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  • Degrassi and Dance Academy: What'd you think?

    Posted on 03/02/2012 by Lisa

    Ouch, right? Tonight's Degrassi had lots of physical pain, and Dance Academy had lots of emotional pain.

    SPOILERS BELOW. Don't read any further until you've seen the latest episodes of Degrassi and Dance Academy!

    Katie and DrewI watched tonight's Degrassi with ice on my knee, because I fell on it while running. I'm sure my knee is nowhere near as bad as Katie's, but I was horrified when she kept playing soccer after her injury. Knees are pretty fragile, and that was NOT a smart move, no matter how much she wants to get on the team.

    I saw a bunch of comments on the sneak peek saying that Katie should've apologized to the other player when she realized how bad she was injured, and I agree. I know Drew told her not to, but c'mon... the girl was bleeding all over!

    Other thoughts on this episode:
    * I love that Tori and Tristan obsess over West Drive the same way we all obsess over Degrassi.
    * Yay for the brotherly conversation between Tristan and Owen!
    * I think this Tristan/Tori/Zig triangle might get interesting.
    * When Katie was trying to choose Degrassi's next event, I loved Marisol's suggestion to move "Degrassi Gladiators" up on the schedule. I am DYING to know what that is. I hope we hear more about it.
    * Face-mask girl is probably going to star in my next nightmare.
    * I'm tempted to memorize Alli's "wag that tail" speech so I can use it on sad friends.

    Meanwhile, on DANCE ACADEMY...
    Sammy and TaraTara got really embarrassed when the whole school found out about her giant crush on Ethan. What I learned from this ep: If anyone tries to get you to make a pros and cons list about someone you like, don't do it.

    But enough about Tara's crush. I want to talk about MY crush. Have I mentioned yet that Christian is my favorite character on this show? I think I'm going to put a nice big picture of him at the bottom of this post just because I can.

    Other things I liked about this episode:
    * The very beginning, where scenes of Tara dancing in the studio are intercut with scenes of Christian running from the cops. I thought that was beautiful (and not just because Christian was in it, I swear).
    * The bathing suit Kat wears when she takes Tara and Sammy to her secret swimming spot.
    * All the roommate drama between Tara and Abigail. It made me SO glad I don't have a roommate anymore!

    Hey, Christian...

  • Degrassi, Dance Academy, and Girl Fights...

    Posted on 02/24/2012 by Lisa

    Tonight on TeenNick, lots of girls said (and did) lots of mean things to each other. Let's break it down, and let's talk about what happened with Cake, too.

    SPOILERS BELOW. Don't read any further until you've seen the latest episodes of Degrassi and Dance Academy!

    First up: Degrassi.
    Right now I feel like Katie and Marisol are such bad friends that they sort of deserve each other. When they decided that it was fine to let Imogen take the blame for everything, I started talking to my TV, like "Are you KIDDING me?" (and that's one of the nicer things I said out loud as I watched.) I felt like we really saw Katie and Marisol at their worst in this episode.

    Maya and ToriThe scenes between Tori and Maya were hard to watch for different reasons. I agreed with Simpson when he said how disappointed he was to see "two smart girls fighting over a guy the first week of school." And like, FIGHT-fighting. Spitting! Hair-pulling! Over a dude! Yes, Zig is cute, but really?!! I'm dying to hear what you guys think of Tori now -- especially after the scene in Simpson's office where she seemed to want Maya to feel sorry for her.

    Meanwhile... I'm sending a hug out to all the Cake fans tonight. Jake had a good point about how he and Clare are already "linked for life" and that having sex might just make everything more complicated. That heartbreaking conversation in the kitchen (followed immediately by hanging out as a family) sort of proved his point. I think no matter what, though, they're headed for more complications. I mean, they still like each other, right? And they still live in the same house?

    Meanwhile, on DANCE ACADEMY...
    When Abigail ran in, acting all excited to have Tara for a roommate, I was confused about who she was for a second. It looked like Abigail, the girl that tried to get Tara kicked out of auditions. Then I realized... yup, it's Abigail, and she's being really, really fake. I think Tara instinctively felt the same way, but because she's a nice person, she gave Abigail the benefit of the doubt.

    Sammy, Tara, and KatI feel like on both shows tonight, the adults were completely out of the loop about the girl vs. girl drama. Simpson seemed unwilling to believe anything bad about Katie and Marisol, and Miss Raine tells Tara that if she wants to be successful, she should spend MORE time with Abigail. Yes, Kat might be a bad influence in some ways -- she does convince Tara to leap off of a building -- but Abigail seems like she's intentionally trying to ruin Tara's chances at the academy.

    A few things I liked about this episode:
    *The kangaroo!!
    *Spotting the girl from H2O. (Cariba Heine played Rikki on H2O, and she's Isabelle on Dance Academy.)
    *The way Kat defends Sammy when the other guys make fun of him.
    *This quote: "The thing about being at the bottom is... there's nowhere else to go but up." - Tara

    Are you ready for another Dance Academy episode? The next ep, Behind Barres, will air on TeenNick next Friday, but you can watch it online RIGHT HERE!

    Tara, Kat, and Abigail

    Random question to answer in the comments: Which girl would you LEAST want as a friend?
    Marisol (Degrassi)
    Tori (Degrassi)
    Katie (Degrassi)
    Abigail (Dance Academy)
    Kat (Dance Academy)

  • Welcome Back, Degrassi, and Hello, Dance Academy!

    Posted on 02/20/2012 by Lisa

    Degrassi is back!! And it made a friend! Did you watch both shows tonight? Want to discuss them?

    SPOILERS BELOW. If you haven't seen the episodes yet, go here for Degrassi or here for Dance Academy.

    Some of you got to watch "Underneath It All, pt. 1" at the Degrassi parties last week. So much fun. I wish we could do that all the time.

    Imogen arrives at Fiona's partyOh, so... new friends. What does Fiona have against Imogen? When she said, "I would love to sit with you, but I promised that girl," I felt so sad. Yes, Imogen is a little weird, but don't weird people deserve friends, too? I'm also not happy that they left Imogen behind at the end of the episode. Also: I thought Imogen looked so cute and Imogen-y in the outfit she wore to Fiona's party. She looked nice in the black dress, too, but the tutu seemed so much more her.

    As TeenNick's quiz writer I have lots of thoughts about the fact that Clare tried to use a personality quiz to figure out if she and Jake are ready to have sex. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!! I love quizzes, but there is a time and place for them -- and losing your virginity is NOT one of those times. Watching that scene (see it again here), I wished that Clare and Alli were still friends, because I feel like Alli would've talked things through with her and helped Clare figure out what she wanted.

    Other random thoughts as I watched the ep:

    *Connor is back!!
    *I wish I had a sushi guy on call.
    *Zig & Maya = cutie patooties. I want this to happen! I hope Zaya happens!
    *The plaid mini-dress Marisol wore to Fiona's party was super-cute.
    *That is a LOT of tin foil. Either they bought every roll of foil in a twenty mile radius around Degrassi, or the Degrassi caf is very well stocked.

    And let's talk DANCE ACADEMY!

    Tara and KatYou've probably never seen Xenia Goodwin (who plays Tara) on TV before, because she's primarily a ballet dancer. I love that they cast actual dancers in this show, because that makes it feel so much more real.

    When Georgia tells Tara, "Abigail always stands at the front of the bar," it gave me such a sense of what Abigail is like as a person. I would not want her as a roommate.

    Who's your favorite guy on the show so far? Christian, Sammy, or Ethan?

    Other random Dance Academy thoughts:

    *I'd like to visit a sheep farm in Australia.
    *This show inspired our new What Style of Dance Are You? quiz!
    *The second episode of Dance Academy, "Week Zero," will air Friday at 9:30 pm on TeenNick, but you can watch it online right now!

  • Dance Academy is coming to TeenNick!

    Posted on 01/18/2012 by Lisa

    Dance Academy follows Tara Webster, an aspiring ballerina, at the ultra-competitive National Academy of Dance. Dance + drama = good TV. Check out the promo:

    p.s. That shot of her running down the hall in a purple tutu makes me want a tutu A LOT. Hey, I just remembered that Imogen wears a tutu in this Degrassi promo. TeenNick is ALL ABOUT THE TUTUS in 2012!!!

    Dance Academy premieres Monday, 2/20 at 9:30pm, after a new Degrassi.