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The Women of Skins Could Kick Your A$$ – The Recap

March 1, 2011

These girls are incredibly badass.

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Directly before watching this week’s episode, I was ranting about the general sexism of American TV.  I’d been immersing myself in Irish and British movies (Cherrybomb, WildTarget) that had strong female characters, but then I tuned into House and noticed that all of the female characters I used to know had been phased out, yet every single one of the male characters still had a strong plot line. I tuned into Skins to lift my spirits.

After getting an STD test, Michelle finds out that she has chlamydia. Yay for consequences to go with this partying lifestyle. After close to 100 episodes, Glee is still waiting to deliver on this ‘stereotypes are the point of the show and this is somehow progress’ thing, and Skins has already given us strong hints that they’re not endorsing the fancy free, pills and booze lifestyle they show in the previews.

It’s Tony to blame, of course, and she finds out that it’s practically every single girl at Roundview (this episode is rife with parallelisms – unintentional my rump) and, later, that it’s Tea, too.

Stan confronts Tony, asking what he’s going to do. He also tries to punch him, and, in a truly cruel scene that made me want to hug Stan, is dodged and runs into the bathroom stall, fracturing his nose. His day only gets worse – he confesses his love for the badass Cadie who has already found a new man (GO CADIE). It then gets better, because Michelle decides that, since Tony is kind of out of the game, she’d like some play from Stan. Did you know that the word ‘come’ in reference to ejaculation is censored?

Yeah, me neither. But Stanley does it too early. Five seconds in. Michelle is a badass and tells Tony to f*ck off. She seems to finally see that she deserves to be taken seriously. This is the first Skins US episode exclusively written by a female and I have to say…hell yes to the badass women of Skins.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2011 12:37 pm

    I forgot to ask you whether or not I can cuss on this blog.

    • March 1, 2011 12:43 pm

      We like to operate around a PG-13ish level, for those folks who read us at work. Plus, I enjoy creative expletive spellings!

  2. inkelves permalink
    March 1, 2011 12:44 pm

    Lol have you ever watched the British version of Skins? It’s bloody depressing I can tell ye that much, they all seem a bit wet too.. I might have to download the US version.

    • March 1, 2011 2:16 pm

      Have I ever watched the British version of Skins.
      is the sky blue?
      is grass green?

  3. Karen permalink
    March 1, 2011 2:24 pm

    Well that’s why I like the UK version, they didn’t try to get preachy, which is what the US version is probrably doing. They are probably doing that because of the pressure that the US gives to make run-of-the-mill moralistic stories.

    • March 1, 2011 2:44 pm

      they’re not getting preachy. >.>

  4. March 1, 2011 7:04 pm

    I don’t think they’re getting preachy at all. That’s one thing I enjoy about this show is that things aren’t ended in a neat little bow.

    Seriously, a much much better episode this week. Michelle went up so far in my opinion. They developed her character so well this episode, and the young newcomer can actually act a bit. Kudos to Skins.

    Thoughts 🙂

  5. March 1, 2011 9:46 pm

    Imagemoved, you’re going to lovvvee the uk version.

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