801/802 - Uptown Girl 1 & 2: D (Mia) | C+ (Emma) | B (Clare/KC)
Degrassi trades any attempt at character development within Mia for having a shallow, glamorous leading lady. | A solid plot idea is hindered by a lack of perceived enthusiasm within Miriam McDonald’s acting. | An entertaining way to introduce the niners, aka the future of Degrassi.
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803 - Fight the Power: C
An OK episode about guys bullying a female.
804 - Didn’t We Almost Have It All: C-
The originals aren’t as interesting in college as they were when they attended Degrassi.
805 - Man With Two Hearts: C+
Intruiged by the friendship between Peter and Riley.
806 - With or Without You: D-
A poorly-handled relationship episode.
807 - Money for Nothing: C
Apparently everyone who becomes leader of the spirit squad is doomed to be kicked off at some point.
808/809 - Lost in Love 1 & 2: D+
A love-themed episode with no heart.
810 - Bad Medicine: C+
They keep teasing us with Riley’s sexuality…when will we get a real, committed plot to it?
811 - Causing a Commotion: D-
Deals with Aspergers, but these young kids aren’t ready for storylines yet.
812 - Heat of the Moment: C+
A solid episode about cyberbullying.
813/814 – Jane Says 1 & 2: C-
A “should’ve been great” storyline turned mediocre by poor pacing and a lack of focus. [Click here for the episode review]
815 - Touch of Grey: D-
Boring Emma trying too hard, and failing. [Click here for the episode review]
816 - Heart of Glass: A+
An amazing episode. It has the kind of heart and focus every episode this in Season 8 prior to this one has lacked. [Click here for the episode review]
817 - Up Where We Belong: D-
Debating between big-time modeling and school is as contrived of a storyline as they come. [Click here for the episode review]
818 - Danger Zone: B
Charlotte Arnold easily delivers one of the strongest performances of the season. [Click here for the episode review]
819/820/821/822 – Degrassi Goes Hollywod: A+
Some of the originals return, and decide to bring their A-games with them. [Click here for the episode review]