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  • What's going on with Eli?

    Posted on 03/30/2012 by Lisa

    Did you watch Degrassi: "Need You Now, pt. 1" tonight? If not, watch it here before you read any further. *spoilers below*

    Eli

    Eli's in a tough spot right now. He wants to prove to everyone that he's fine, but they all keep giving him special treatment because he's bi-polar. Imogen's trying so hard to understand him that she made him the focus on her senior art project (rewatch that scene here). Bullfrog is trying to step up and be a better parent, reminding Eli to get more sleep and take his medication. Fiona asks why he "went manic on Imogen." Adam says "Maybe you should take a pill."

    Do you think Bullfrog is right, and that it's too early for Eli to be dating? Or does everyone just need to stop talking about the fact that he's bi-polar and treat him the way they normally would?

    I would be so annoyed if my friends or family asked me to "take a pill" anytime I expressed an emotion... but it did seem like Eli was kind of losing it at the end there. I mean, how many times did he try calling Imogen? (Whatever the exact number is, it was WAY too many.)

    Meanwhile... where was Imogen? Is she lying to Eli? Do you think he has a reason to worry?

    Tori and Zig

    I found this photo of Tori and Zig from tonight's episode, and I feel like it reflects the state of their relationship. Tori's smile seems to say "Yay! Zig is the best boyfriend ever!" but Zig doesn't seem to care either way. I feel like if Tori is serious about cheerleading, she needs to prove it (even if it means wearing the panther costume), and not worry so much about making her boyfriend happy.

    And last but not least, where do you think this K.C. story is heading? I can't decide if I like the idea of him spending more time around Ty/Doug or not. I mean, K.C. is Doug's father, but the Powell's are officially Doug's parents now. The whole situation is so complicated.

    What'd you think of this episode? What does Eli need most right now?

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Need You Now, pt. 1"

    Posted on 03/30/2012 by Ryanmcl

    Here's info from Degrassi's music team about how they chose the songs used in this episode.

    SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't seen the new episode yet, go watch it before you read this post!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Stick of Dynamite" by Hilary Grist
    Eli finds Imogen taking shots of a bird in the courtyard. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Again, this song has that quirkiness factor we look for when placing a tune for Eli or Imogen. In this case, their relationship is summed up in the music. Bizarre, curious, definitely uncertain. On a side note, Hilary Grist's song "Right For You" played as Eli was leaving school in episode 1121."

    "Nowhere Near My Heart" by Kori Pop
    Imogen snaps pictures of a sleeping Eli.
    "Of course this song speaks to some sort of foreshadowing -- we're always questioning whether Eli is able to be in a relationship, but we're also not really ever sure about Imogen. Beyond the lyrics, this song has that quirkiness we look for when scoring for Eli or Imogen."

    "Diamonds" by Billy the Kid & the Southside Boys
    KC faces losing his baby for good.
    "We love this artist, and have been aching to place one of her songs forever. Billy the Kid recently completed a project called "31 covers in 31 days" -- a remarkable feat. This song played so sincerely against KC's disappointment that it spoke for itself."

    " Hell, Heaven" by Parlovr
    Eli, frustrated, slams his phone against his bedroom door.
    "If you couldn't tell by now, we love Parlovr. Pronounced "Parlour" (the "V" is a roman letter -- pronounced as a "U"). The beauty of Parlovr is their ability to create completely different renditions of their songs, and the evolution leaves us wanting more and more from these Montrealers. This song, with its powerful message, rocked Eli's emotions and left us guessing�what's next?"

  • Let's talk Degrassi!

    Posted on 03/23/2012 by Lisa

    SPOILERS BELOW. Don't read any further until you've seen the latest episode of Degrassi.

    Summer drops Clare off at Degrassi.

    So, all of Summer's friendly concern for Clare's well-being... total crap. If you care about someone, you don't put them in a situation like that. On the other hand, Jake made it clear he does care about Clare by going to investigate her living situation. I'm so glad she wasn't alone when all that stuff went down at Summer's, and their scene on the bench was great (so many of Clare's big life moments seem to happen on benches!).

    I think maybe Clare needed to hit rock-bottom before she could figure out what to do next. Do you think being involved in a drug bust *is* rock-bottom for Clare? Will she get her life together now?

    As for the Connor/Mo storyline, I'm glad Connor finally confessed the truth. I have to say though, after all he went through last year with that creepy Lovequeen16 lady, it sucked to see him using the internet to manipulate someone else. Not cool, Connor.

    Hey, if any football experts read this, help me out: I know very little about this sport, but I couldn't help wondering: Can two players really shout at each other like that, mid-game, without a time-out? Or would it be called a foul or something? I'm curious in terms of reality, but I liked the scene anyway. It made me laugh, and it was great to see Connor sort of fitting in, even if it was in an unusual way. I love that Clare's "Did you ever love me at all?" breakdown is famous enough at school that other kids quote it!

    Connor and Mo.

    And last, but definitely not least, Fiona looked like she was trying sooo hard not to cry when she realized Eli and Imogen were getting together. Her sad little "Yay!" as she hugged them broke my heart. I know Eli and Imogen have a lot in common, but I want Fiona to find love, too... and soon.

    So, what did you think of the episode?

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Not Ready to Make Nice, pt. 2"

    Posted on 03/23/2012 by Ryanmcl

    Here's info from Degrassi's music team about how they chose the songs used in this episode.

    SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't seen the new episode yet, go watch it before you read this post!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Intro/You Were So Right" by Amos the Transparent
    The police bust Summer's house. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This was sent to us as a brand new Amos the Transparent album, freshly mixed and mastered the day before. This is technically two songs, "Intro" and "You Were So Right" -- but it was sent to us as one song. They both fit so well over a couple of scenes that we decided to keep them together."

    "Just the Same" by Justin Hines
    Clare at dinner with her new friends.
    "This new release by Justin Hines is a magnificent album, full of wonder and poetry, and his music is perfect for the show. A little whimsical and hopeful, it made for a powerful and lovely moment as Clare searches for her place in the world."

  • Have you seen the latest Degrassi and Dance Academy?

    Posted on 03/16/2012 by Lisa

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

    Hey, Eli!

    On tonight's Degrassi, it seemed like everyone had a lot to deal with -- and they're all dealing with it in different ways.

    FionaFiona seems crazy stressed about her crush on Imogen, but she's trying to ignore it and hope it goes away. She seems to think that if she gets Eli and Imogen together, her own feelings will evaporate. (I have a bad feeling about this.)

    When Mo teases Connor at football try-outs and makes him look bad in front of the team, Connor doesn't ignore it. He decides to get even by messing with Mo in return. (I have a bad feeling about this, too.)

    And of course, we have Clare. Poor Clare. She's so stressed out about the Jake situation that she seems to be trying every possible method of dealing with it. Distracting vampire books? Check. Dinner table freak-out? Check. Running away from her problems? Check. (I have all sorts of feelings about Clare's situation, and they're not all bad, because I feel like we have lots of good drama heading our way. Bring it on, Degrassi!)

    Other random comments/questions about this episode:
    *Imogen claims she shipped her feelings for Eli off to the moon. Do you believe her?
    *I wouldn't wish Jake's awkward birthday dinner on anyone. That scene was painful!
    *Fiona + Imogen are so cute together... Do you think there's any chance things could turn romantic?
    *Is it just me or did Eli look even cuter than usual in that scene with Fiona in The Dot? I'm not sure if it was the messy hair or what.
    *What was your first impression of Summer? She makes me nervous for some reason.
    *If I saw someone about to destroy their smart phone, I would NOT applaud. *Sigh.*

    SammyMeanwhile, on Dance Academy, Christian tries to figure out where he belongs, Sammy considers quitting dance to please his family, and Tara avoids Ethan, because she sees him as a distraction.

    Tonight's episode showed the dancers working on pirouettes, and mentioned how important it is to stay focused while you're turning. I know it's a weird thing to say, but I sort of wish Fiona, Connor, and Clare could've seen this episode. I think they all need a reminder to let go of their distractions and stay focused. I think we ALL need that reminder, whenever our lives fill up with stress. Focus! (That's today's motivational speech from Lisa, inspired by Degrassi and Dance Academy. You're welcome.)

    Sammy's situation on Dance Academy got me wondering... Would your parents freak out if your biggest goal was to become a dancer? Would they support you, or urge you to pursue something else?

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Not Ready to Make Nice, pt. 1"

    Posted on 03/16/2012 by Ryanmcl

    Here's info from Degrassi's music team about how they chose the songs used in this episode.

    SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't seen the new episode yet, go watch it before you read this post!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Beggar in the Morning" by Barr Brothers
    Clare talks to her mom. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This was such a tender moment, and the song does it justice. Barr Brothers are blowing up, and this placement comes fresh off their appearance on a late-night talk show."

    "Dreamer" by Lynzie Kent
    Clare shops at the bookstore.
    "Lynzie Kent was a great asset to this scene, because the song itself just screams "Clare." The lyrics and the music are pretty inspirational, and even though we see Clare struggling, the song gives us something to hope for."

    "Bang Bang" by Dolly
    Connor beats Mo's tackle.
    " We had placed this song at the top of the episode, but decided it would be better featured here. It turned out to be much more fun and way more energetic, and was totally appropriate for Connor."

    "Crybaby" by Basement Superheroes
    Jake plays Jenna some music in his room.
    " We had to play this as light-hearted. Clare is struggling, but Jake and Jenna are having a blast. We thought this would be up Jake's alley, and to have those lyrics pounding through the wall was pretty ironic."

    "Hourglass" by Blocks
    Clare waits for her dad.
    "We loved the retro vibe of this song, and its imagery matches its title -- time passing. It helped us feel like she'd been waiting for hours. We helped the scene move along and lowered the song so it would sound like it was coming from Clare's dad's car radio."

  • Degrassi, Dance Academy, and Owen's Theory on Life.

    Posted on 03/09/2012 by Lisa

    The world is "full of sharks" -- agree or disagree? Let's discuss tonight's Degrassi and Dance Academy episodes.

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

    Jake cleans up Katie's mess.
    Jake cleans up Katie's mess.

    Degrassi:

    Tori and TristanI want to start off by talking about the life advice Owen gives Tristan: "The world is full of sharks, Tris, and unless you adapt, you're gonna get eaten alive." Do you think that's good advice?

    It got me thinking... who are the "sharks" at Degrassi? I think in a lot of ways, Katie is a shark. To get what she wants, she's willing to push herself as hard as it takes -- and push everyone else out of the way. But that "shark"-like behavior ends up hurting her, and she hurts a whole bunch of other people in the process.

    Other random thoughts:
    *K.C.'s poem sure was "emotive."
    *I loved seeing Fiona confront Katie and Marisol.
    *Katie on the scissor lift = HORRIBLE to watch, but also kind of hilarious. (Does that make me a bad person?)
    *I liked the song Jenna sang at the coffee house, but I loved the performance of "Half-hearted 'Til I'm with You."

    Dance Academy:

    Kat and her duet partnerI still had Owen's advice in mind as I was watching Dance Academy, and I think he'd probably say the same thing to Tara. She and Tristan are both in their first year at a new school, and getting in way over their heads.

    The dance world definitely has sharks, too. I think Abigail and Ethan see Tara as someone who's way too sensitive to succeed. Maybe in some ways, she does have to toughen up, but I don't want to see Tara (or Tristan for that matter!) change much. I like them just the way they are.

    If anyone on Dance Academy needs to change, I'd say it's Abigail. When Sammy asked her to go to the beach, and she said, "I don't do beach... I don't do sand, I don't do salt, I don't do sun," it made me so sad. I think Abigail needs a relaxing day at the beach more than anyone else on this show. I don't want to see her end up like Katie.

    Other random thoughts:
    *I would lose my mind if I had to be tied to Abigail for 24 hours.
    *I am really starting to like Kat.
    *Christian is so messed up in the head (but I love him anyway).

    If you have a sec (or two) to share your opinion...
    Do you think Tristan needs to adapt to survive at Degrassi? What advice would you give him?
    Do you think Tara needs to adapt to make it at the National Academy of Dance? What advice would you give her?
    How did you react when Tara confronted Ethan? Was he out of line -- or was Tara?

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Can't Tell Me Nothing, pt. 2"

    Posted on 03/09/2012 by Ryanmcl

    Here's info from Degrassi's music team about how they chose the songs used in this episode.

    SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't seen the new episode yet, go watch it before you read this post!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Gonna Getchya" by Sherry St. Germain
    Katie tries to use the scissor lift. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This was a really fun scene -- not the stealing of the pills, but the crazy scissor lift fiasco. We decided to start the song as Katie starts to feel the kick. She starts to feel invincible and like she's in control of everything, and the song needed to reflect that."

    "Fire" by Tin Star Orphans
    Katie researches knee injuries on the internet.
    "A great emotional internet research scene. We got into Katie's head for this, and the lyrics drove the scene. Though it is a cool country band, the song was very flexible and definitely delivered the emotion we were looking for."

  • 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!

    Degrassi
    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...

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Can't Tell Me Nothing, pt. 1"

    Posted on 03/02/2012 by Ryanmcl

    Here's info from Degrassi's music team about how they chose the songs used in this episode.

    SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't seen the new episode yet, go watch it before you read this post!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Hit the Ground Running by These Electric Lives
    While Katie's playing soccer. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Though it's actually a love song, the feel and energy and tension of the instrumentation was the reason for this placement. Sometimes the lyrics and meaning of a song can be put aside in favor of its strength and imagination. The composition of the music in this song adapted to the scene quite well."