Back to the ’70s: Daisy Jones proves riveting


Riley Shankman, asst. opinions editor

In a story of rock & roll, heartbreak, and the highs and lows of the 1970s music scene, the Amazon Prime Video mini-series, Daisy Jones & The Six, depicts the rise and fall of the fictional band, The Six, in a nostalgic music-filled drama. 

The series serves as an on-screen adaption of the novel Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The story is loosely based on the tumultuous history of the band Fleetwood Mac. The series is structured as a faux documentary taking place 20 years after The Six’s infamous breakup. The series flashes between band members’ interviews and the band in the 70s to give viewers a comprehensive view of the band’s time together. 

From the get-go, the show had a high quality of production. The series features expansive sets depicting mansions, recording studios, and concert venues packed with extras to convey the essence of the ‘70s Hollywood scene. Additionally, the style contributes to the time period by utilizing colorful, boho-chic aesthetics.

Another important aspect of the show is the music (obviously!). Along with the show, fans of Daisy Jones and The Six received a full studio album, AURORA. Though the music borders on mediocre at times, it adds depth to the experience of watching the show.

Additionally, the show deserves applause for doing a great job of depicting relationships between female characters in the show, especially between two women within a love triangle, Camila Dunne and Daisy Jones. While these women may not particularly like each other, they are able to celebrate each other’s successes rather than root for each other’s downfall. This is significant, since a lot of contemporary media and films often pit women against each other. 

One critique I have towards this series is that it glosses over other important relationships, leaving viewers to infer what transpired. The show could have put forth more effort into creating multi-dimensional characters, especially when working with issues of substance abuse or infidelity. This would have made the show all around more entertaining and better explained certain characters’ actions.

Overall, Daisy Jones & The Six was an entertaining watch that I highly recommend if you are looking for a fun retro vibe along the same vein as the movie Almost Famous. While it is not the most profound piece of media ever made, the show succeeds in entertaining viewers and reviving an era of rock and roll.