Firefly Lane: We have to speak about younger Kate’s ridiculously outsized, ill-fitting glasses (watch video)
It’s a time-honored Hollywood tradition: the quickest way to turn a hottie into a nottie is to saddle him up in chunky glasses. And while the cliché has fallen out of favor in recent years (despite satire), the TV trope “Nerd Glasses” is celebrating a roaring comeback in Netflix’s Firefly Lane.
The 10-episode soap, which debuted on Wednesday, revolves around Tully (Grey’s Anatomy vet Katherine Heigl) and Kate (one-time Scrubs doc Sarah Chalke), lifelong BFFs who were deemed unlikely to bond because the former was the “brazen and brave girl is the one you can’t ignore “and the latter is the” lousy shy girl you never notice. “This contrast is knocked into the minds of the audience minutes after the premiere, when the teen version of Chalkes Tully, played by Roan Curtis (The Magicians), shows up with glasses so big it looks like two giants are seeing – by frisbees landed on her face. The actress and character otherwise look like they stepped straight off the cover of CosmoGirl (RIP).
Up-and-coming star Curtis then spends much of the next 10 hours trying to keep glasses from falling off her face. In one episode alone (the third) there were 16 (!!) cases in which young Kate was forced to keep her glasses from getting away clean. On three other occasions, Curtis’ co-stars saw the monstrous monocles run to the ground and intervene on behalf of their colleague.
It’s all very distracting, but mostly confusing because… why shouldn’t Kate just get glasses that fit? And why should producers burden a performer with a prop that works for all 10 of not one episode? There is also the problem of continuity: given the myriad of shots each scene requires, the position of the glasses rarely matches from shot to shot.
Do you think we’re exaggerating? Check out the video above and judge for yourself!