During the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s been a lot of great things to distract ourselves from all the doom and gloom. First, we had the gift that keeps on giving with Animal Crossing. Then, Netflix announced the next Riverdale, a queer asian-american led romantic comedy and the modern brown girl coming of age story we’ve been waiting for forever. And earlier today, we were rewarded a remix of two of the biggest songs on TikTok, Meghan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” and Doja Cat’s “Say So,” by *the* Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj, respectively.
Now, Netflix is making a TV show about the current crisis we’re all living through… like, currently, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. Called Social Distance, it aims to “explore what life is like during quarantine amid the coronavirus.”
And, just like the Pentagon confirming aliens exist in the universe, this isn’t the craziest thing from our current Bizarro timeline.
What Is Social Distance?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Social Distance is a short form anthology series created and executive produced by Orange Is The New Black creator Jenji Kohan. Through a series of found-footage style episodes, it aims to explore what life is like during quarantine in the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement shared on Twitter, Netflix explained that “the experience of social distancing is currently universal but no individual story is the same.”
“Through a broad spectrum of tales and moments, some seismic and some mundane, we hope to capture a moment in time. And[,] we hope that Social Distance will help people feel closer to one another.”
In a sense, I can see how this can help people. If you’re living alone during this time period it might be nice to see your own experience reflect back to you. Can’t wait for a special Russian Doll-themed episode where Natasha Lyonne realises that she isn’t repeating the same day over and over again, she’s just going mad from self-isolation (Thursday, what a concept???).
But, as one Twitter user sees it, “I’m living this, I don’t need to see it.”
What would a show about social distancing even look like?
In the spirit of the show and the key response to the pandemic, Social Distance will be completely created without anyone going against lockdown and social distancing rules. Writers don’t physically meet up for writers’ room meetings, the show will be shot from an actor’s phone or own set-up at home, with the director Diego Volasco on Zoom for guidance. It’s all very different but, depending on how long we’re going to be in this hellscape, a reality for the rest of the year.
According to an insider who spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, the show will consist exclusively of found footage. Think Cloverfield or the 2010’s appropriately titled Quarantine, but if Tom Holland, Ariana Grande, Zendaya and Florence Pugh were in it, and it was all from the perspective of their Zoom screen.
While that dream cast may sound too good to be true, with everyone stuck at home and all future TV and film schedules postponed indefinitely, there’s a greater chance of them being involved now than ever before.
Side note: we fully expect to see an episode of Social Distance on Zoom Bombing, what it’s like living with someone who isn’t social distancing, and another on trying to maintain a relationship and date during Covid-19.
Until we know more about Netflix’s Social Distance, we’ll be watching Normal People, followed by an hour long crying session in front of our mirrors because it’s too damn real.