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So down with the youth culture...
2012
unknownj
Skins continues to impress me with its subtlety, which is not something I had expected to be in a position to say. As you might imagine, spoilers follow..

The way in which Cook backed off from Naomi in last night's episode makes last week's episode more interesting for a couple of reasons. The first is that Freddie's sister had implied one way or another that her sleeping with Cook was more complicated than it might at first appear, and part of the implication was that she might not have been an entirely willing participant. However, with Cook demonstrating that he's actually fine with not having sex with someone even if he was sure up until that point that he would kind of suggests that he's aware that no means no, which blows any suspicions we might have had about him out of the water.

Then again with the Effy situation at the end of last week's episode, it's further interesting to know that even though he was being a cock, it would still been done with her enthusiastic approval, rather than a grudging acceptance. That's important, because it further proves that Effy is basically a bitch, who people pity because she's so ~damaged~, but ultimately there just isn't a nice girl in there. Until the writers decide there is and write one. But, as with Tony in the first series (except even moreso), there's nothing to like about her just yet.

Otherwise the show continues as expected. Everybody is meant to like Pandora because she's dappy and useless, rather like Sid. Nobody likes Effy because she's a bitch, except everyone thinks they do because she has charisma, and you can get away with a lot if you've got that. Everyone likes Emily better than Katie because it's been so desperately written that way, down to them casting the prettier twin in that role. Cook is being written as a knob, with moments of redemption so that when they decide to do something interesting with his backstory a bit later, we'll actually care. JJ is thus far a non-character which is why he gets his own episode next week. Everyone has sympathy for Freddie because he's been written as nothing but sympathetic.

It's not exactly complex drama, but the dynamic works, it's written cleverly in places, and hey, it's set in Bristol. Hard to complain about seeing where I used to live a bit (much like watching Sugar Rush after I'd left Brighton).

At least one thumb up, so far.

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I don't particularly have sympathy for Freddie. Sure it's sad that his mum died, but he kind of strikes me as a little pathetic pining over Effy when as you said, she's a complete bitch. He's not striking me as having a lot of common sense.

The impression I'd gotten from Freddy's sister's situation about Cook was either 1. That it was forced on her or 2. (which I am leaning more towards) That she is/was completely in love with him.

I think we haven't really even seen enough of Katie other than to know that she's kind of a tramp, so I'm reserving my judgment on her even though I like Emily quite a bit.

One thing that really bothers me though, is that we're only 6 episodes in and Cook has already gotten with most of the girls on the show. I get that the whole Pandora thing was meant to create a sort of tension between her and Thomas, but on the whole I thought it was kind of ridiculous because we already get that Cook is a skeevy guy.

Sure it's sad that his mum died, but he kind of strikes me as a little pathetic pining over Effy when as you said, she's a complete bitch.

You only think that because you're a total bitch yourself, and so your perspective is warped. He's a nice guy, he's written in such a way that you're meant to like him - if you don't, it's probably your failing :oP

Ouch. :'(

He is written in a way that we're meant to like him, but pretty much almost his entire purpose in the show thus far has been to pout. He's a poor little sad boy so we're meant to feel sorry for him, but he hasn't done anything worthy of being likable, really.

ETA: Hmm... I feel like Effy and I have a lot in common right now. lol

Edited at 2009-02-28 08:18 am (UTC)

Things he's done that make him likeable:

1. He's not Cook

What more do you actually need here? His character has been positioned as the alternative to the idiot Cook, and the hard-to-relate-to JJ..

As for actively doing likeable things, I'm not sure that Sid ever did anything to be liked for, but people liked him all the same. He's the downtrodden underdog, who has good intentions but is kept down by the idiots that fill his life. It's a bit tired and overused, but still, the point is that you're meant to like him, because he's nice, and normal, and in a show full of dysfunctional tossers, that's something to cling to with hope...

Not being as horrible of a person in comparison to someone who is really a piece of shit not a good reason to like someone.

I don't think JJ is that hard to relate to. Yes, he's a bit over-the-top in the awkward department, but I can think of how people could relate to being stuck in the middle of a feud between friends.

Not being as horrible of a person in comparison to someone who is really a piece of shit not a good reason to like someone.

Yes, but when the situation is basically putting the two people opposed to each other, how can you help but take a side? And it's not exactly difficult to see which side is "right", whether or not you think he's weak just because he can't get over the bitch he's in love with :oP

I don't think JJ is that hard to relate to. Yes, he's a bit over-the-top in the awkward department, but I can think of how people could relate to being stuck in the middle of a feud between friends.

I wouldn't know, I tend to be one of the people causing trouble, rather than being stuck in the middle of it :oP

I didn't say he's weak, just kind of lacking in common sense.

Oh, and Sid at least provided comic relief whereas Freddie is just an emo-boy. :P

Only because he was so laughably shit, that's not exactly something to like about him. He was absolutely rubbish at every single thing he ever tried.

But he was very much like Ron Weasley in that he's pretty much shit at everything but he's sweet and loyal and when you're in a bind he's always there for you.

Freddie I think is more of someone who is a good person really because he's forced to take the moral high ground.

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