Why you totally need to catch up on VH1's 'Hindsight'
As soon as I saw a preview for Hindsight, I was sold. I simply cannot resist a show about a woman’s quest to figure out who she is and who she wants to be. Throw in the 90s and some time travel, and this show was practically made for me.
So, here’s the 411 on Hindsight: we first meet main character Becca on the eve of her second wedding and in the midst of a severe case of cold feet. On top of that, her demanding boss (played by the delightful Mario Cantone of Sex and the City) forces her to work at her own rehearsal dinner and seems to be running/ruining her life. Later that night, however, Becca unknowingly takes a ride in a time-traveling magical elevator and is transported back to 1995 on the morning of her first wedding to a brooding artist named Sean. Will Becca get it all right the second time around? Here’s five reasons why you should watch and find out!
The power of regret
Everybody struggles with those pesky “what ifs,” but Becca actually gets a chance to go back and choose the road not previously taken. In the first couple of episodes, we already see her make massive life-altering decisions, like choosing not to marry Sean because she knows their marriage will end in failure, and quitting the job that she knows will make her miserable. But if only it were that easy to escape the past! At every step, Becca questions the repercussions of her actions, and whether she truly can (or should) change the course of her life remains to be seen.
A totally fly friendship
On the eve of her impending nuptials, future Becca, in need of some pre-wedding advice, leaves a voicemail for her friend Lolly whom she has not spoken to in ten years. Thanks to the magical elevator, however, Becca and Lolly are blissfully reunited in the 90s! Right off the bat, you can tell Lolly is the supportive best friend that everyone needs. She is the ultimate bridesmaid, and whisks Becca away from the altar when Becca decides she cannot marry Sean. After said whisking, she spares her BFF the trauma of having to face Sean and retrieves Becca’s clothing from his apartment, and most importantly, she actually believes Becca’s crazy talk about being from the future. As her name suggests, Lolly is pure fun and care-free (she regularly blows off her shifts at the video store), and the perfect foil for cautious and calculating Becca. We do not yet know the reason for the girls’ falling out, but Becca seems to fear that she will not be able to prevent it from happening again. Their friendship is the strongest aspect of the show and the thing I am most invested in, so I hope Becca figures it out.
Working girl drama
90s Becca, filled with a sense of opportunity and confidence, demands a promotion at her publishing company, but her boss literally laughs in her face. Still, determined to make the most of her second chance at happiness, she up and quits. Now jobless, Becca must face that timeless question, “What am I going to do with my life?!” And while the pursuit of professional fulfillment is certainly a theme that is still relevant today, I am curious to see how/if the show will handle the particular obstacles Becca would have faced two decades ago as a woman in the working world.
Incredible 90s jams
This show is chock full of them, which makes sense because it is, after all, on VH1, a network extremely familiar with musical nostalgia. In the first three episodes, we’ve watched Becca tackle the past to the soundtrack of Ace of Base, The Cranberries, Spin Doctors, Lisa Loeb, and Bell Biv Devoe, just to name a few. Also, the pilot featured a musical montage of Becca having a 90s fashion show—overalls, sunflowers, and all—in front of a full length mirror (sort of like Melissa Joan Hart in the opening credits of Sabrina the Teenage Witch), pretty much exploding the 90s compartment of my brain.
The 90s cuties
Becca’s brother Jamie is a full blown 90s hottie, with a mane similar to that of Jordan Catalano. He and Lolly are totally into each other, but Becca is against their relationship because she has seen future Lolly break Jamie’s heart. Still, I can see why Lolly can’t keep herself away from him despite Becca’s warnings that their relationship will go south.
Regina has been shipping fictional romances since Zack and Kelly’s prom in 1990. On momentous occasions, you can count on her to gather her friends in a circle and make them sway to the tune of “I Don’t Wanna Wait” or “Seasons of Love.” She loves all things teen and is convinced that she was a Disney star in another life. Follow her on Twitter @RegKStu for more of her musings.