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  • Degrassi Wrap Up: Building a Mystery, Pt. 2

    Posted on 10/19/2012 by Lisa

    Oh, my Beckdam heart. Let's talk about tonight's Degrassi. (If you haven't seen it yet, watch it here. *Spoilers below*)

    Becky and Adam like each other a lot, and I really, really wanted their relationship to work. I'm so mad at Becky's parents right now -- and so glad this episode aired on Spirit Day, since it's such a good example of how close-minded and judgmental people can be. The Bakers seem like intelligent, caring people, but the way they treated Adam when they found out he's transgender broke my heart. (Rewatch that scene here.) I hope they come around, because this storyline is starting to feel Romeo & Juliet-ish, and I just can't handle that. Beckdam have dealt with enough. I want some happiness for them -- and soon. I don't want to make you cry, but I'm going to post a screenshot from that final scene:

    Becky and AdamI can't even imagine what Becky's going through. It's an impossibly hard choice. One on side, she has her family, whom she's always been super-close to, and her faith. On the other side, she has Adam, the one guy who makes her heart happy. That's got to be so hard, because no matter what she decides, she's going to end up sad. And what kind of "therapy" are her parents sending her to? I am starting to cry again just thinking about it. I'm going to change the subject before I get tears all over my keyboard.

    Drew and BiancaDrew and Bianca are getting MARRIED! For realsies!! I'm glad that Bianca explained to Drew that she needs him to pay for the Vegas tickets. At first I was like "Where is Fiona getting $3000?!?" Like I said in last week's post, I think Bianca and Drew's marriage might actually work, but I know I'm in the minority there. Yes, they're young, but they've been through SO much, and they really love each other. (Sigh. I'm still thinking about Adam and Becky no matter how hard I try to move on.)

    Clare, as seen in Eli's short filmLet's talk about Eli's short films. Most of my good friends at NYU were in the film program, so I've seen a lot of student-made short films in my day. Eli's first project might be the worst one I've ever seen. Life tip: Don't do drugs. (I'm sure the Degrassi team had fun making the short films for this episode, though.) I'm glad Eli got a second chance, because his next project, about his relationship with Clare, was almost TOO GOOD. I loved it. It made me tear up.

    One last little note: I love WhisperHug, and I'm so glad Becky got them to perform at the fundraiser. I hope they someday put out an album, and I hope it's for sale in the real world.

    p.s. I am still thinking about Becky and Adam. I just want to hug them both so hard.


  • Degrassi: What's Dallas' Deal?

    Posted on 08/13/2012 by Lisa

    Did you watch "Sabotage, pt. 1"? What did you think of this scene between Clare and Mike Dallas?

    Dallas is still pretty new at Degrassi, but it seems like he's making enemies everywhere he goes. I almost feel bad for him, because he's in the same situation as Cam -- he's far from home and living with somebody else's family. (And we know how tough Drew and Adam's mom can be!) But in the short time we've known him, Dallas has been a jerk to so many people.

    After how he's acted around Fiona, Imogen, Maya, Katie, and Clare, do you think Dallas will ever be able to talk to a girl without making her angry? Do you think there's ANY girl at Degrassi who'd date him?


  • Nowhere to Run: Marshmallows and Mosquitoes

    Posted on 11/18/2011 by Lisa

    Here's another behind-the-scenes video shot on the set of Degrassi: Nowhere to Run.

    "It's really dark, really late, and full of bugs." - Aislinn Paul (Clare)

    If you could sit by that fire, making s'mores (or making out), with any Degrassi character, who would it be?


  • Nowhere to Run: Go behind the scenes.

    Posted on 11/17/2011 by Lisa

    Warning: Cuteness! Here's Melinda Shankar (Alli), Luke Bilyk (Drew), Munro Chambers (Eli), Aislinn Paul (Clare), and Justin Kelly (Jake), hanging out on the set of Degrassi: Nowhere to Run.

    I love when they play tortured, emotional characters on Degrassi, but in real life, they all seem so nice.

    Random question: Would you rather hang out with the Degrassi cast -- or their characters? (In a cabin in the woods, of course.)

  • Why were Clare's and Jake's reactions so different?

    Posted on 08/31/2011 by Mary

    LOOK OUT! SPOILERS! Watch "Dead and Gone, pt. 1" before you scroll any further!


    How come Jake was all:

    Jake in Degrassi Dead and Gone, pt. 1
    "Gee soon-to-be-stepmom and dad... your big news sure is swell!"

    When Clare was all:

    Clare in Degrassi Dead and Gone, pt. 1
    "Mother, you may wish to thank me for averting my eyes so as not to accidentally kill you with my death glare."


    Theory 1: Jake has had more time to get used to his parents divorce and wants his dad to be happy, even if it's at his own relationship's expense. Clare is still reeling and doesn't particularly care how happy her mom is at this point.

    Theory 2: Jake spies an easy way out of this relationship, and is gonna take it.

    Theory 3: Jake knows they can't "win" this one so he's not even going to try.

    I'm leaning toward a combo of 1 and 3. Especially based on the look on Jake's face when Clare was like "You didn't think about involving me in this decision?" But maybe I'm misinterpreting his face there? I don't know!

    What did you think?

    Only one more Degrassi: Now or Never episode left! SSSSSIIIIIIIGGGGGGHHHHHHH


  • When You Hate Your Girlfriend's Bestie.

    Posted on 08/25/2011 by Mary

    SPOILERS BELOW! Watch "Don't Panic, pt. 2" before reading.

    OK. I have two things I want to touch on from tonight's Degrassi episode.

    #1: This face. Drew making this face when Katie picks her "best friend" Marisol to be her V.P.:

    Degrassi's Drew is sooo excited to spend lots and lots of quality time with Katie's bestest buddy Marisol!
    Drew is sooo excited to spend lots and lots of quality time with Katie's bestest buddy Marisol!

    Poor Drew. Can't blame him for not wanting to have much to do with Marisol. Do you think Katie and Marisol's friendship should be over at this point? Or do you and your best friends work through really bad fights all the time?

    #2: Eli! Get out of the sweat lodge! I mean, I appreciate his enthusiasm for "doing the right thing" for Cake but OMG, a little privacy while they work through their issues, maybe? Him injecting himself into their relationship like that did not feel 100% healthy to me, even though I know he's at least given up on the notion of getting Clare back. Your thoughts?


  • Closure for E-Clare?

    Posted on 08/18/2011 by Mary

    SPOILERSSSSSSSS BENEATH. LOOK OUT. Watch "Extraordinary Machine, pt. 2" before reading.

    The vast majority of people in our 'Does Eli have a shot?' Facebook poll yesterday said that while Clare isn't 100% over her feelings for Eli, she's definitely done dating him. And based on tonight's ep (and on E!'s interview with Aislinn Paul), that sounds about right to me.

    I'm curious what the hardcore "no retreat, no surrender!" E-Clare shippers out there are feeling after this episode. Those final moments -- Clare putting a stamp of finality on things ("I'm just glad... he and I can go our separate ways."), followed by Clare making the following face:

    Clare contemplates going separate ways from Eli on Degrassi
    Eli and Clare can "go their separate ways" now. What would you call this emotion? Uncertainty? Peace? Regret? Wist?

    ... followed by Eli walking out of Degrassi feeling like he now finally has a shot at getting his life back under control, while Clare watches silently:

    Degrassi's Eli, finally ready to move on
    Eli, finally ready to move on. What's Clare feeling here?

    Holy poignancy! Did any of the hardcore E-Clare fans get any sense of closure out of tonight's ep? Let us know in the comments...

    Oh, and speaking of poignant. Oh my God. Jenna and KC watching Tyson get carried out of their lives? That was the worst. I know I wasn't the only one doing the ugly cry watching that scene. And Jenna just looked numb. I'm sure she has yet to really fully process her emotions about it, even if she feels sure they made the right decision. (Makes you think about what Holly J's birth mom went through when she gave her up -- wasn't Holly J eleven months old, too?)

    What's crazy is: that scene destroyed me, and yet it can't even hold a candle to the true level of sadness that moment would rise to in real life.

    It's especially hard because they had no happy options left. Raise Tyson, constantly struggling... to complete high school (if Jenna could ever really make it back at all), to make enough money to live on, to find any time to take care of their own needs (such as for instance, "having any fun")? Or give up Tyson, and break their own hearts to tiny, sad, little pieces in the process.

    The only happy options they ever had existed before they ever got pregnant. They could have held off on sex, or they could have used protection every single time.

    Jenna and KC cry after saying goodbye to their baby, Tyson.
    Jenna and KC bawl after saying goodbye to Tyson


  • Eclare fans, please check in.

    Posted on 08/08/2011 by Lisa

    SPOILER WARNING: Don't scroll down unless you've seen "U Don't Know, Pt. 1."

    If you loved Eli and Clare as a couple on Degrassi, how are you holding up this summer? Last week, we had lots of Clare and Jake "cake-out" sessions... and tonight things got pretty steamy during Imogen's audition.

    If you consider yourself an Eclare fan (or ever did), please answer the following questions:

    1.Do you think Eli and Clare will get back together?
    2.How long do you think Clare and Jake will last as a couple? Is Jake a rebound for Clare?
    3.How do you feel about Eli and Imogen's big ole kiss tonight? (He didn't kiss Sadie during her audition.)
    4.Imogen was pretending to be Clare during that kiss. On a scale of 1 to incredibly-freaking-weird, how weird is that?
    5.How will you feel if Eli and Imogen start dating? Do you see it as a rebound thing or do they have real potential?

    I know we've got some really sensitive Degrassi fans out there, so if any of you are having a tough time coping as Eli and Clare kiss other people, I just want you to know that the whole Degrassi community is here to support you. Feel free to discuss your feelings in the blog comments, on the message board, on Facebook, or Twitter. We're here for you.

    p.s. If you've got something to say about Holly J's health situation or the Adam / Katie storyline, feel free to share your thoughts on those, too. (Holly J was trending worldwide on Twitter tonight! Nice job, HJ.)

    Imogen and Eli kiss
    Elmo or Elimogen or Imogeli or whatever you want to call them.


  • New Interview: Aislinn Paul (Clare)!

    Posted on 08/04/2011 by Mary

    Aislinn Paul aka Clare from Degrassi: Now or Never So. Clare this season.
    Clare has gone boy crazy, I would say. Back in season 8 when she said to Darcy "I'm going to school for education, not boys..." Nope! Not really, anymore. It's good though, because she's definitely growing up and going through quintessential teenage experiences.

    Were you surprised at people's anger at Clare for breaking up with Eli?
    I don't want to label any audience members who were upset, but I think some of them were maybe... distracted? By Munro, and the "damaged character" -- that's always been a magnet for young girls. So I understand how that may have skewed their opinion, but I think Clare made the right choice, personally. And I don't know if I would have been strong enough to make that choice if I were in her place, so I'm really proud of her.

    Even though Clare's the type of person that wants to help, she had given so much already that it was taking a huge toll on her, and it was important to take a new direction.

    With the casual relationship that Clare and Jake are trying to have, I think no one's sure if Clare is really built for casual. But do you think it's good for her to try?
    Clare tries to do that because she doesn't want to get hurt, and I think the experience overall is good for her. She's trying a lot of new things this season, and I think it's all good for her. As teenagers, even the bad choice is a good choice because you get the experience. And Clare's losing her naivete, I suppose.

    What does the world need to know about Justin Kelly?
    There's too much to say! He's awesomeness in a really tall package! He's a really good artist, he draws the greatest cartoons. And real sketches, too. He's hilarious. And he's really tall.

    So, with Ray and Charlotte and everybody graduating, you're kind of one of the seniors now, in terms of being a show veteran. How does that feel?
    In all honesty, I'm petrified. I'm so, so scared. I was talking about this with my friend Krista; how once Jajube leaves, I will be the longest-running cast member still on the show. And it makes me... not a leader, because we don't have that around here. But it feels almost like a burden, a responsibility. Like -- I love all the people who are leaving, but Charlotte was an idol. And a friend. And every great thing someone can be to you. I was always looking up to her and trying to emulate her, and I'm not ready for her to leave! She's always that awesome, put-together person. She did great on the show, she did great in interviews, she had great style, she listened to great music, and we just got along so well. And with her leaving... she's impossible to replace, but I do want to give that kind of attitude to the new young'uns coming in.

  • Can Clare Keep It Casual? Can Anyone?

    Posted on 08/03/2011 by Mary


    Clare has a totes casual sexy kissing dream about Jake. Easy breezy!

    You know... Clare is many things, but "casual in the romance department" does not strike me as one of them.

    Although... maybe I shouldn't jump to conclusions. I mean I also never would've thought she'd date a guy who wears guyliner. Hell, a few years ago, I never even thought she'd wear actual non-uniform clothes. Clare's growing up, and maybe this is one symptom.

    And maybe it'll even be good for her. She could definitely use some fun. And what's more fun than making out with a Lumberjake?

    I don't know though. There are some who would argue that casual relationships (...or dating more than one person at once ...or friends with benefits) ever really work in the long run.

    What do you think? Can casual relationships work, and under what circumstances?