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  • 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.

    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?

  • Degrassi Wrap-Up: Ray of Light, pt. 1

    Posted on 03/04/2013 by Lisa

    Let's talk about Friday's Degrassi! If you haven't seen "Ray of Light, pt. 1" yet, watch it here. *Spoilers Below*

    Friday on Degrassi, Eli went to a party, Maya went on stage, and Connor took Jenna to space. SPACE!

    Eli at the paint party
    I understand why everyone's worried about Eli. Clare and his other friends are only trying to protect him, but by trying so hard not to upset him, they're only making things even worse for Eli. I appreciated when the psychologist told Eli he doesn't have to talk about it if that's not helpful for him. I wish Eli could've found a way to make it clear to Clare ("clear to Clare," that's fun to say, haha) that what he needed most was a fun date with her. I love Clare, but in this episode, her big concerned eyes were starting to stress me out.

    I know Eli really needed a distraction, but MDMA seems like a dumb choice. I wish he could've just gone to the party and painted. I don't care if it sounds dorky -- creative projects always help me feel better. (I understand that the video yearbook is a creative project, too, but that one is so tied up in memories of Cam.) By the way, I saw a lot of Talia hate online after Friday's episode. I don't hate her, but I do wish she hadn't offered Eli drugs. *Sigh*

    Oh, Katie.
    Will Jake and Katie get back together? I'm thinking no. Marisol's attempt to reunite Jake and Katie made me sigh, too. I think anyone who has ever been a part of an awesome foursome of couple-friends understands the impulse, but the reality is: Eventually, it's gonna end. Crying about it just makes it harder for everyone to move on with their lives.

    I don't think Katie's in any shape to be dating anyone right now. What happened in Vegas definitely didn't stay there for her. She seems so messed up over the choices she made on that trip. When she tried to "protect" Maya at Little Miss Steaks, she's lucky that manager guy didn't call the police. She assaulted him! Not cool, Katie.

    Jenna + Connor = Love?!
    Meanwhile, Jenna and Connor? I didn't see that one coming (except, you know, in the promos, haha). At first, she looked so reluctant to go on a date with him, but maybe it's good that she had low expectations, because it left room for her to be pleasantly surprised. That date with Connor is one she'll remember forever, and sharing a first kiss in space? Seriously cute. I feel like Jenna has enough life experience to appreciate what Connor has to offer. I hope this actually becomes a thing.

    What did you think of this episode?

  • Dance Academy: Hey, Ben Tickle!

    Posted on 01/15/2013 by Lisa

    On Dance Academy, when Tara wanted a new crush, she didn't have to look far -- Ben Tickle (Thomas Lacey) was right in front of her eyes. So what's Thomas Lacey like in person? And how cute does he look in glasses? Watch this video to find out:

    Ben Tickle (Thomas Lacey) from Dance Academy

    Ben Tickle (Thomas Lacey) from Dance Academy

    What do you think of Ben so far? Catch up on the show here, and tune in Wednesday at 9pm et to see if he's willing to be more than Tara's crush.

    p.s. "Tickle" is officially my new favorite last name. I'm tempted to change my name to Lisa Tickle.

  • Dance Academy: Four Episodes Tonight!

    Posted on 01/09/2013 by Lisa

    We're showing four new episodes of Dance Academy tonight. Here are a few pics of what's coming:

    Abigail from Dance Academy

    Christian from Dance Academy

    Tara and Ms. Raine from Dance Academy

    Abigail from Dance Academy

    Grace and Zach from Dance Academy

    To see even more pics from tonight's episodes, like TeenNick on Facebook. Tune in at 9pm et to watch four episodes in a row. (If you missed the last batch of episodes, catch up online!)

  • Dance Academy Pics: Ben and Sammy

    Posted on 01/07/2013 by Lisa

    I've already blogged about how much I love photos of the Dance Academy cast against a black background, but here are two more:

    Ben (Thomas Lacey) from Dance Academy

    Sammy (Tom Green) from Dance Academy

    I dream of one day being that coordinated. :) In the meantime, I'll be watching these guys (and the rest of the cast) on Dance Academy. New episodes return Wednesday at 9pm et!

  • Dance Academy: Meet Ollie

    Posted on 01/06/2013 by Lisa

    In this video, Keiynan Lonsdale (Ollie) talks about his character, a new face on Dance Academy this season.

    Keiynan Lonsdale (Ollie) from Dance Academy

    Keiynan Lonsdale (Ollie) from Dance Academy

    You'll see more of Ollie on Dance Academy this week. Catch up on the show here, and tune in Wednesday for four new episodes, starting at 9pm et.

  • Dance Academy Pics: Christian

    Posted on 01/02/2013 by Lisa

    It's a new year, and that makes me want to dance around the house. If you feel the same, check out these pictures of Christian (Jordan Rodrigues) from Dance Academy for inspiration:

    Christian (Jordan Rodrigues) from Dance Academy

    Christian (Jordan Rodrigues) from Dance Academy

    Those moves look a bit too advanced for me, but I love watching Jordan dance. To see him in motion, watch the latest episodes of Dance Academy online. (New episodes return next Wednesday, January 9th.)

  • Dance Academy Pics: Tara and Kat

    Posted on 12/20/2012 by Lisa

    Here's more amazing photos of the Dance Academy cast! Today's pictures are of Tara (Xenia Goodwin) and Kat (Alicia Banit):

    Tara (Xenia Goodwin) from Dance Academy

    Kat (Alicia Banit) from Dance Academy

    Want to see them in action? Watch the latest episodes of Dance Academy!

  • Dance Academy Pics: Grace and Abigail

    Posted on 12/19/2012 by Lisa

    I love these pictures of Grace (Issi Durant) and Abigail (Dena Kaplan) from Dance Academy dancing against a black background:

    Grace (Issi Durant) from Dance Academy

    Abigail (Dena Kaplan) from Dance Academy

    Need to catch up on Dance Academy? Watch the latest episodes online.

  • SLiDE Wrap-Up: Episode 10

    Posted on 09/26/2012 by Lisa

    SLiDE is over! Did you watch the last episode? (If not, watch it here.) Let's discuss!

    I've got some stuff to say about this episode, and I want to hear your thoughts, too. Post them in the comments.

    So. First up. I'm curious about the wild-party-craziness that happened between episodes 9 and 10. How did Ed end up waking up on the beach alone? (If anybody out there writes SLiDE fan-fiction, I politely request a story about that night!)

    Party friends

    I thought it felt very realistic when Tammy and Scarlett went into the VIP section and realized it was empty and pretty lame. I feel like the letters "VIP" give a place a special, off-limits kind of feel, but rarely live up to those expectations. I think the best moments at rock shows happen in the general admission area. (Also: It was SO GROSS when Luke and Eva got puked on by a VIP stranger.)

    The morning after

    When Ed and Luke realize that Tammy slept with both of them in the same night... SO AWKWARD. If I had time, I'd make a little chart of which of these five friends have hooked up with each other -- and it'd be a pretty complex chart!

    The SLiDE gang

    I'm not sure if a second season of SLiDE will ever get made, but I loved that when Dylan said he was moving away for a job, Luke mentioned needing housemates. These five, living in that house together? That'd be pretty crazy.