Laguna was shot in the early aughts,
conveniently timed to when The O.C.was at its peak. It was
the golden age of the Razor flip phone, the denim miniskirt, the totally
relevant Dashboard Confessional song and the epic teenage flat-ironed hair. The
series came out before Twitter, giving the stars no platform to break down
every little side glance or nasty comment made behind their friends’ backs. It
left an element of mystery that’s impossible in today’s reality TV landscape.
The show, which lasted for three seasons and spawned The Hills, also followed a
real-life group of friends in high school. Instead of the jaded post-college
blues, these teens were filled with hope for the future, desperate to have the
perfect senior prom and guess where they’d end up in 10 years.
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The cast of Siesta Key, which consists of one guy that three-quarters of the girls are lusting after and an Orphan Black-esque conveyor belt of identical blonde women with little to no identifying features, seem only interested in partying and hooking up. They mention college graduation and job searching as afterthoughts.
They don’t fit the mold of the musician, drama queen, princess, jock, activist, or loyal friend because they’re so busy meeting one criteria: Entitled Millennial. Gone are the relatable moments from Laguna that harkened back to those formative teenage years. Instead, Siesta Key tries to highlight the rich and seemingly aimless lives of these twenty-somethings as they tan, drink, and party.