Oh, Skins. You lost me.
Last week’s episode held so much promise. The show was really starting to convince me it could move beyond its Degrassi-ness into the acclaimed television show Britain raves about. (On that note, many of you have suggested I watch the UK version to get a better feel of why everyone is so disappointed by this show. Once the MTV version is cancelled, as it should be, I’ll have to do that.)
This week though–mush. The plot jumped all over the place, more vignettes about various kids on a camping field trip than a cohesive plot. As they bounced around, the story lines were either boring or predictable. All you need to know is that everyone wants to get high, Abbud has a crush on Tea (who doesn’t in this show?), and Tea is a lesbian. All things we already knew. In 40 minutes of airtime, this episode basically added nothing to the advancement of the show.
Abbud’s crush isn’t unrealistic, it’s just that we already have one guy infatuated with Tea (Tony) and one other pathetic guy in love with a girl he can’t have (Stanley). Abbud is an excess character. Despite his adorable looks toward Tea, he adds literally nothing to the show. He is a waste of character, episode, and screen time. The writers would do well to focus their energy elsewhere.
The Tony and Tea developments were unusual just in the fact that the hookup was not shown. The first time the two engaged in something physical, it was intense and on-screen. We saw the build up and the culmination, and thus became attached to their relationship. This time, we were deprived of that satisfaction, so when Tea says, “No, I’m really a lesbian,” we believe her. I’m no longer hoping she’s just confused and Tony turns her back straight. I think she is confused, but she is a lesbian. It was a nice trick of the show, but it can’t redeem this black hole of an episode.
Lastly, we have Chris and hot teacher, Tina. “You could get me fired!” she half-heartedly protests when he walks in on her changing in her tent. Fired? Honey, Mary Kay Letourneau served over seven years for what you’re doing. Regardless, I more or less liked their dynamic in this episode. But my biggest frustration with this show is, What have these two been doing since Chris’ episode? Last time we dealt with them they were living together! Has everyone forgot about this? The show has left us completely in the dark only to flip the lights back on at a time when background information is completely necessary!
Ugh, Skins. You’re like a high school student in the bathroom getting high–completely squandering your potential.