• What do you think of Imogen?

    Posted on 07/27/2011 by Lisa

    DON'T READ IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THE EP YET. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!

    Hello, people who've seen Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Pt. 1!

    Do you think Adam's right about Imogen? I mean... "psycho" is a strong word, but what kind of person injures herself just to keep someone she's never spoken to before out of trouble? Imogen seems to have made a real impression on Eli (putting tampons in your nose is a pretty memorable action), but I'm a little worried about the effect she could have on him.

    Eli's going through a rough time, and I feel like he needs to spend time with calm, sane people (like, say... Adam). At the same time, I'm also kind of worried about Imogen. From what we've seen so far, Eli might not be the best influence on her either.

    Meanwhile... Do you think Ziley are headed in a bad direction? What about Kenna? (I can't add anyone else to my worry list tonight -- it's full.)

    And one final Degrassi thought of the night: I've never worked at a restaurant, so I'm not an expert on this, but there didn't appear to be much cleaning going on at that clean up party. If you've ever worked at a place like Little Miss Steaks, do things really get that wild after it closes up for the night? Enlighten me.

    Imogen and her tampon-filled nose
    What do you think of Imogen?

  • Songs from Degrassi "Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Pt. 1"

    Posted on 07/27/2011 by ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Get Loose" (remix) by Quanteisha
    Marisol's Little Miss Steaks party song. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Marisol had her tunes on her iPod -- so it was really fun to figure out what she would actually listen to. This Quanteisha song was perfect, Marisol definitely likes the fat bass line and groovy chorus."

    "Big Bird in a Small Cage" by Patrick Watson
    Eli struggles with creativity, takes his pills. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Among the most powerful moments we've seen so far, we knew the scene would need the perfect, most emotionally driven song we could find, and came up with one of our very most cherished songs, "Big Bird in a Small Cage". The scene, lyrics and music all speak for themselves, and we sincerely encourage you to go find more about the artist, Patrick Watson!"

    "Honey Woman Lady Cutie" by Alexander Fairchild
    Imogen is a freak!
    " We quickly realized that much like Eli, Imogen needed her own sort of music... and this tune kicked it all off. Eli is definitely interested. Though, whether she becomes his honey-woman-lady-cutie remains to be seen..."

  • One Way to Change a Mind

    Posted on 07/26/2011 by Mary

    So, here's what put these two shows on my list of Favorite Degrassi Eps Ever.

    I love when Degrassi shows us not just a candy-coated version of high school foibles, but the ugliness that happens when people make mistakes because they just don't know any better yet.

    "if there's one thing we can't count on Degrassi for it's showing us the good AND the bad." - GOODOLDDAYS

    Totally, GoodOldDays.

    So, the backlash against Dave -- the LGBT club petition, the disciplinary actions, Zane's lecture, the discomfort of his closest friends, and the angry glares he got from a trans-tolerant student body at Degrassi -- it's all understandable. When people say cruel, insensitive, harmful, and intolerant things, it pisses us off. And we say things like "I wanted to punch him" and "I hope Sadie and his friends completely dump him."

    Adam gets through to Dave in Degrassi detention.
    Adam gets through to Dave in Degrassi detention.

    But did anyone else think it was interesting that the thing that actually made Dave think was a frank explanation from Adam of what was at stake (civil rights) and what it's like to be him (frickin' not easy). In that conversation, Adam took Dave seriously, and tried his best to connect with him on a human level -- he didn't just write him off. And that's what made Dave step out of his defensiveness for a minute so he could really consider his actions... the scorn of his community didn't have quite the same effect -- it made him feel cornered and persecuted. Is it fair that Adam had to be preternaturally mature and able to handle this so calmly in order to get through to Dave? No. But it was so much better for the outcome that he was. And would all of the Daves of this world sit there and listen to Adam's sensitivity training? No. But that's why I give Dave credit for being a decent and open-minded human being (if slow on the open-mindedness uptake).

    Remember: Dave doesn't watch Degrassi like the rest of us. He didn't know anything about what being transgender means (just like a lot of us didn't before we met Adam.) And if Sadie and his friends completely dumped him... there's a good chance some other students at Degrassi would have been more than happy to give Dave the pats on the back he wanted, and they would have formed an insular and potentially dangerous little crew of haters. (I don't know where Owen's at with his various phobias these days but... he's certainly a candidate.) And since the basis of their friendship would have been hate, it would have festered and festered... this is how you end up with, say, white power crews. You know?

    Anyway. Big fat kudos to Adam for being the bigger man, and to Dave for catching up eventually. Big fat kudos to anyone out there who tries to educate those around them. And major sympathy to Adam for having to figure this stuff out on his own:

    "Honestly...adam has NO help in all this as to how he should approach anything. he's lost. ... i think adam needs to hear some advice from someone who knows about transgender difficulties...and dave needs to grow up!" - BETHANY65

    Seriously... I wish Adam could talk to TeenNick user RILEY:
    "When I was watching Adam go into the bathroom I was cringing so hard! As an ftm myself I saw two things he did wrong going in there and I knew it wasn't going to end well. One he was making small talk which isn't the worst thing but then looking at Dave while he was doing his business was breaking the code of the mens room. I was sitting in bed waving my hands at the computer screen when Adam did this "like what are you thinking???" Although I see where Dave's coming from, he had no right to publicly humiliate Adam on the damn radio. That's probably the last thing Adam needs is to be openly singled out for being transgender and for making a mistake."

  • Songs from Degrassi "Cry Me a River, pt. 2"

    Posted on 07/26/2011 by Ryanmcl

    Yet again, the generous Degrassi Music Team is providing us with not just the names of the songs that were playing during your favorite scenes in Degrassi: Now or Never, but how those songs ended up there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "The Lake" by Aunt Martha
    Fiona witnesses Charlie arguing with her "girlfriend". Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "A beautiful song and moment. Listen to the drums in this song -- such a gorgeous east-coast vibe. The lyrics float along the top of the scene, pushing Fiona to the brink -- she was so hopeful, and once again, it all comes crashing down."

    "Why Won't You Listen" by The Danger Bees
    Charlie rejects Fiona. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Fiona tries, and tries again. She's so timid and uncertain, and this song reflects her so well. The lyrics were more pointed this time -- as Fiona really does have such a good heart."

    "Pilgrim's Day" by Lake
    Dave observes Adam's handicapped washroom woes
    "Sometimes we really love a band and their sound, and we can make it through the last of their songs before finding the right one. In the case of Lake, the gem "Pilgrim's Day" is near the end of the album -- and it was just perfect when the lyrics hit "window in, window out" on the shot of Dave through the window."

    "I Saw the Devil Last Night" by Moros Eros
    Dave commandeers Degrassi Radio.
    "We loved the energy of this song and how it translated to Dave's intentions. We kind of knew he was up to something by the tone of the song, and it was all timed to hit certain moments of his actions."

    "Tonight" by Take Me to the Pilot
    Dave offers an olive branch; Adam accepts; all is well.
    "We had known about Take Me to the Pilot through the friends who share our office -- a company called Dale Speaking in Toronto. They loved the band and so do we, and this epic song helped us tell the tale of how differences can be overcome."

  • Songs from Degrassi "Cry Me a River pt. 1"

    Posted on 07/25/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    Which songs were on Degrassi?

    "Lay Your Heartbreak" by Winterpills
    Fiona leaving a sad message on Charlie's phone. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This is a pretty depressing moment for Fiona -- so the song had to reflect that, obviously. The lyrics didn't match the scene per se, but having lyrics too on-the-nose can sound pretty nerdy. This was a delicate balance of feeling and lyrics, and they matched the scene very well."

    "This Work" by Meligrove Band
    Sav cuts Dave off-air after his Degrassi Radio rant. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "There have been so many opportunities for this song -- its theme is so general and applicable to everyday life. But when this scene came along -- where we actually see how hard life can be for Adam -- the lyrics play a double-entendre. On Adam's side, obviously, he leads an abnormal life and it's tough to fit in. For Dave, we think it's just as tough -- he expressed himself in the wrong way, but in the end, he's just trying to fit in, too."

  • New Interview! Argiris Karras and Shannon Kook-Chun!

    Posted on 07/25/2011 by Mary

    I caught up with Argiris and Shannon (who are not dating each other in real life, lest you get confused by their jokestery below) on the Degrassi set. The three of us sat down for a little chat in -- true story -- a booth inside Little Miss Steaks. The seats there are kind of uncomfortable, if you've ever wondered.

    Degrassi's Argiris Karras and Shannon Kook-Chun, aka Riley and Zane, 2011 I've heard that you guys knew each other before the show, and that maybe Argy, you suggested that Shannon should audition? Or what's the story there?

    Argiris: It was more of a surprise actually. He told me, "Hey, I've got an audition..." I don't know, do you remember how it went?
    Shannon: I think we were at Jake Epstein's birthday, who played Craig on the show. I came to meet Argy because he and I were together like, every day that summer. We'd bike in the rain back from a night out, we'd double on the bike.

    Oh my God! How did you know each other?

    Shannon: I saw him somewhere before, and I was like "Yo, didn't I see you at...?"
    Argiris: At an audition room actually, yeah.
    Shannon: Yeah, he was doing a self-tape for an audition, so I saw him and stopped him. And then, where did we actually hit it off?
    Argiris: Maybe... I can't remember.
    Shannon: You don't remember our first date! (laughs) There were a lot of nights and days out. So then at Jake's birthday, I just told him. And he was calling me Zane all night trying to get me in character.
    Argiris: Yeah, I do remember that.

    So you were specifically auditioning for Zane, it wasn't one of those things where like, Liberty auditioned for Manny...

    Shannon: No, and they didn't even know that I was friends with him until when I got the role and we came for rehearsal. Our director was like, 'So, you guys are friends? That's a bonus! We never knew that.' And I don't know if it would have affected their decision, in a good way or bad way -- it could be a bad thing. And then she asked, 'Do you think this makes it easier or more difficult for you?' And I wasn't really sure. It is easier in a way because we have a rapport and we're comfortable with each other.

    It's interesting that you weren't just friend but like fast friends, too.

    Argiris and Shannon: Yeah.
    Shannon: And it's not often... you meet a lot of people in the industry but to get to work with someone that you would actually go out and dance with -- Argy and I would be the only two guys really breaking it down on the dance floor.
    Argy: Yeah, a lot of guys wouldn't go out there, they're pretty pathetic, they're just staying against the wall. Though, you know, we were there at some point in our life.
    Shannon: They're scoping out chicks.
    Argy: They just scope and they kind of creep and they kind of try to pull girls' dresses. It's just like, 'No, you've gotta have fun!' You've gotta show the girl that you're having fun and then stuff flows.

    TO BE CONTINUED... too many spoilers in the rest of our conversation!

  • The Week in Degrassi: Let's Review.

    Posted on 07/22/2011 by Mary

    Drew and Bianca from Degrasi DREW AND BIANCA: It took some pretty extraordinary circumstances to do them in, but now it appears that Drianca are over. I talked to Luke Bilyk and Alicia Josipovic about the break-up, and they were as bummed as some of you guys out there about it:

    Alicia: We were SO UPSET.
    Luke: After we did that scene, we were like, "So, Stefan. We're getting back together, right?"... It was really rude of Drew to do that, especially after all that Bianca's done for Drew.

    What do you think... was Drew rude? And do you think they'll get back together?

    KC AND JENNA: So, Jenna's stuck in a pile of poo-protectors while KC gets to go to school -- and now a job -- with friends. How do you think things will go for them long term? Will Kenna figure it out and stay together until baby Tyson is old and gray?

    ANYA AND OWEN: After a rough week, Anya is going for a sure thing. Do you think the fact that Owen is so into her will be good for her self-esteem? Or will he find some way to make things even worse?

    ANNND CAKE. The mighty mighty Lumberjake has ambled into our lives, eaten Mrs. Edwards' food, and kissed Clare just to shut her up. Do you think he really is as "low drama" as he seems?

    NEXT WEEK: We meet Imogen! And Katie! Plus some Ziley story, and two of my favorite eps from all of Now or Never.

    And don't forget -- the Degrassi mobile game has already had its first update (and I officially suck at Degrassi skee ball... but I'm really good at making Eli like me.) It's only $0.99 in the app store at iTunes - just search for Degrassi.

  • Sympathy for Bianca and Anya?

    Posted on 07/21/2011 by Mary

    SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN "IDIOTEQUE" YET...

    So, starting off with some of your reactions to the Ownya hook-up from last night:

    "I personallly think Owen is kind of hot, but he is such a pig. So this can go many ways." - TEENTITAN6

    "I actually like Owen. I mean he seems like a nice guy, but he puts all his nasty on the outside." - AIYA222

    That's actually a really good way to put it Aiya222 -- and it's probably true of all bullies, mean girls, etc.. They "put their nasty on the outside" to protect their vulnerable spots on the inside. But... I still can't stomach the fact that he threw Zane in a dumpster, threw Adam through a glass door, and probably defaced Riley's locker. Until he owns up to the wrongness of that stuff, he's on my bad side -- tender wounded inner child or no.

    Mostly, I'm really feeling for Anya in this whole situation. Your best friends are basically gossiping about you, you make a stupid facebook (sorry; facerange) move because you're too flustered to think, you're still reeling from having no post-high school destination and rejection from a great guy, and your consolation prize guy utters such sweet nothings as: "You're not too good for me, Anya." Yowwwch. Crappy sitch for Anya all around.

    Speaking of crappy sitches: My Bianca sympathy meter went through the ROOF on this ep. Of course, I still don't forget what she did to Adam either. But I think her wounded inner child is on full display. When Drew dumped her... oh my God! You could see her struggling to keep a brave face and being so eerily good at it... like it's a skill she's perfected.

    And so sad that Drew thought this would mean a fresh start. That didn't seem to turn out so well.

    Actually, question: Do you blame Bianca for what happened to Drew?

    Drew lies in the snow post-attack on Degrassi
    Drew lying in the snow post-attack on Degrassi

  • Songs from Degrassi "Idioteque"

    Posted on 07/21/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    Which songs were on Degrassi?

    "Way Back Home by The Real Deal
    From Bianca and Drew's make-out sesh at the top of the episode. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " We needed a song that was full of energy -- and The Real Deal gave us the real deal. It felt fast, energetic and suspenseful... something was going to happen! But alas... it didn't. The song helped that moment out, too -- going from tons of music to none at all, we felt the awkwardness."

  • Anya! Really? Him?!

    Posted on 07/20/2011 by Mary

    SPOILERS BELOW IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED YET.

    Otherwise...

    Anya and Owen share a special moment at her birthday party on Degrassi.
    It's Anya's party and she'll hook up with Owen if she wants to.

    ANYA! What? Why? Him? Really? Are you sure? You can't be sure. You're not sure. Right? You're just reeling from Dr. Chris. (Yet another Degrassi love lost to Africa! Forsooth!)

    How do you guys think Anya will be feeling about this tomorrow? How do YOU feel about it right now?

    Also: I love both Fiona and Holly J, but I felt so bad for Connor when they were giggling about him at Anya's party. I just want him to be happy... and to stop openly staring at girls' boobs.

    And what do you think of KC's new job? What percent do you think he's doing it for Jenna and baby Ty, and what percent for himself and freedom?