May 11, 2010 signaled a landmark in TV history: Daria was at last made available for purchase on DVD. It took all of eight years for the fat cats at MTV (though none of them are actually allowed to be fat if they want to permitted entry into the Santa Monica office) to take notice of the Daria revolution that has been afoot ever since the show ended in 2002. There has been an almost astonishing demand for this triple threat of sarcasm, wit, and cynicism to be released on DVD. Evidently, it was one of the top ten most sought after shows viewers wanted to see have an official release. Considering that Daria only had one friend on the show, it seems contradictory, but fitting vengeance against her Lawndale detractors, that she should have so many legions of devotees.
A major reason for the show's delay in being released was, naturally, all of the choice and very of the moment songs that peppered the entire series could not possibly be afforded if executives had any intention of getting the music licensing for all of it. We're talking gems like Hanson's "MMMBop," Daft Punk's "Around the World," Monaco's "What Do You Want From Me?" and a roster of Blur songs including "Country House," "The Universal," and "Song 2." All proof positive that Daria was a show that reflected the 90s to an incredibly on point degree. Glenn Eichler, one of the shows co-creators and a proven genius based upon some of the episodes he has written, notes, "99 percent of the music has been changed, because the cost of licensing the many music bites we used would have made it impossible to release the collection (and for many years did)." Once again, you can never have your cake and eat it too. But for those impatient enough to buy the bootleg version (that would be me), meaning a business savvy fan who taped every episode and then converted each one to DVD using Dazzle, you, too, can experience every classic song the show has to offer.
But back to the lady amid all the controversy. After eight years of letting the show age, the question is, of course, does it hold up? Speaking objectively, fuck yes. Maybe it doesn't address some of the more current, topical teen issues like meth, a new strain of STD, iPods and any other accoutrement from the Apple catalogue, Twitter and Facebook, progressively worsening music trends courtesy of Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Kesha, et. al., and being generally glued to a computer (but Daria definitely had something to say about that, even in 1997, in the episode entitled "Cafe Disaffecto"), but certain high school experiences transcend the boundaries of technological advancement. Namely total alienation and the practice of waiting for something better to happen.
There is just one little flaw Daria has that formerly contributed (sadly, the show doesn't have much clout with influencing the current state of things) to dividing the female population into two groups: Girls who either fit into the Daria category, which is to say negative and unsightly, or the Quinn category, which is to say devoid of an original thought, but she'll likely suck you off in the backseat of your car (but only if it's a cool car). It's sort of like the modern equivalent of the Madonna/whore concept. Which girl do you think will end up alone with nothing but her convictions to keep her warm at night? But the conundrum solidifies one of the recurrent themes of the show: High school never really ends. There is inevitably always something you will be outside of, not really a part of, and some asshole authority figure you have to listen to. And so, to conclude, I leave you with one of the infinite number of exceptional quotes from Ms. Morgendorffer and her only friend Jane. I don't feel I really need to give you the context of the episode, suffice it to say that it was extracted from "Depth Takes A Holiday."