The musical comedy drama collection follows three teen musicians, Luke, Reggie, and Alex who died within the ‘90s after consuming some unhealthy scorching canine simply earlier than they performed the most important gig of their lives. In 2020 the three seem as ghosts to teen Julie and collectively they type a band, the titular Julie and the Phantoms, and at any time when they carry out the ghosts will be seen by the world. It’s a charmingly healthful collection that contains a serialized plot throughout its nine-episode first season.
One of many essential tales working all through follows Alex (performed with a lot allure by Owen Patrick Joyner), the bands drummer, who’s additionally homosexual. His band mates are 100% accepting of it however the present properly establishes within the second episode that earlier than he died Alex’s mother and father hadn’t accepted him. There are various legitimate tales to be advised about queer children coping with unaccepting mother and father however Julie and the Phantoms merely makes use of this to acknowledge the fact of many queer children within the ‘90s earlier than transferring on to one thing way more candy and uplifting. Giving Alex a crush.
In episode three, ‘Flying Solo,’ Alex is on his personal in Hollywood when, after passing via dwelling folks, he collides right into a teen skater boy. Because the boy takes his helmet off in gradual movement, Alex is straight away smitten and it’s not subtext. A sick guitar riff performs, which Netflix’s subtitles describe as “seductive rock music,” and Alex’s mouth is agape. The skater boy introduces himself as Willie (Booboo Stewart, handing over an endearingly heat efficiency) and the entire scene is an ideal meet cute. The 2 share some awkwardly candy introductions, Willie casually revealing he died in a skating accident, Alex sharing his nagging questions on why he grew to become a ghost, they usually even share some jokes about Alex dying by scorching canine.
On this candy and lovely change, stuffed with longing seems between the 2, Willie explains the upsides to ghost life.
“Being a ghost lets me do my favourite factor… skate wherever I would like with out getting busted. I imply, bro, once I’m not skating right here or the seashore, I’m skating Justin Bieber’s empty pool.”