I’ve always had a thing for sidekicks. The peripheral character, often slightly quirkier than the protagonist, has a freedom that the main chick couldn’t afford. Where she — the Buffys, Felicitys, and Harry Potters of the world — played janitor to the plot, the sidekick could, well, have fun. They crack jokes! Their lines aren’t bloated with expository dialogue! They dance around the fringe, having a blast, while the main character keeps up narrative appearances.
Netflix’s Girlboss, which premiered Friday, isn’t a perfect show, but it’s flawless in this regard: The sidekick is awesome. Annie, played by a perky Ellie Reed, is the real MVP of the series, and she ultimately redeems the series.
First off, let me state that by using the word “sidekick,” I don’t mean any offense. Annie is categorically a sidekick, and that by no means diminishes her importance. (In my world, the sidekick is of utmost importance, and the protagonist is just a boorish tree stump reciting lines. Usually.) Best friend to Sophia Marlowe, the titular Girlboss played by Britt Robertson, Annie is fairly average as far as sidekicks go. She’s an aspiring make-up artist. She’s dating the local bartender, Dax (Alphonso McAuley). She and Sophia …read more