, just for suggestion’s sake, if you really want to watch some amazing and also (sorry, but) relatable coming-of-age shows, here are a few good ones.
Adulting – a show about two friends who are broke, single, go way back, but also don’t make you cringe every second.
Little Things – a show about a couple growing up together. Netflix picked it up guys, it’s that good.
Alpha Bravo Charlie – a coming-of-age drama of three friends who join the Pakistan army. Guys, you don’t have to look too far, just watch this classic from our very own country.
Honestly, just Google coming-of-age, you’ll find suggestions that are far more worthy of a watch. Just, don’t give Midsummer Chaos too much thought. Really, it’s not healthy.