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Dethroning Degrassi?!? The Skins Recap

February 8, 2011
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[This post is brought to you by:  lemonadeandlemoncake.  If you missed them, weeks one, two, and three are recapped as well.]

We start out this week with Cadie at her therapist. Did she really suggest that she should just be having sex and her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder would go away? Well, the psychiatrists on UK Skins didn’t know what they were doing either, so a well deserved jab. I’m starting to think Stan is a douchebag. He’s a realistic teenage boy (using the girl for drugs), but I was looking forward to him liking her and not being all wishy-washy about it. Skins gets criticism for not portraying parents as secure role models, but I think this is a call for parents to pay more attention to their kids.

Take Michelle, Cadie and Chris -all hungry for connection with their parents. Tea noted that Cadie deserved better treatment from her friends as they all use her as a drug mule. It was uncomfortable as Michelle’s stepdad sexually harassed her twice (before she gave in). I could not help but be reminded of this scene when Stanley swooped in to rescue her. There’s a difference in Cadie’s family from Cassie’s family – Cassie’s was oblivious and cared more about all the sex they were having than what was going on with their daughter. Cadie’s parents seem overly focused on her being fixed. The message feels like it’s being sent to parents as much as it is to teens – psychiatry can’t fix you. I liked the psychiatrist who suggested that people would always let Cadie down (though OCD is a lot more complex than that). I like that OCD is being brought out of the closet, instead of the often problematic depiction of anorexia. They did this with Asperger’s in the UK version and that helped countless neurotypical people to realize that we’re not freaks. I’d like to see what this does for people with OCD.

Overall, this was another racy episode of Skins, and I don’t think Degrassi deserves the ‘it goes there’ crown anymore. Not after Stan lay on Michelle’s bed, smoking a joint and holding her teddy bear while simultaneously wanking off. No, I think Skins gets the crown from now on.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2011 1:08 am

    I’m so bleeping excited that it’s Stanley’s episode on Monday, youhavenoidea.
    anddddddddddddddddddd I’m gonna shamelessly self-plug myself here, because I created a tumblr rp for a skins UK/US crossover. all Skins characters available except Sid. So obviously I need more people to join. So join.
    http://www.sidjenkinslovescurry.tumblr.com
    I know this seriously downgrades my reputation as a journalist/blogger but I am definitely a nerd at heart.

  2. February 10, 2011 7:59 pm

    Ok, Skins is a lot better than Degrassi. Yes, it’s on MTV and yes it’s bad, guilty-pleasure TV. But Degrassi was just stuff as many kids and as many issues into our episodes as possible. It wasn’t realistic or true, it was just drama and cliches. At least this show is semi interested in crafting real characters, not just saddling them with whatever issues happen to be “in.”

    Rest of my thoughts on this week’s episode here: http://imagemoved.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/moms-want-to-show-skins-too/

  3. February 11, 2011 4:49 am

    *sideyes imagemoved for saying it’s bad tv*

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