[WARNING: THIS EPISODE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]
To me, it has become very apparent that Degrassi doesn’t know how to produce solid season premieres. When Doves Cry (Season 2) and Standing In The Dark (Season 7) were great. Heck, I’ll even throw in Ghost In The Machine (Season 4) as being pretty good. However, the rest range from mediocre to forgettable; Just Can’t Get Enough is no different.
Degrassi’s power couple (Peter/Mia) ends up meeting the new kids, brother/sister duo Declan and Fiona. I instantly took a liking to Declan because everything he said (when directed at Peter) reeked of sarcasm in that “I’m better than you” tone. He was a jerk in this episode for no reason at all, and I enjoyed that.
What I didn’t enjoy was Peter spiraling out control. After learning that Mia is moving to Paris for a modeling gig, she and a saddened Peter attend a party at Declan’s house. Declan slyly humiliates Peter by getting him to play one of his Studz songs solo in front of a pretentious crowd, who snubs him. Another party guest gets Peter to take meth to liven up things.
Throughout the rest of the episode it’s just Peter acting randomly, with the writers trying to force the obvious symptoms of meth addiction down our throats. While the constant scratching and erratic behavior were there, his addiction never hit home because we never ACTUALLY saw him do meth. Heck, they barely showed him fiddling with the package it came in…think of it as a weak version of Craig’s coke addiction back in Season 6.
Jamie Johnston’s acting was fine until the moments when Peter completely spazzed out, or just started yelling at the people around him (Mia, and Studz to be exact). Those moments were horrendous to watch because of his overracting. The best moment of this episode was when Peter started freaking out on a median between two busy streets, and Riley and the Studz came to help him. They surrounded him, took him home and let him know they were there for him.
Peter acting a hot mess overshadowed the fact this was Mia’s final episode. Her sendoff was so casual that if you hadn’t heard Nina Dobrev left the show, you wouldn’t have realized Mia was never coming back.
Unfortunately, Just Can’t Get Enough wasn’t the spark I was hoping for to kick off this new season of Degrassi. Something was “off” from beginning to end. Normally Degrassi is great at resetting and making it feel like it’s truly a brand new semester/year, but it didn’t feel like it at all…this episode felt like it could’ve taken place during the middle of a season. I know better episodes are to come, but Season 9 of Degrassi has gotten off to a disappointing start.
“JUST CANT GET ENOUGH” MAIN PLOT GRADE: C-
Welcome Jenna, the overly nice, over-the-top bubbly new girl in the niner’s world. I absolutely adore Alli, but she annoyed me in this episode with her jealousy toward Jenna, who took an immediate interest in being friends with Clare.
Jenna’s overbearingly nice attitude creeps me out…it’s just so fake, and it’s throwing me off because they made it BLATANTLY clear to us viewers that Jenna is a maneater, and that she will be going after KC. Jenna is going to create so much drama in the future…I liked this subplot because I like the fact Degrassi used it simply as a setup for future episodes, and nothing more. I can’t wait to see how this plot unfolds.
“SUBPLOT A” GRADE: B
Holly J and Blue were dating? Could’ve fooled me. As student body president, a tame Holly J gives into random demands from people because Blue keeps stepping in and saying “She’ll take care of it.” Basically he’s trying to force her into being this sweet girl who cares about other people, and that’s not who she is.
With Blue making all of her decisions for her and Holly J just taking it, this was a boring, useless subplot. A storyline with Holly J isn’t interesting if she isn’t acting in her own self interest, or acting like a bitch in general. At least she gets back to her old, normal self at the end. Sadly, this means Blue will probably go back to being his old self: a boring, useless character.
“SUBPLOT B” GRADE: D