Devi Vishwakumar is a little crazy — we’ve seen her fall into swimming pools and sneak out when grounded. In addition, we saw Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) struggle with the loss of her father and make questionable decisions in her friendships and relationships. But in Season Four she's calm and confident. The final season of “Never Have I Ever” shows a new, more mature Devi. And although the plotlines are similar, they also center around her navigating the college process — a scary, relateful and stressful experience.
Yes, she still has her loveable quirks, but some of her actions felt unpredictable — in a good way. For example, she ends any sort of romantic prospects with Paxton the grown up way by simply talking to him, and they eventually decide to be friends. After her fall out with Ben, despite her arguments with his new girlfriends, she eventually comes to terms with their breakup. It felt like she had finally learned from her mistakes, and really grew from them. Side note: her sense of style seems to have grown too, because every single outfit Devi wore was stunning!
I also loved how they showed the growth of Kamala, Devi's older cousin from India, who at the beginning of the series, was afraid to stand up for herself. Initially she struggled with wanting to confront workplace misogyny and also her relationships, both secret and arranged. Season Four Kamala has come such a long way, and throughout, she grapples with the idea of finally forging her own path away from her family.
One of my favorite aspects of the show is that it revolves not only around Devi’s love life, but that of her mother, and grandmother. It’s interesting to see how different each family member deals with relationships, and how their priorities change based on age. We see Nalini (Poorna Jagannathan) and Nirmala (Ranjita Chakravarty) both get into relationships showing how love presents itself in many ways.
Unfortunately, one way the show fell short for me was its portrayal of Devi navigating the college process. She seems to be a negative stereotype — not applying to any safeties, having an elitist mentality and considering regular decisions a taboo. I wish they had shown Devi coming to terms with the idea of going to a school that isn’t her dream, even if she still got into Princeton off the waitlist.
This season is a must watch. It’s funny, heartfelt and is everything you could ever want in a TV show. Quite frankly, it’s a little bittersweet that it’s ending. Although the plotline was coming to a close, and it was gratifying to watch Devi finally let high school go. But over the years, I’ve become attached to her goofy personality. The hope is that “Never Have I Ever” was just the start to good South Asian representation in Hollywood.
Edited by Nykeya Woods