Chaos unfolds at the Hype House


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Hype House ex-resident Chase Hudson appears at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Grace McGinness, Sports Editor

Put a bunch of 20-year-olds in a multi-million dollar mansion, create drama and produce a reality TV show about it.  

This isn’t a new concept in the world of reality TV, with shows like “The Hills” and “The Real World” of the 90s and 2000s following the same formula. But this time, the 20-year-olds in question are all C-list celebrities with an A-list mindset made popular on the video-streaming app TikTok.  

“Hype House,” an eight-episode long series, began streaming on Netflix on Jan. 7 and follows the inner workings of the self-titled content-collaboration house in the Hollywood Hills as the residents navigate the world of internet fame.  

With the oldest member of the house, Thomas Petrou, being only 22, and the rest of the characters spanning from 18-years-old to 21-years-old, drama and immaturity inevitably ensue.  

The storylines are all over the place, with all 10 residents of the house being featured as well as seven other ex-residents of the house. It isn’t even that each character has one storyline throughout the show; it feels like all 17 personalities each follow their own story in every single episode of the show.  

That’s too much plot to follow for a short season of reality TV.

And plot lines are dropped halfway through an episode; one second two people will hate each other and two minutes later they’re best friends again, with no resolution given at all.  

Since it’s a safe bet to say that drama on reality tv is almost always manufactured, couldn’t the producers have manufactured some resolution to this fabricated drama, if they’re already going through the trouble to make it all happen in the first place?

But the show isn’t all about the ridiculous problems of the top TikTok stars: like who hasn’t posted a video with whom or which star hasn’t done their one sponsorship video for the month. More important plotlines concerning COVID-19, paying rent at the end of the month and navigating relationships online are buried under hours of these frivolous problems.  

What the show also succeeds at is showing the complex world of newly found internet fame and the young adults who have no idea how to navigate their newfound stardom.  

At the end of the day, “Hype House” won’t be changing anyone’s lives for the worse or for the better, but is a mindless watch that provides just a glimpse into lives that most people wouldn’t ever want to live.