Adrian Bliss said goodbye to 2017 in a big way: by preparing for the death of his old self and the birth of a whole new Adrian. But don’t worry, it’s all a metaphor.
We’ve all heard the saying “new year, new you”, but what happens when you live you life by it? That’s what Adrian Bliss explores in his new series, Bye Bye. Featuring a host of throwbacks to his previous series, we’re given a glimpse of just what it takes to usher in our new and improved selves, and are taught some lessons along the way.
The six-part series follows a similar style to that of Adrian’s Vlogvember and Vlune series. Past favourites, such as Greg McCahon and Beth, make appearances, as do new faces, like Bertie Gilbert, who we learn in Episode One is a liar who shouldn’t be trusted. As Adrian states, “It’s important to remember that some people are liars. They won’t say nice things about you and that makes them haters, and life’s too short for haters.” Pretty solid advice, if you ask us.
Each episode in the series focuses on a specific topic. The first is about reflection, which is best done whilst talking to yourself in the mirror, while the second one is about typing up loose ends, both figuratively and literally. Adrian does this by bungee jumping and apologising to the baby he knocked over in the park earlier this year… Shame she didn’t accept his apology.
The third and fourth episodes focus on tidying up life, cutting toxic people out, and chatting about the future (sometimes with your future self!). However, as Adrian shows, this doesn’t always go as planned, so best be prepared for failure. Sometimes, using delicate language like “you’re horrible and I never want to see you again” just isn’t enough.
The final episodes of Bye Bye see things getting deep – real deep. Through his preparation for death, Adrian comes to the realisation he should be focused on the now, instead of getting worked up about the past and future, and that he should be making memories in the moment. Live in the now and worry about the future when it gets here. See, pretty deep stuff. Not something you’d expect from a guy whose manager can’t get his name right.
Through Bye Bye, Adrian has created both a comedic work of art and a moral story everyone can take something from. What started off as series preparing for the future turned into one about living in the moment and not letting time fly by, and that’s left us with a lot to think about. Metaphors, huh?
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