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  • Things can't get worse? Think again, Anya.

    Posted on 08/01/2011 by Lisa

    SPOILERS BELOW. Don't read this post until you've seen "Paper Planes, Pt. 1."

    Anya seems lost.
    Anya thinks she's hit rock bottom, but has she?

    At the very beginning of tonight's Degrassi, Anya's worried about her future and stressed about the talk she has to have with her parents. She says, "Well, things can't possibly get any worse," and uses that as an excuse to try cocaine for the first time.

    ... and then her life gets worse.

    I get that Anya doesn't want everyone telling her what to do, but when you see someone messing up in a big way, it's hard to resist. If you were friends with Anya, what advice would you give her at this point in her life? Aside from, "Stop doing coke!"

    Keep in mind that if you try to tell her what to do, she'll be just as mad at you as she is at Owen. Can you give someone advice without telling them what to do? I was mad at Owen for walking away, but like he says at the beginning of the ep, "I'm not your mom." Ultimately, it was Anya's bad decision, right?

    Also: Tonight's episode may have skeeved me out more than any other Degrassi episode ever. A few years ago, when I lived in Brooklyn, my whole apartment building got bedbugs. For several months, I lived a nightmare of itchiness, insomnia, and paranoid over-cleaning. Bedbugs are reeeeaaally hard to get rid of, so I understand why Fiona freaked out. I seriously wish I could hug her right now, but then again... I'd rather run away from her at about a million miles per hour, because bedbugs are really easy to spread, and one might get on me during the hug.

    Sorry, Fiona. My only advice is: "You'll get through this, with the help of lots of toxic chemicals."

    But back to Anya. What would you tell her if you ran into her tomorrow morning?

  • A Tribute to Ziley

    Posted on 07/28/2011 by Lisa

    *SPOILERS BELOW.*

    Don't read any further unless you've already seen "Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Pt. 2."

    I sometimes take notes as I watch Degrassi to keep track of the things I want to write about, and the main note from tonight's ep (aside from a few things about Eli and Imogen) was the word ZILEY written in giant letters. Giant sad letters.

    I can't bring myself to rewatch that scene at the Dot. I'm tearing up just thinking about it. Ziley (or Rane, whatever you want to call them) are one of my all-time favorite Degrassi couples. I'm still using the present tense, because I'm not ready to accept that they're over. ...and now I'm tearing up as I type. Seriously. I'm a sad little blogger tonight, so instead of writing a thoughtful post about the whole episode, I'm going to post a bunch of pictures of Ziley in happier times.

    Ziley
    Zane (aww, look at his messy hair) and Riley.

    Ziley
    Panthers. :)

    Ziley
    Ziley kiss!

    Ziley
    Ziley makes me sigh-ly.

    Ziley
    Zane and Riley in suits... because they *suit* each other.

    Ziley
    Think they'll ever reunite? (Just tell me yes. I'm crying here.)

  • 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?

  • 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."

  • Not cool, Dave.

    Posted on 07/25/2011 by Mary

    Here's what the most surprising thing about tonight's Degrassi was, to me anyway.

    It's that at Degrassi, in 2011 (or whatever year it is in Degrassiland), you could hear the figurative record skip when someone said something offensive about his trans classmate.

    I know we'll see tomorrow how that record-skip vibe affects Dave -- spoiler alert, it doesn't change his mind. But for all of the hurt that his words caused Adam in that moment, the fact that a bunch of high school students -- of the "oh, kids can be so cruel, teenagers are heartless" variety -- that their immediate reaction was "that's not cool," makes me lickle heart sing. I know it wouldn't be like that in every school... but I know it's like that in a lot of schools. (Maybe even because of Degrassi. I get chills!)

    I guess the question is: will Dave experience his classmates compassion for Adam as a lack of compassion for him?

    There's a lot more to say but... we'll talk tomorrow after we've seen how this all plays out.

    In the meantime: did you sympathize with Dave's discomfort? Are you angry at him? Giving him mental high fives? Cringing? How would you react to Dave's words if YOU went to Degrassi?

  • 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

  • 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?

  • Clare-Bear Unhinged

    Posted on 07/19/2011 by Mary

    SPOILERS BELOW! Watch the ep before reading... it'll be online some time tonight.

    Without taking sides in the great E-Clare v Cake Debate of 2011 (well... except to say that I really want to have a serious sit-down talk with anyone who thinks a life-threatening stunt is "romantic")... now that you've met Jake, what do you think? I am personally a big fan of his low-drama vibe. And I like that rather than staring goggle-eyed at Clare when she had her petite tantrum, he "saved" her -- and made me laugh at the same time.

    Also, how satisfying was Clare's rant at Above the Dot?! "IT TOOK YOU A YEAR... A YEAR TO GET OVER YOUR EX!" Not saying I've ever freaked out quiiiite like that in public at an ex before buuut... I'm sure I'm not the only one who's said some version of Clare's lines into my tear-stained pillow after a brutal break-up. I'm glad Clare took one for Team Frustrated Girls Everywhere and just said it all out loud.

    What's the most embarrassing thing you've ever done in the throes of heartbreak?

    And how about KC and Jenna? Couldn't help but feel a little "GO JENNA" when she showed up and handed Tyson to KC. Dude is a little tone-deaf about how much of Jenna's life is completely on hold while he goes to school every day.

  • Aww, yeah... Degrassi's back!!

    Posted on 07/18/2011 by Lisa

    Drew and Bianca on Degrassi: Now or Never
    Drew and Bianca on the premiere of Degrassi: Now or Never

    We threw a full hour of Degrassi at you tonight, and there was lots of "Now or Never" drama right off the bat. How are you holding up? What's going on in your Degrassi-loving head? Do you think Drew ultimately made the right choice?

    What was your favorite scene in this episode? Without being too spoilery, I will say that I loved the moment where Drew and Adam were a room apart, but practically in separate worlds.

    And how did you feel about the Keke stuff? If a cute, young musician came through your town to do a show, what do you think you would've done in Sav's situation?

    Last question -- Can you believe we have MORE new Degrassi coming tomorrow? And the next day? And the next day? *my mind is blown*