Ahhh, the first week of The Boiling Point has flown by! Because the storylines this season are happening over the course of 2, 3 or 4 thirty-minute episodes, I’ve been reviewing each individual episode…so basically I’ve been reviewing sections of the storylines. But not all sections are created equal…it’s also important to look at each of this week’s storylines overall:
I rank What A Girl Wants as the 3rd best season premiere ever (behind When Doves Cry and Standing in the Dark), and part of that is thanks to Fiona’s storyline. It started off slow, but once the wheels started turning it didn’t hold back. I like how the story wasn’t all about the actual abuse all the time, like Bobby smacking her around every two minutes. There was the abuse, then they started focusing on Fiona’s breakdown.
Now I know a lot of people who have been fans of the show since the originals around are sort of comparing this abuse storyline to Terri’s back in Season 3. I actually prefer this one better: Rick was super controlling, but Bobby is an absolute monster. You could argue that Rick put Terri in a coma, but it’s not as if he INTENDED to push her down on the rock. Bobby intentionally threw Fiona down the stairs, and showed no remorse for his actions.
I was *this* close to hammering this storyline at the end, because I thought they might’ve been dropping the storyline cold in Breakaway Pt. 2…however, we found out Bobby will be returning later in the season. Let’s hope that whatever happens is equally as good as what’s happened so far.
The Election/Sav & Anya
This is my favorite storyline of the season so far. The writing for it is amazing. To sum it up briefly, I like how Sav, Anya and Holly J build up such a huge web of lies. Basically they’re all lying and using each other, and using the lies for their own personal gain. I just love the irony of how the lies bring success in some cases, failure in others, but in the end it everything comes crashing down and they’re all back right where they started.
Holly J Desperate For Cash
I don’t count this as part of any other storyline, even though her money issue was established in the first episode. I don’t know what’s happening, but Holly J’s reverting back to the unlikable, “holier than thou” character that dominated Season 7, and most of Season 8. I don’t like that.
I also don’t like that her primary reason for doing all this is Declan. Yeah the idea of going to Yale is up there, but she wants to go because he’s going there (I’m sure if he decided to go elsewhere, she’d probably follow him). Someone should tell her that relationships on Degrassi have an extremely low success rate.
The Fiona/Holly J friendship is one that’s necessary to the show I think, but this plot didn’t feel like any type of setup for anything since Holly J was forgiven so quickly. Besides, Holly J’s issues are going to revolve around Declan later in the season.
This storyline just sat there, and wasn’t interesting. That’s shocking to me, given that I LOVE both Dave and Alli as characters. In a way, they remind me of when JT was trying to date Manny in Season 3…that plot made me cheer for JT to get the girl. I really feel indifferent toward Dave’s quest because I just don’t feel the chemistry between him and Alli.
Maybe it’ll win me over at some point, because Dave doesn’t plan on giving up.
This storyline made a SPECTACULAR recovery in Breakaway Part 2 after a super slow start in Part 1. The best parts are (of course) Wesley grabbing Clare’s boobs, Clare telling off Jenna and the introduction of Eli.
I think I’m giving up on the idea of Clare and KC. Clare’s going to end up with Eli, and from the opening credits to the character galleries over at MuchMusic, Bianca and KC look they could be a hot item.
On a side note, I don’t know about you but one of the things I’m loving about the beginning of this season is how they’re introducing the new characters. Bianca’s had one line so far…Ms. Oh’s had a couple as well. Drew’s been around, but it’s just him casually bantering with Sav. Eli wasn’t introduced until the end of an episode. They’re gradually working them into the fold instead of immediately tossing them into the spotlight/giving them storylines on day one.
NEXT WEEK on Degrassi The Boiling Point (thx ACESOnline!):