We are lady pieces [Peacock] Review: Rocks from Punk Band Comedy Season 1
In the first six episodes, the five women at the center of the series make Lady Parts a group that you want to know more and more about.
Stories about fictional groups are not always as sharp as these groups themselves. Tales of upward-moving rock acts can be bland even though the performances themselves have panache. Ragtag bands can be lousy on stage even though the looks at the lives of individual musicians is the most entertaining draw.
But as is the case with “We Are Lady Parts”, the Channel 4 co-production premiering today on Peacock, there is an obvious charm to seeing the points where the music and everything around it aligns. in harmony. Playful with enough flair and distinct twists and turns to turn its most familiar pieces upside down, “We are Lady Parts” is an energetic fusion of budding artists and the fictional setting that presents them. For Lady Parts, these harmonies aren’t always orderly: it’s a punk quartet that fills any type of rehearsal space with as many sounds as the piece can handle.
Above all, we see Lady Parts at first glance under external eyes, those of Amina (Anjana Vasan), a doctoral student in science not eager to tip the boat of societal expectations. She practices her guitar on a playlist of milder ’70s folk rock songs as she juggles her mostly unforgettable date attempts. A combination of circumstances led her to audition for Lady Parts, a band already somewhat reluctant to add a lead guitarist to their mix.
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As Amina nears membership, the enthusiasm is mixed. Saira (Sarah Kameela Impey), a butcher who is the band’s lead singer and arguably their main driving force, is pushing for this, perhaps to distract from her reluctance to engage in other areas. of his life. Thresher Ayesha (Juliette Motamed) is the most distant, though her attitude as a ride-sharing driver suggests she’s like that with most strangers. Bisma (Faith Omole), a provocative designer in her own right, is a dedicated member of the group even though she doesn’t have all of her creative dreams linked.
Band manager Momtaz (Lucie Shorthouse) shares the group’s rebellious, anti-establishment streak, while trying to present Lady Parts to the audience they all seek. Amina, coming from a group of friends who she believes would regard Lady Parts’ songs as incompatible with proper Muslim practice, is not quite the ideal solution at first.
What “We Are Lady Parts” does so skillfully at first is draw this contrast without using easy lines separating the two. It’s not that Amina is dragged into the group because she wants to escape her life as it is. There is a luminosity and an energy in the show no matter who she spends time with. The dark practice room has as many bright colors as an outdoor party brunch with longtime friends. Much of “We Are Lady Parts” pushes Amina toward the possibility that these aren’t as inconsistent as she might assume.
It is the same for the rest of the group. As the season progresses, the show finds them working on the idea that having feelings for someone doesn’t betray the group’s anti-patriarchal ethos and that being a supportive partner means. be open to their creative activities. Some of them are reviewed, given how much the show is based on Amina’s internal struggle. At the start of the series, the members of Lady Parts feel more like ideas than people – luckily, one key excursion in Episode 3 gets closer to who these women are and what fuels everything they refer to. to the group.
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The show is at its best when it also frees itself from constraints, throwing in a bunch of playful asides and visual diversions. Most of them come straight from Amina’s imagination, daydreams fueled by crushes and songs to sing along. But there’s even something liberating about the idea that she doesn’t have to fight her parents to be part of the group. Their approval (not to mention his mother’s interest in her love life beyond just acquiring a husband) is part of what helps keep this from being a cookie-cutter rebellion story. .
It’s no surprise that the two characters with the most narrative track end up producing the two most interesting performances in the series. Each member of the great Lady Parts quintet could easily handle an episode on their own, and Vasan and Impey are certainly no exception. Vasan makes sense of Amina’s gradual transition from reluctant performer to barely less reluctant shredding soloist, clearly tracing every nervous step along the way. And the more audiences learn about Saira, both in her relationship to her family and her faith, Impey makes it easier to understand how these work their way into Saira’s explosive voice and intensity with a meat cleaver. .
That, in turn, makes the band’s performances even more crackling. Nina Manzoor, who directs the series in addition to being a screenwriter and creator, pulls a recognizable sparkle from these Lady Parts ensembles, whether they perform for an invisible audience or for any crowd. Like any new band, they have a few blankets up their sleeves. But the more “We Are Lady Parts” emphasizes the original spirit that runs through this group, the more the show around them sings.
Rating: B +
Season 1 of “We Are Lady Parts” is now available to stream on Peacock.