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  • Degrassi Wrap-Up: The Time of My Life

    Posted on 06/21/2013 by Lisa

    Have you seen the Degrassi prom and graduation special? If not, watch it here before you read any further. *Spoilers Below*

    Degrassi: The Time of My Life
    A full hour of Degrassi means a double serving of drama, and "The Time of My Life" felt like a big Degrassi-flavored dessert covered in chocolate sauce and sprinkled with nuts. I thought it was soooo good, and it filled me completely full of feelings. Let's talk about it!

    Degrassi: The Time of My Life
    First up: Fiona and Imogen. Wasn't it nice to see Mrs. Coyne in person again, instead of on video chat? I'm glad that we don't have to worry about Fiona's financial situation anymore. (How fast do you think she quit her job at Juwanna Juice after getting the news?) When Fiona's mom told her about the possible dream job in Italy, it seemed like Fiona's life was about as perfect as it could get.

    What was Imogen thinking when she answered Fiona's phone and decided to impersonate her? Well, I guess we all know what she was thinking -- that she'd do anything to avoid losing Fiona. Failing senior year must've been really hard on Imogen, but trying to sabotage Fiona's dreams is NOT the answer. That's one of the most selfish actions I've ever seen on Degrassi. Fimogen are one of my all-time favorite Degrassi couples, so I cried the most at their scenes tonight. When Imogen went to the airport to talk to Federico, and he had to turn away for a moment because he was tearing up, I was like, "I know, Federico!! I know!" I also cried a bunch when Imogen went to apologize to Fiona at the loft, when Fiona gave her speech at graduation, and during that last "farewell" scene. It's hard for me to accept that they're parting ways. How are you handling it?

    Degrassi: The Time of My Life
    Meanwhile... Eli and Clare are back together! The promos hinted that they'd reunite, but it was nice to see it all fall into place. When Eli and Clare were dancing together in their crowns, I realized that if Degrassi were a fairytale, Clare might be the princess. I think I subconsciously wanted her to have a princess-worthy prom night, so I loved seeing Eli treat her like royalty and sweep her away to a candlelit room. I know I'm glossing over a few things (In a fairytale world, they would've won prom king and queen fair and square -- Eli wouldn't have had to rig the vote), but prom night worked out pretty well for Eli and Clare. When Eli took Clare home the next morning in the horse-drawn carriage, I wanted to hug them both.

    If you've read my Degrassi posts in the past, you know I'm very good at worrying about people. Right now I'm worried about the lump on Clare's back. When Alli tried to convince Clare that she doesn't have cancer, I was like "Try harder, Alli! I'm still worried!" The random nosebleed freaked me out. I want Clare to finish high school and graduate and move to New York and share a studio apartment with Eli. I want that happy ending. (I cried typing that, so I guess I'm pretty worried about Clare's lump. Go away, lump.)

    Degrassi: The Time of My Life
    Let's talk about Jake and Mo, and their bromance (or as I like to say, "Momance"). I love-love-love the moment when Jake shows up at prom. When Mo realized that Marisol had paid Jake to be there, I was just as shocked and disappointed as Mo was. I understand why he ended up hanging out with other people, drinking too much, and throwing up all over. When someone tries as hard as Marisol tried to make prom night perfect, I think they're destined to be disappointed. Even if her expectations were way too high, though, nobody deserves to be puked on. (Poor girl.) I'm glad Mo won her over with the song at graduation, but I was even happier when Mo and Jake finally talked about wanting to stay in touch.

    Other moments that will stick with me:

    *The down-to-earth sex advice Alli and Jenna gave Clare.

    *When Principal Simpson started calling the names at graduation, it felt SO real. I think they're all going to miss each other on the show and in reality -- and they know we're going to miss them, too. We've been through so much together.

    *This line from Fiona's speech:
    "Don't be afraid of change, no matter how scary it seems. If I can make it through, so can you."

    I'm gonna miss this cast, but in Fiona's honor, I promise not to be afraid of change. If you're feeling the same way, sneak a peek at some of the new characters in this video!

    What did you think of "The Time of My Life"? Leave a comment below!

  • Happy Earth Day, Everybody!

    Posted on 04/22/2013 by Lisa

    It's Earth Day, and we're celebrating by appreciating nature and the romantic moments it creates. Like this one:

    I can really relate to what Katie says about how working in the garden has helped her. Nature is the best. Whenever I'm stressed or sad, the best thing I can do for my brain is take a hike or sit by the ocean and watch the waves.

    This planet is good for us, so let's be good back to it, OK? (And not just on Earth Day, of course.)

    Maybe if we're lucky, someday we'll all get to experience a Jatie-like moment where our hands touch around a l'il baby plant:

    Happy Earth Day!

  • Degrassi Wrap-Up: Ray of Light, pt. 2

    Posted on 03/08/2013 by Lisa

    What did you think of the newest Degrassi episode, "Ray of Light, pt. 2"? If you missed it, watch it here before you read any further.

    I feel like so much happened during this episode, and it made me cry at least three times. Below are my thoughts on the latest Degrassi storylines. Please share yours in the comments!

    Eli in the shower
    So much happened with Eli! I got all stressed out on his behalf during his NYU interview. (I went to NYU, but I never had to do an interview like that, because I transferred in.) When he talked to the interviewers about being bipolar, I was proud of him for being so honest -- and I loved when the interviewer lady complimented Romeo & Jules. I think Eli would like living in New York City as much as I did, so I'm going to be so disappointed if NYU finds out he took MDMA, showered in the girls' locker room, ran through the school naked, and hugged the principal (still naked).

    The first time I cried was during the aftermath of that scene, in Simpson's office. I started tearing up when Mr. Simpson told Eli about the heartbreaking thing they have in common. And when Eli told Bullfrog, "Last year, it coulda been me in that greenhouse," I was a mess. It seems so unfair (and so realistic) that some people get help in time and some don't.

    Clare
    Later in the episode, when Eli told Clare, "Cam's not the problem. You are." I surprised myself by not crying. I think I was too shocked to cry. I never expected Eli to be so harsh to Clare. Yes, she was being pushy to get him to talk about his feelings, but I wish he could've found a nicer way to say that he needed time alone. Clare looked SO hurt when she was sitting in the window at the end of the episode. (I have a feeling I'm not the only one who felt a sudden urge to hug my TV.)

    Connor and Jenna
    So much happened with Connor and Jenna. Jenna and Connor had plans for a second date, but then Becky tried to get Jenna to date Luke instead (What a terrible idea!!), and then Connor punched Luke, and it seemed like Connor and Jenna were probably over... until Jenna told Connor, "I had more fun on our one date than any other date I've ever been on." When I heard that line, I totally started crying again. I never in a million years thought I would like Connor and Jenna together as much as I do. They make me want to build a cardboard space capsule in my living room. : )

    Katie and Jake
    And so much happened with Katie and Jake. I am so glad that Katie decided to talk to the therapist, because it really seemed to help. I don't think trying to tear the garden blockade down was her smartest idea ever, but maybe all she and Jake really needed was detention together? It gave her a chance to really apologize, and it seemed like he was ready to hear it. When Katie said "You were the best boyfriend I ever had, and you didn't deserve what I did to you," I started crying AGAIN. And when Jake pulled out that flyer about the soccer coach job, I was so happy to realize that he'd been thinking about her, too.

    I'm glad Katie decided to go for it, because the scene where she kicked a soccer ball around with Maya, a.k.a. "Chicken Little," was so cute.

    Watching the video yearbook
    Of course, the video yearbook made me tear up. (You can watch that video online right here.) I'm a sucker for nostalgia!

    This felt like such a life-changing episode for so many people. I really liked Ray of Light (except for the Eclare pain), even though it made me cry a whole bucket of tears. What did you think? Did you cry a lot at this one?

  • Watch the first scene of Friday's Degrassi!

    Posted on 02/26/2013 by Lisa

    A new Degrassi, "Ray of Light, pt. 1" airs Friday at 9pm et, but you can watch the first scene now -- right here:

    Random question: Is there a place in your school where people can hang out and play video games like that? (If there is, I'm kinda jealous. I never had that in high school!)

  • Degrassi Wrap Up: Building a Mystery, pt. 1

    Posted on 10/12/2012 by Lisa

    Degrassi's back, Degrassi's back! Tonight's episode had so many good Degrassi moments. (If you haven't seen it yet, watch it here before you read any further.)

    Adam talks to Becky and Jenna
    I love that the episode begins with Becky talking to Jenna about how she's "ready for a fresh start." We all are, Becky! Yay for fresh starts and fresh new episodes of Degrassi!

    Let's talk about Adam and Becky. Has the Degrassi fandom agreed on a couple name yet? I was leaning toward Adecky, because it's fun to say, but I've also seen people using Beckam and Beckdam... what's it gonna be? Share your preference in the comments, please. I love these two and hope I'll get to talk about them A LOT this season, so I need to know what to call them.

    At the beginning of the episode, Becky seemed to be trying way too hard to get Adam to like her, but how cute was that mall montage? (Rewatch it here!) It made me want a life full of love and french fries. That fry-throwing scene... Oh, my heart. Sigh. :)

    My only concern here involves the words "secret boyfriend." I feel like secrets have a way of getting out, and it usually happens at the worst possible time.

    Becky!
    When Becky invited Adam over to dinner, I think I was more nervous than either of them. (Oh, by the way, that book Adam was reading when Becky called? Survival by Margaret Atwood. I'm a book nerd, so I paused it to check, haha. I'm guessing this one might be homework-related, and not a just-for-fun book, but who knows?) Rewatch Adam's dinner at the Bakers' here. How are you feeling about Adam and Becky right now?

    Eli.
    Now, let's talk about Eli. He's verrrry excited about going to NYU, isn't he? I really hope he gets in -- and not just because I went there. I worry how he'll react if he gets a rejection letter. If I could talk to him (or anyone who's that obsessed with going to a particular college), I'd remind him that even if he doesn't get in on the first try, he can go somewhere else and try to transfer later. Also: In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter much where you go to college, as long as you go somewhere... but I doubt Eli wants to hear that right now.

    When Eli was struggling for film ideas, I was like, "Whoa, he is trying way too hard." (He and Becky both need to relax -- and I don't mean Jake's way.) When Jake suggested that Eli smoke pot before making his film, I was both surprised and annoyed. I miss the Jake that was so worried about Clare when she moved in with the sketchy pot farmers. I miss the Jake that cares about recycling and the environment, and builds a green roof at Degrassi. I'm an environmentalist, too, and I feel like he's making environmentalists look bad. Get it together, Jake. And get it together, Eli!

    Fiones and Biancs.
    And of course, let's talk about Drew, Bianca, and Mrs. Torres. I understand why Audra thinks they're too young to get married. If normal high school kids announced their engagement, I'd probably be just as skeptical as she is. But Drew and Bianca aren't exactly normal -- despite their young age, they've both dealt with some seriously grown-up stuff. I feel like getting married could be a good thing for them. I hope Audra comes around.

    So... what did YOU think of "Building a Mystery, pt. 1"? (And don't forget to tell me your favorite Adam/Becky couple name!)

  • Watch the first scene of Friday's Degrassi now!

    Posted on 03/15/2012 by Lisa

    This sneak peek of "Not Ready to Make Nice, pt. 1" makes me want to reach into my computer and give Clare a hug.

    Can you imagine what she's going through? (I'm sure it's not easy for Jake either.)

  • Degrassi Sneak Pics: Jake and Eli

    Posted on 12/24/2011 by Lisa


    I couldn't decide if you'd rather see a new photo of Jake using a hammer or one of Eli looking thoughtful, so I did the only sensible thing -- I posted both.

    Sneak Pic: Eli

    Hey, Eli... whatcha thinking about?

    Sneak Pic: Jake

    Hey, Jake... whatcha workin' on?

    See all the Degrassi holiday pics.

  • Degrassi: That Clare and Jake Scene

    Posted on 11/18/2011 by Lisa

    During Nowhere to Run, TeenNick aired a sneak peek at Clare and Jake's future. Here it is again:

    Are you ready for Cake's relationship to get this serious? Or do you think they're making a huge mistake?

  • 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?

  • Degrassi Video Yearbook: Justin Kelly (Jake)

    Posted on 11/17/2011 by Lisa


    Justin Kelly plays Jake on Degrassi. For his Degrassi Video Yearbook, Justin chose six of the best school dance episodes. Here's his intro:

    Watch Justin's favorite school dance episodes online in the Top Six Degrassi School Dance Episodes Playlist!

    Justin picked out some great episodes, and his descriptions made me laugh out loud. Do you agree with his choices? Degrassi has had a lot of dances over the years... which ones would be on your Top Six list?