What would you do if you found your perfect match online but they were from somewhere far away? Somewhere like a parallel universe?
Smart’s new web series FindHer is a modern Filipino love story that focuses on Lia, a simple, astrology-loving 26-year-old, her best friend Aika, an IT programmer/hacker who hates men, and Gabe, a medical student looking for love.
Warning: This article will contain a few spoilers.
The series starts with the two girls using and hacking into a dating app called Finder to trick men who they consider as “funboys,” clearly reworded from how we actually say it, as Aika’s revenge, done for all the girls who’ve been fooled.
Quite a bit happens on the night that Aika declares her hacking life over: the announcement of her taking a job in Hungary, and a strange occurrence in the sky that affects the phone that they’d been using to con those “funboys”.
This is where the sci-fi-ness of the series steps in. The weird thing that happened to them on that night was a five-planet retrograde.
Although it hadn’t been specified which planets were in retrograde that night, it’s assumed that Uranus was one of them as it’s the planet that deals with technology.
The retrograde-affected phone, however, is sold and two years later, finds itself in the hands of Gabe. With a twist of fate (and without spoiling everything else for you), the three find themselves in a rather tricky situation, both here in our universe and in a totally different one.
“Sino ka-chat mo dyan?”
For most of the series, the characters make use of Finder as their main platform of communication—which in this day and age is somewhat true to life.
With the likes of shows like Black Mirror that–although exaggerate–portray the effect of technology on us, FindHer isn’t very far off from how we actually are. Minus the parallel universe, of course.
To “swipe left” or “swipe right” is something that people of this generation easily understand, and it’s no wonder why this series has as many views as it does. Millennials will quickly recognize themselves within the characters and with the actions they take, especially with how the use of online dating makes such an impact on their lives.
With relatable characters, a plot that revolves around the kind of lifestyle that plenty of millennials take part in, plus the kilig factor that the general public loves, there’s no doubt that this series has captured the attention and even the hearts of many.
FindHer provides the audience with both the good and the bad of online dating—the distraction it can be, the creeps you meet, the bonds you forge.
It depicts the dangers of taking part in it but in the end, the series tries to show the wonders that come out of it as well.
There’s no clear line as to whether the point of the series was to promote dating apps or dissuade millennials from using them. However, the Youtube comments show how people were either happy with the show or clowning Smart for their slow data and internet services—both of which are valid reactions.
It succeeds, however, in proving that love does exist online because “love is anywhere you want it to be,” which is actually one of the few things that make the series less realistic than one could hope for it to be.
(Not that its science fiction aspect isn’t entertaining because, honestly, that was probably the coolest thing about the entire show.)
Its positive ending has kind of made the viewers more than pleased with the series—and that still counts for something.
Despite the bad wig at the very beginning, the few slightly cliche, dramatic scenes and the rather obvious product placement by Smart, which was expected anyway, FindHer makes up for all of those things in its fun and unique story that will make people wish they could find love as serendipitously as its characters did.