WARNING: THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS EPISODE SPOILERS
Up Where We Belong Soundtrack
Google My Own Name, by Stüdz
Baby What’s Your Sound?, by Beats For Beginners
Waltz Of The Flowers, by Jim Mcgrath
Re: Model, by Dances With Voices
60 Seconds, by Tamara Miller
I initially didn’t like this episode the first time I saw it a few months ago. However, watching it again made me realize how important this episode is. It’s near the end of the semester and everyone is making plans for the future: senior year, university and beyond…everyone except Mia that is.
She’s getting crappy grades in school because she’s doing that and modeling. She can’t even complete her final English assignment, a speech that answers the question “Where do I see myself in 5 years?”, and she eventually drops out of school.
What annoys me about Mia is that her actions over the past season and a half have been pretty selfish. She has more interest in having a normal teen life than she does in actually being a mother to her child.
But in this episode the annoyance is the fact she’s only thinking about the short-term, and by dropping out she’s just willing to give up and rely on the unstable future of modeling.
Thank God Mia’s mom snaps her back into reality and makes her realize the moral of the episode: Mia doesn’t need to have the future all figured out right now…she just needs to keep her butt in school and graduate.
UP WHERE WE BELONG MAIN PLOT D-
Perfectionist Holly J gets a C on an art project, and refuses to accept it. Apparently she’s an extremely studious girl, so think of her as an a-hole version of Liberty.
Holly J learns that art is the one thing you can’t tackle in a technical manner…it’s all about emotion. Oh…and they find a reason to use Blue in this episode.
UP WHERE WE BELONG SUBPLOT “A” GRADE: C-
Sav has to choose between following the plan (engineering) or following his dream (music). His dad encourages him to go down the secure path of engineering.
However, once Sav shows him all of the various jobs he could have in music outside of being in a band (music engineer, etc.), I like how Sav’s dad was open to the idea of him pursuing a career in the music industry.
I really wish this had been the official main plot of this episode. I thought it did a much better job of delivering the theme that when you’re in high school you don’t need to know EXACTLY what you want to do with your life. Don’t be afraid to do what you love, and if it doesn’t work out you can always choose something else.
…oh yeah, and make sure to have a backup plan.
UP WHERE WE BELONG SUBPLOT “B” GRADE: B+