[WARNING: THIS EPISODE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]
With Degrassi having been on hiatus for several months, the hype behind this episode was pretty big. That was on top of the original hype, based from some of Stefan Brogren’s tweets last summer:
7/22/09 – Just read scripts for an up coming Sav/Anya storyline. Beyond intense. Got shivers. Sorry, won’t tell.. Like to tease you guys.
9/11/09 – Just saw a rough cut of 915/916. Holy crap it’s good. Samantha Monroe made me cry like a little girl. Good going Anya!
If there’s one word to describe Broken Promises (originally titled Why Can’t This Be Love), it’s anticlimactic.
The first thirty minutes of this episode is nothing more than a setup for Part 2. I hate when they do that (they did it in Jane Says)…why allocate an entire 30-minute episode to a part of the story where nothing of interest happens? If it’s aired as an hour-long special you might not notice it, but I watched it as two separate parts…it’s more noticable that way.
The spring formal is coming up and of course Sav and Anya have plans to go together. The only thing is Sav’s parent’s don’t know he and Anya got back together after their last breakup. And family friends of the Bhandari’s are coming into town to stay with them.
They bring along Farrah, who both sets of parents want her to be Sav’s future wife. They also want Sav to take Farrah to prom as his date. Sav convinces Peter to pose as her date so that Sav can still go with Anya.
Part 2 has a faster tempo, throwing us in the midst of the prom. Through the entire episode Anya had hinted that she and Sav would be having sex on prom night. She’s even more determined when confronted by Farrah in the bathroom. In the blink of an eye, Farrah turns from the nice girl into a “Sav will eventually be mine” bitch, which made no sense considering there was no hints from Farrah that she was even genuinely interested in Sav to begin with.
Yes, Sav and Anya have sex. The kicker is that they didn’t have a condom, and Anya lied about being on birth control. She lied because she was scared of losing Sav at the time, and thought having sex with him would keep him around. Taking that angle about sex might’ve been the best thing to come from this episode, seeing as how they’ve touched on the whole sex thing so many times. Anya takes the morning after pill, but Sav breaks up with her because he can no longer trust her.
Now the acting in Broken Promises isn’t bad, but it’s nothing memorable either. One thing you will do is feel bad for Anya seeing as how the entire episode she feels like she’s being slowly pushed out of Sav’s life. Apparently this episode was supposed to make us cry? No tears here. I will give Samantha Munro credit, she can cry really well, but her crying scene at the end of this episode is nowhere near as amazing as when she cried in the Season 7 episode “Ladies Night.”
I wanted to love this episode and I was so stoked for it, so it’s disappointing that it was so incredibly mediocre (in a Season that’s been pretty great so far).
BROKEN PROMISES FINAL GRADE: C-
BROKEN PROMISES SUBPLOT A
I’m not going to spend much time on these because they weren’t very good at all. In Part 1, Johnny and Bruce grow apart. It’s a lame attempt at trying to show that Johnny’s maturing and going off to college next year, while Bruce will still be left behind. Bruce gets angry because he thinks Johnny is getting “full of himself” because he’s going to college, they fight, then they make up, completely voiding all of the muddled drama between them. Oh yeah, and Johnny’s got a new haircut.
SUBPLOT A FINAL GRADE: D
BROKEN PROMISES SUBPLOT B
I really like Alli and Dave, but this plot was dumb. They’re recruited to serve drinks at the prom, which Alli thinks she’s too cool do. They’re also both part of a jump roping club, which she considers lame too. Dave puts her in her place because she’s way too worried about “being cool.” Unfortunately it’s one of those plots where even if it’s two likable characters, there’s an odd chemistry between them. That, and the plot seems extraordinarily out of place compared to the main plot.
SUBPLOT B FINAL GRADE: D+