'Daria' ends 1st season in first-rate fashion
By Eric Mink
From the New York Daily News
'Daria,' MTV's inspired animated series, ends its
debut season tonight at 10:30 with a typically smart and
surprisingly touching episode.
The star of the show, of course, is 16-year-old
Daria Morgendorffer (the voice of Tracy Grandstaff), who
sees no reason to apologize for her intelligence or her low
tolerance for the ignorance and mindless conformity of all but
a few of the other humans she has ever met.
Daria's low-key, sardonic comments and observations
are cleverly cynical, withering and, to viewers, immensely entertaining.
But the real beauty of this show is Daria's own acute awareness
of being an outsider. She knows she's right to reject phoniness,
but she can't fully grasp why that leaves her socially isolated.
Tonight's season finale brilliantly weaves this
essential adolescent theme into its story lines. The plot
revolves around the triumphant return to Lawndale High of a
former football hero. It's no surprise the guy proves to be
a jerk and that Daria and her friend, Jane Lane, seem to be
the only two people who see him for what he is. An unexpected
tragedy spins the story around, though, with class mates desperate
for Daria's advice and strange tensions between Daria and Jane.
Writers/producers Glenn Eichler and Susie Lynn
and their staff could hardly have come up with a more intriguing
and, yes, sensitive way to end their first triumphant season.
Even an ultra-cynic like Daria, we see, has moments of doubt
After tonight, "Daria" reruns hold forth
until its second season starts early in 1998