Spotlight On is a monthly featureish thing that I’m starting this month where I take a look at one particular character and explore how they go with the theme. This character is always going to be fictional and from books, movies, or TV shows. This month focuses on Lindsay Weir from the cult classic 90’s teen drama Freaks and Geeks.
Although the series didn’t air until the ’90’s, it takes place in the 1980’s. The main character Lindsay starts out the series as a smart good girl who’s a member of the mathletes. After the death of her grandma, she begins to question everything. She begins to drift away from her childhood best friend Millie. She begins hanging out with the freaks at her high school after being invited by bad boy Daniel Desario. Throughout the series, Lindsay frequently struggles with becoming a freak and doing things that aren’t typical of her.
Lindsay is a classic example of what happens to high schoolers. Everyone in high school is trying to discover who they are. Teens are evolving and experimenting, some of which are more dramatic than others. Lindsay happens to be one that goes through dramatic changes as she gets closer to the likes of Daniel, Kim Kelly, Nick, and the other members of the gang. Throwing parties, vandalism, marijuana, bars, detention, and many other adventures that Lindsay takes part in. She begins a relationship with Nick, a guy who desperately wants to become a drummer but knows in his heart that he’s not good enough to be a serious professional.
Despite all of her change, Lindsay is still the same deep down. Sure, she’s changed what’s important to her but she still knows who she is, that’s one thing that never changes. She grows more confident and sure of herself during the season. Her change may not be permanent, but it’s one that she is content with. She enters a rebellion period but her fashion definitely evolves for the better. The army jacket she stole from her dads closet becomes her trademark that she wears all the time. Lindsay Weir is a character that most represents change which is fitting for my monthly theme.