The internet has brought us many wonderful things: near-instantaneous communication across the globe, access to vast troves of knowledge, humorous videos of famous people dousing themselves with ice water. Unfortunately, the time has come for us to pay for all these gifts. Today the first episode of Selfie was released for free online.
The series, which inexplicably stars Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) and John Cho (Harold and Kumar), describes itself as a loose adaptation of My Fair Lady. (That’s the one where the guy fixes up the uncivilized girl). Gillan plays Eliza Dooley, an insecure woman soothing her ego with thousands of "insta-acquaintances" and other weird, social-media-oriented concepts that have not once been voiced by a single millennial. Gillan is joined by the once-excellent and slightly pained-looking Cho as a co-worker who will likely be standing in for Dooley’s sense of self-worth shortly after the second episode airs in September.
The first episode, which The Verge took the liberty of watching for you, contains such important lessons as "being friended is not the same thing as having friends." Selfie is set to premiere on ABC on Tuesday, September 30th; you can watch the full episode here. Who knows — maybe your dad will get really into it.
As for you, it might be a better idea to watch Selfie star Karen Gillan as an agile and cunning alien in the excellent Guardians of the Galaxy.