9 reasons to fall in love with Afrikaans drama Kompleks
If you had to turn back the clock to roughly a decade ago and if Afrikaans TV series was a person, it would most definitely be Steve Buscemi sporting a baseball cap, walking into a busy high school hall with a skateboard over his shoulder greeting everyone with: “How do you do, fellow kids!”
Afrikaans TV has thankfully started to become less awkies and has grown into its oversized school uniform over the last couple of years. It no longer needs to try super-hard to fit in, be relevant or prove something to the TV world because there are a few new cool kids on the playground who have done just that with an array of slick productions that could stand up to any old school bully.
One such series is the brand-new Kompleks, and here we give you nine reasons why you would fall in love with it like a smitten pimple-faced teenager.
The name Albert Snyman should ring a bell
A truly family-friendly series
This might come as a surprise to a lot of grown-ups, but you were also a teenager once. Remember those days? According to the creator, the storyline was born out of memories from being a teenager and the difficulty that goes hand in hand with expressing how one feels almost every day. For some, those were tough times. Got kids? This series might help you better understand your weird, forever snacking co-habitants and inspire you to open up a conversation.
Dramedies are all the rage these days
You can’t just laugh all the time and you definitely can’t sit and cry all day in front of the TV with a bucket of tin roof ice cream. Naturally the fine balance would be a laugh with a tear or vice versa. That is why the dramedy was invented: to prevent you from crying into your ice cream. You should have learned that from watching Ekstra Medium by now.
It’s a story about life
Yes, it is a story about the life of two complicated teens but it is also a story about life itself for the rest of us and how we get to deal with it, how the decisions we make have long-lasting effects and outcomes. Most of us also have lost our hearts at some point. That’s life, dude.
Koos Kombuis narrates Kompleks. It is probably the most ASMR thing to happen to Afrikaans TV.
The story has more layers than a unicorn birthday cake
That’s probably why Mr Snyman decided to call it Kompleks – it is a layered drama cake, sprinkled with comedy, but it is light and fluffy. It examines puppy love in a quirky manner and the quirkiness of puppy love itself. You see, it isn’t really complicated. It is just so bietjie Kompleks. There is a nuanced difference.
Wait – there are two universes?
Correct! In the one universe everything takes place around the middle of 2019. The two main characters, Sean and Mika, are teenagers who feel stuck at home because their friends are away on winter holiday. In the other universe, Sean and Mika find themselves at the beginning of 2019 but are much older and things are a bit more complicated.
A wasp and a dog leash change everything
I’m not going to spoil it for you – this one you can find out for yourself, but the two teens do share a love of music and their existence is changed by a few other factors as well.
Koos Kombuis is the narrator
Legendary Afrikaans folk music, singer-songwriter and famously part of the anti-establishment maverick group Die Voëlvry Beweging, Koos Kombuis narrates Kompleks. It is probably the most ASMR thing to happen to Afrikaans TV.
The 90s called and left you a message
Kompleks also has some of its roots in 90s teen angst TV dramas such as My So-Called Life and Dawson’s Creek. Ugly-cry your heart out, James Van Der Beek, South Africa has finally arrived with a good dose of those 1990s teen trappings.