The Real Girl’s Guide to Everything Else, Strike.TV’s peppy new Web series, first struck me as ludicrous. Fast-paced and low-budget, it’s riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies, becoming more fantastical as the first season progresses. The writing lacks depth, the characters lack development, and the show’s thesis whacks you across the head with startling regularity. But the message itself is bold, sharp, and significant.
Season One, consisting of six chapters less than ten minutes apiece, starts with Rasha (Robin Dalea), a Lebanese-American lesbian journalist, telling her best friends that her agent is going to drop her unless she pushes out some frothy “chick lit.” Vanna (Nikki Brown), Sydney (Reena Dutt), and Angie (creator and producer Carmen Elena Mitchell) devise a plan to fund Rasha’s desired project—a book titled The Women’s History of Afghanistan—through the advance from her novelette. In order to authenticate her chick-lit savvy, though, Rasha is tossed into the world of straight dating—a clear jab at the series’ Sex and the City inspiration. Of course, she’s also scheduled to marry her longtime girlfriend, Liz (Jennifer Weaver), in two months.